What Is Expected Of A Football Club’s Supporters/Fans? by KAF
So, here’s the thing: some people think the word “fan” or “supporter”, in football, means one who supports a club and its players and whole-heartedly accepts everything done by the clubs administrative board, coach, players and asks no question whatsoever even when it is glaring that things are going wrong or not being done properly.
Well, there’s a huge difference between a “puppet” and a “fan”, you can always look up the definition of both words; one isn’t human (inanimate) and is animated or controlled by someone else, the other is human – a living being with a will. Puppets don’t complain, the analyse nothing, they act solely on the command their animator gives. But fans are not puppets.
If at Arsenal, a player who plays for us isn’t good enough, should we, just because we are fans, sit back and applaud his mediocrity? Or if our coach repeatedly makes the wrong tactical decisions and costs us games, should we sit back and chant his praise like there’s nothing wrong, just because we are fans? When a governing body goes unquestioned at all times, its activities are not being scrutinised, dictatorship is born.
Some of the players playing for us are very average, we (the fans) have the right to complain. As fans, we have expectations for our club, we’d like our club to be factually the best in the world and win every trophy there is to win. We are an essential integral part of the club, not just with our voices and emotions, but our money too. We, as a club, may not win everything, but we must make a thorough effort to. It is better to try and fail than never trying at all.