Ah well, Chelsea win the Europa cup thereby reminding me how sad I was 3 years ago and in 1975 and, after the season we've just had, the simple and undeniable truth; we're not good enough. Not good enough to compete for a trophy, not good enough to win more than 3 games away and probably next season - not good enough to remain in the Prem. Frankly after 40 odd years of this, I've had enough.
I agree with you Jim.At the age of 66 I've decided not to renew my ticket for next season.I have been going to the Cottage since 1956 when my dear old Dad took me for the first time.Its the same club that I worshipped as a kid but something is different there now.I can't put my finger on it but things have changed,maybe its football in general that's changed or is it me just getting old.This squad of players we've got should be ashamed of themselves this season.We talk a lot these days of playing with passion and pride when turning out for your club but this lot have none of that.Why should I pay good money to watch a team that on the whole look as though they couldn't care less?I don't mind supporting a team that lose a lot more games than they win,God knows we've all got used to that over the years,but to watch a team that has no guts is hard to take.Old players like Haynes,Langley,Maurice Cook,Bobby Robson,Beddy Jezzard to name but a few must be turning in their graves at this lot.I said a few months ago that we were in danger of going down,I could see it a mile off.I know now how QPR fans must feel about their players,we were lucky we got away with it.But something big has got to happen over the summer or we will be gone next time.New manager?That would do for a start.Poyet sounds good to me.He's done ok with Brighton so far and I think he's got a bit of a spark in him which we're going to need.Will Mo spend some money or has he lost his spark?I'll tell you something though,if we keep this lot for next season we've no chance.
posted by Mick (Guest) - Wednesday 15th May 2013, 11:05 PM
Mick, you should send this message to someone at the club. I am sure you will not be the only one not to renew and unless you tell them they will not understand the reasons. Try the Chief Executive Alistair MacIntosh, apparently he and Martin Jol are not the best of friends... Either way, the club should know your decision and the reasons behind it. That goes for anyone who is considering the same.
posted by Hints - Thursday 16th May 2013, 12:05 AM
Fulhamish end of season moans!!!Mo and Jol kept us in The Prem with lack of resources and a small squad.Through Mo we are financially better off than most Banks.Whereas we are all suffering Austerity Fulham have survived.So put that in your pipes and smoke it . COYWs
We survived anover season.
posted by Robert Cossey-Mowle (Guest) - Thursday 16th May 2013, 12:30 AM
Sad to see you go but if you wanted success you should have gone years ago. This is a small club and without Mo a championship one like Charlton, Palace. So much unrealistic stuff posted on this site.
posted by Phil (Guest) - Thursday 16th May 2013, 7:39 AM
I fully understand where Mick's coming from and it's sad one of our long term supporters has taken such a decision. It's not much to ask for the team to play with more passion and desire. I don't expect the team to win every match, but I do expect them to compete and not rollover.
Unlike our teams of the early 00's, 90's and earlier, they have lost their identity, the lack of British players may be the cause, an ineffective playing captain unable to gel the players is another and of cause a weak manager who's undecided how and who to play and most of all a very poor squad of players.
For me I have renewed my season ticket. Since returning to the Cottage I've made friends amongst those who sit around me and I enjoy the crack with them and I would miss this if I didn't renew.
Lets all hope the team performs better in the coming season. COYW
posted by martinwatson (Guest) - Thursday 16th May 2013, 9:16 AM
Sorry Phil, but I reckon it's your post which is unrealistic.
Do you want a club that spends its time in the bottom half, concerned about relegation every match, looking at results for teams that have done worse than us? And rarely having the diversion of a decent cup run.
Similar clubs like Fulham do offer better entertainment, more commitment and more success. Take Swansea for example.
Fans ARE entitled to see commitment and in very match.
The difference between the Fulham team now and the Fulham we grew up with, is the absence of home grown players.
Even your average imports are expensive, short term, and don't give shit about the club.
