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Mammoth post Easy. Excellent points on the matter. Many moons ago I went down to a mid week match to watch the lads play Bury when we were in a relegation dog fight to stay in the then second division. There was a young lad a wee boy and he was playing on the wing at the time. He was having a bad night. As the match progressed nothing improved and the crowd continued to barrack him, The ball went out of play just in front of us, the young lad bent down to pick the ball up and as he stood up you could see the tears welling up as the abuse continued. Get him off, he's bloody useless, came ringing out from just behind me, the lad looked around and carried on until the match finished. Our manager came over to the lad and put his arm around him and led him off the pitch. The manager was The Don and the wee lad with the ginger crop was Billy B a homesick young lad a long way from home "the legend that we know and now revere" .Enough said on the matter. If you are a true fan you take the rough with the smooth, the good with the bad. If fans don't like what they see let them stay away and become fair-weather supporters, rather than voice their disapproval vocally. IMO it achieves nothing.
Good point Tom!
In a similar vein I remember being at Charlton when we got promoted to Division 1 when a young lad called Terry Cooper played on the wing and had an absolute stinker. The don then turned him into one of the best full backs in the country.
We can all moan but being negative towards your them never does any good in the end and as you say you just have to take the rough with the smooth even though frustration will always kick in at some point.
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Whilst I find some fan behaviour abhorrent, I still believe that they have a right to vent within reason. Do you think that it is a possibility Terry Cooper and Billy Bremner were helped to be shaped into the men and the players they were because they had to do it the hard way?