I don’t stay to the end of games because I’m a better person than someone who chooses to leave early. I stay because I view fans as participants, not just spectators.
I don’t feel like a customer who can give or withdraw my support depending on the quality of the product. I feel like an essential part of the occasion and that I can contribute to the support given to the players. I think a crowd can make a difference and can lift players so that they play better. I believe that having fans at a Birmingham City game is as almost as essential as having the players there.
After watching our fans stream out of the ground following Brentford’s second goal, I think that people who feel as I do are in a minority now. That makes me sad. How can we encourage our players to fight to the end if we don’t stay to watch them?