A stadium half-full - where have all the Coventry City fans gone?
I LOVED Highfield Road, a proper football ground, but now our home is the Ricoh stadium and since we have been playing here, I have missed just one home game, so I do feel part of the furniture.
But looking around the place lately, I'm wondering, where have all our fans gone?
Take the Forest game, only 18,000, then the Q.P.R.ÃÂ game, much less. A half-full stadium is becoming the norm.
My mate said it could be because of the cold weather, or the recession, or for the Forest match, a lot will be on nights, excuses, excuses, excuses, an endless list of them.
Call me an old cynic, but if you follow a team, you do all you can to turn up for a match, so why all the lame excuses ?
The Forest fans came out with the usual chant, " your ground's too big for you". They may be right, because they get good crowds, so do the likes of Derby, Leicester, both Sheffield teams and, of course, Newcastle United.
So why can't we ? I used to stand on the Spion Kop, and in the West End at the old ground, and I recall crowds well in the 20,000 mark, so if we had them then, surely we can get them again ?
Maybe the part-timers may turn up more now we are starting to put together a decent run, but looking at this on another level, would us regulars feel a bit bitter, at the sight of the occasional fan turning up ?
Obviously the club would welcome them back, like prodigal sons, but wouldn't it be better to see them cheering the Sky Blues on throughout the whole season, not just now and then?