John says it is linked correctly now but all I can see is Chris’ last blog. In case anyone else is having the same issue as me and can only see a blog that talks about Trevor and that you’ve read before, then here are the words that Chris would like shared:
As will come as no surprise to anyone reading this who knows me I spend an awful lot of time thinking about all things “Poole Town”. I am very proud of the Club and I am very proud of our reputation and anything that diminishes that reputation is obviously going to be a concern to me. It is also very important to me that anyone coming to our ground, be it our own fans, visiting fans, home players, home officials, away officials whoever has an enjoyable experience.
The performance of the team over the course of the last few games has been uplifting for all of us. The tremendous vocal support that the team has received of late has equally been uplifting for the team. It has been brilliant at home games but that support takes on a whole new significance in the away fixtures and the huge volume of that vocal support dwarfing that of the home supporters in recent away games has been awesome.
There are just two observations however that I would want to make.
Firstly, there has crept into that support a degree of bad language which has never previously featured within the RWA. For many years those that sing behind the goal have prided themselves on avoiding any of the bad language which regrettably is prevalent at so many grounds these days. I would love to think that we might be able to return to the days of zero tolerance in terms of such language.
We are never going to eradicate it completely but we can try!
The most important feature of these thoughts however relate to some of the comments that have been made recently to visiting teams as they have left the field of play. There have been a few comments made which have been personal and inappropriate in my view. I never like to hear for example visiting players “mocked” for any mistakes that they might have made during the course of a game and regrettably I have heard that of late which has saddened me. We should always be gracious in my view in both victory and defeat, the more so in victory. We all know how bad it feels to come off the field of play having lost a game and I feel that we should respect that feeling in others.
We have been so successful over the years that the interruption to that unmitigated run of success recently has not been easy. All the signs are that we are leaving that period behind us but the memory of it should cause us to have respect for the feelings of a beaten opponent and not seek to make those feelings worse by personal criticism.
Finally, the above thoughts have been prompted to a great extent by the magnificent result of my vice chairman Richard Gale’s “Kids Initiative” driven free vouchers which he has distributed through the cooperation of a clutch of local schools. 180 youngsters attended our game against Kings Langley as a result of those vouchers and all the youngsters were given a free Poole Town FC “school bag”. The smiling faces from those youngsters clutching their Poole Town emblazoned school bag cheering on the team which prior to Saturday they probably never knew existed was a joy to behold and hopefully over the course of the next few weeks/months/years many of those youngsters will turn into Poole Town supporters of the future. We need to provide them with a wholesome environment to enjoy their football, full of support for the team but free of foul and abusive language.