In the Morecambe matchday programme Matt Breach, Chairman of the Dons Trust, wrote about behaviour by a minority of fans that was putting at risk our reputation as a family-friendly club, and how the DT and Football Club boards – with your help – propose to tackle it.
The article was also posted on the AFC Wimbledon website and you can read it here.
Matt asked for feedback from fans, a brief summary of which is published below.
In support of the article
- Glad you are taking this on as an issue…this is not what I pay to hear and is both disappointing and upsetting. Announcements might help target those responsible if that is possible during the game.
- Great article, a tough issue but great we address it head on. Can I suggest an SMS short code so fans can send a text in real time to a steward who can within 5 minutes come to an area so that the situation can be monitored. This will get more fans involved with self-policing.
- Quite frankly, if their actions can cost the club in any way, we don’t want them. If they are identified, they should be banned.
- I was very pleased to see the robust statement about unacceptable behaviour by a minority of fans. I took my nine-year-old grandson to a home match last season: we were in the standing area. It was a very unsavoury experience and I have not taken him to a game since.
- I completely agree with the tone of the article and that self-policing is one way forward.
- For me this is a more important issue, regarding the long-term future of our club, than whether we fight off relegation and I expect the club to do everything to ensure that such reported inappropriate behaviour is effectively combated.
Agreed, there is nothing wrong with passionate supporters, but whether football is still a “working class” game is debateable and I think any implication that the reported misbehaviours are acceptable, and even an inherent part of being “working class” is mistaken.
Opposed to the article
- Are we turning this club into a wishy-washy liberal middle class institution which will have an affiliation with the All England Tennis Club? Football is a working class game. Supporters will be passionate and there is nothing wrong with that.