I thought the FA was going to restrict the number of foreigners in the squad. It looks like Fulham are restricting the number of English players.
posted by willie2B - Thursday 16th May 2013, 9:26 AM
Mick I could not agree with you more wholeheartedly.
I'm nudging 70 years and like you remember the old days , good and bad , when players played with real passion and I think were proud to take the field on behalf of themseves , the fans and club.
This lot are a load of lazy , overpaid , self-interested time servers.They , in the main , have loyalty to themselves and nothing and nobody else . Performances over the past few weeks have been a disgrace and everyone associated with putting these teams out should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for taking their wages under false pretences.
I like you will not , after many many years be renewing my season ticket , nor will my son and a number of other regulars we know.
These people have to wake and remember football is entertainment and exists not for the fans but because of them.......no fans contributing their pennies no team.
Jol is the root cause of our problems and until MAF does something about getting rid of him fans will start to vote with their feet and his asset will continue to lose value .
Ability questionable but you can't fault the commitment and passion of the likes of ; Hill, Langley , Cook , Keetch etc.etc.
We are what we are a lower mid-table team realize that be proud and lets have some football , win or lose , we can be proud of .Amen.
posted by Mortlake (Guest) - Thursday 16th May 2013, 9:47 AM
Phil,I can understand your reply,I used to be like you.I used to wear my Fulham Blinkers and not see the wood for the trees.I used to support Fulham through thick and thin,but in the past the players I have supported didnt take the piss out of their fans like this lot are doing every week.If you haven't seen the lack of pride,passion and the will to do their best by this team since xmas then you don't know much about the the REAL heart and soul of Fulham Football Club.
Also I didn't say I wasn't renewing my season ticket because of a lack of success,read it again and you'll see why.I didn't start supporting Fulham because they were successful,I could have gone elsewhere for that.
I think you're right Willie about the foreign players,especially the on loan players.How can you get the pride of playing for your club if your only there for a few months.Loan players used to be used to get you out of a sticky situation on a short term deal,not to be used constantly to form a large part of your squad.
posted by Mick (Guest) - Thursday 16th May 2013, 10:59 AM
I think that if you compare Karagounis and Riise you can see the difference. Kara is a short termer but you would think he was born on Stevenage Road, Riise, on the other hand, is saluting his old club on the bloody pitch, during the game in a white shirt. There are good pros out there, but this bunch just arent them. Look at Wigan, would our boys have dug deep like that ? I doubt it ...
posted by Phil74 - Thursday 16th May 2013, 11:11 AM
Cottage has a capacity of 25700 and gets that every home league game. If all you guys drop your season tickets and don't go, it will still get 25700. And when, next season or the one after, we are pushing for 7th or 8th spot or looking good in a cup, you'll be watching Brentford or Kingstonian.
Isn't it great being a real, life long supporter.
posted by Al (Guest) - Thursday 16th May 2013, 11:56 AM
Mick and Willie
My point is stop complaining about things you can't control.
Enjoy the ride, the good and the bad and be a sportsman. It's about taking part.
There no blinkers on me FFC could do better and worse but it's my day put and I would to discuss he team and especially the kids who some of you seem to know a lot about which is of interest.
The negative views are an irrelevance you won't change a thing except your stress levels.
Peace and Love
posted by Phil (Guest) - Thursday 16th May 2013, 5:26 PM
Al,if we get relegated next season half of that 25,700 will disappear,mark my words.Fulham have got about 15,000 strong fans,the rest are the prawn sandwich variety who will be off as soon as we drop.By the way I've been to 31 Fulham games home and away this season,how many have you been to?
Have really enjoyed the exchanges from everyone on this post.It seems to have got people's juices flowing one way or another.But I think it's fair to say that not everyone on this forum thinks that everthings rosy in the Craven Cottage garden.
posted by Mick (Guest) - Thursday 16th May 2013, 11:50 PM