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Postby doggy » Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:04 pm

I have been quite vocal over the last week about the behaviour of certain members of staff at FGR, no names , don’t want to get blocked again!!
However , at this time I think it’s very important we let the players know they have our complete support and backing, we have a lot of young players who need positivity in the coming games and that starts with us, so no matter how we feel about certain people, and mine was only with two “characters” and I call them that with tongue in cheek, but, let’s move on, let’s show the team we have faith and belief in them.
My gripe was never with the team.
I forecast 15th at the beginning of the season, the squad we had then was very young and despite lots of coming and going, it’s still young, even with Logan in! Anything above that will be a bonus for me, we must encourage these players or they will leave for pastures new without the interference of MC because no one wants to play In a library!
So drummer and Crispin get banging on Saturday and us oldies in the SS will try and get going.
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Re: Support the players

Postby TreeHugger » Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:35 pm

A very sensible post that I hope people will get on board with. Players ain’t gonna thrive when they feel undervalued.
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Re: Support the players

Postby Timb » Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:55 pm

Agreed. Get behind the squad and the XI on the pitch. Good post Doggy.
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Re: Support the players

Postby Tomiswalking » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:20 pm

Yep, 100 %
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Re: Support the players

Postby Tommo » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:33 pm

Of course this is right. Seeing Stevens in tears at the end of the last home game brought home to me how young and impressionable they are and how some might be permanently damaged by the sort of vitriol and negativity some of them have to face from some of us.

Lets get behind the team and turn the season around again on and off the pitch. And if 15th is what we get, lets be thankful for that.
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Re: Support the players

Postby Silver Surfer » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:36 pm

100% agree. Most sensible post for ages. Let's make some noise on Saturday and Tuesday.
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Re: Support the players

Postby DominicH » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:58 pm

Agreed 100%
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Re: Support the players

Postby Lady Magpie » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:09 pm

Good post doggy, agree 100%.

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Re: Support the players

Postby Pitchfork » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:13 pm

Well said doggy. A timely & well argued case for 'Support the Players' & 'the manager' I might add. They're all in this together and a 12th man behind them makes all the difference.

I especially look forward to seeing Bailey after his wonder goal at Grimsby...and of course Chris Stokes who could be our talisman over the next 4 months
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Re: Support the players

Postby Bronco » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:48 pm

Agree as they cannot rely on their manager for any proper support
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Re: Support the players

Postby T50 BOS » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:39 pm

Come on ..... supporting the team during the match means supporting the coaching staff too !!
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Re: Support the players

Postby 20yrs and counting » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:42 pm

Great post doggy. As long as the players show spirit and commitment I will support likewise. Almost best to ignore what goes on behind the scenes and the way the management team act and the strange interviews they give. It’s about supporting the players. The squad at beginning of season I predicted 18th and with additions about 15th. So I feel they are slightly over performing. Whether that’s due to coaching or team selection I’m not so sure.

Time to ignore negativity around TNL and just support players as much as possible.
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Re: Support the players

Postby voodoobluesman » Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:00 am

With you there, doggy 100%

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Re: Support the players

Postby Football Poets » Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:15 am

Nice one Doggy....totally agree.

I'm largely unable to get to away games but I get to ev'ry home game .
It's been a good while since I've looked foward to or enjoyed the atmosphere in the South Stand..Tranmere maybe was the last time..

I was saying to Jack the main drummer at the Carlisle game how it's one step forward and two steps back all the time.
Dale oking the drum raised stand and then over zealous stewards removing an over-vociferous young minority for swearing and objecting to Dale the move etc. It's so sad.

These are strange times with regard to industrial language.Racism creeping back. Things i spent wortking on for years and ages in schools aroung the country for Kick Out Out and Show Racism The Red Card. Like everyone, rightly or wrongly I've learned to live with it. I've always been a rebel, even though I'm now in my seventies. I hate the game becoming so sanitised but understand it to a degree. That's why we and many clubs have a family stand too. I hate Sky Bet betting signs at matches by the goals in front of me..and betting logos on so many clubs' shirts..but that's another undealt with by the authorities gripe.

When I first started watching football in the fifties in the Shed at Chelsea no-one really swore, fans mixed together and songs were sung.
We all now know it went after that .Dark times.

Because protest is fine but when it gets the players and the team we love.... it cuts deep.

So much negativity from what is a very small but in the past incredibly vocal percentage of our Stand that I wanted to and still want to be a part of.. . However seeing Matty Stevens up close in tears really got to me at the end of the Carlisle match. Yes we had been dreadful, but it was a new low.

I will try as ever on Saturday and Tuesday and beyons but you need to all raise your voices with me louder and louder .I can't lead so loud vocally as I once could..Because..look..bottom line....for as long as we can stay here...in Forest Green and on this planet.....here we are on this hill, beautiful surroundings, setting an incredible example that many love and many hate , dremaingf of promotion still (somehow!) punching in many's minds way above our weight.

So let's do it..come on

Onward ~ best wishes to you all ...Crispin

(PS a little home win again would be good for starters..wouldn't it?)
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Re: Support the players

Postby BeKind » Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:27 am

A wonderful post doggy. I agree 100%!
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Re: Support the players

Postby Eco-Exile » Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:16 pm

Great post. I think we all support the players, although some will say only 99% of the players!

It is hard to voice concerns with issues at the club without it interfering with the players and that is the case at all clubs where some fans are against the manager and ownership decisions.
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Re: Support the players

Postby Tj1889 » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:53 pm

Great post Doggy. Let’s show them our support on Saturday.
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Re: Support the players

Postby Kentstripe » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:10 pm

What pretty much everyone connected to the club, whether that be ownership, management, players or especially fans want, whatever their differences might be, is for the club to win matches and be as successful as possible.

Getting behind the team can only help with that common goal imo.
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Re: Support the players

Postby 20yrs and counting » Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:02 pm

We must attract more fans. If I was going up for the first time I would be very unimpressed. As a long time supporter I have seen atmosphere, togetherness slip season after season for last 5 years. People just don’t seem to have a smile on their face. Atmosphere flat as a pancake. Doesn’t seem to be any connection btw management and fans or players and fans. Though not surprised with our rotating door policy.

Though the players do seem a nice bunch- Maybe too nice over the years; hence why we always lose crucial matches. I do think the atmosphere at home does affect the players and part of reason why we play better away. I accept professionalism does mean a change in certain ways but there must be some to improve match day experience and atmosphere. Doesn’t help that Stroud league plays on a Sat rather than Sun decimating our 18-35 year old age bracket who will be playing. Which is what I did for 20 years. Hopefully there will be more initiatives to attract supporters.
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Re: Support the players

Postby Kentstripe » Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:06 pm

5 years ago the crowds were nearly 1k less then we're getting now tbf. The atmosphere has always pretty flat remember people complaining for years that we're too quiet.
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