Originally Posted by steve30000
lets reduce the grounds capacity then, never going to use most of the seats.
Typical Skyboy comment !
Roker Park held crowds of over 60k on several occasions in the sixties and over 50k loads of times in the 60's and 70's yet the average attendance for any year in those two decades was below what is being achieved now. RP also used to empty towards the end of games at EVERY game.
Since the move to the SoL, there has been constant wingeing about crowd size and leaving early. I can get into the excitement of Nathan Gunn's attendance predictions coz I love to see sell-outs and it's a little bit of fun before the match. But this self-righteous, priggish attitude on here from kids (not you) slagging off people who don't attend crosses the line and becomes insulting.
These same daft knackers are the first to complain if a manager criticises the fans, but feel free to be able to do the same ? FFS grow up and develop some tolerance for your fellow fans. I've been where you are, all new out of school and keen to be at every match and spend all my money of supporting the lads. It's like aright of passage, everyone''s been through it before. As the intensity of youth fades and your life experience expands, other things come into focus that also demand some time and so you can't be as exclusive as you once were. That doesn't mean you care any less, it just means that you care about more items and so the time spent on any one is diminished.
On special occasions, the fire of youth returns and you have to be there again, usually because you believe it means so much for the club and that you can make a difference. Enjoy these occasions and revel in the higher crowds.
It's FOR nights like these that the ground should be larger, not smaller, to accommodate the extra fans that want to be there. We can get back to 50k plus crowds with the occasional 60k plus one here and there if the ground is large enough. If it wasn't for the current economic climate, Tuesday night would have been a 50k+ night easily.