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Football Without The Fans Is Nothing | Huddersfield Town

Football Without The Fans Is Nothing | Huddersfield Town |The great Jock Stein played his part in changing the face of football. The legendary manager was famously quoted as saying, “football without the fans is nothing” how right he was! Here at 90 Minute Cynic, we want to reinforce the great mans words and give the games most important people, the fans, their say.
Today we speak to Marco Jackson. Marco writes about football on http://www.frominsideright.wordpress.com/ as well as other sites . Follow Marco on twitter @Marco4J
What team do you support?
Having been born under the grey Pennine skies looking down on
Huddersfield from on high, as a boy I was drawn, naturally, to QPR.
That passed after a few years though, and I have been a Huddersfield
Town fan of many years. I have many other affiliations developed over
the years (both explicable and less so), most notably to Marseille,
Torino, and the Greek and Malian national teams.

How often to you go to watch your team?
I’ve managed one game this season – 2-3 defeat to Watford. It used to
be, while living in the area, every home game and between 5 and all
the away. Now its twice or thrice in total, and its generally more to
see friends than football.

What’s your first memory of “going to the football”?
The first match I went to was at Sealand Road, Chester, as the father
of a friend of mine refereed a match between Chester and Mansfield. I
don’t remember much about that, but my second match was also at
Sealand Road. There can’t have been many there, but my abiding memory
is the crowd acting as if as one. It wasn’t infectious, per se, but
intrigued me enough. Before long, I was a regular at Leeds Road.

What do you think of entrance prices at football?
In 2006, I paid £20 to get into the worst match I’ve ever seen. Bury
drew 1-1 with Oxford but it utterly tedious, the worst money I’ve ever
spent. I can’t believe that paying £20 would be a blessing nowadays.
It’s prohibitively expensive, particularly for those who have to travel
before attending. Thumbs down from me.
What’s your average spend on match days?
Generally about £20 to get to the ground, £25 for the ticket, £20-30
on refreshment, £3 on a programme and possibly £2 on a badge if I’m
somewhere I like. So, £70 and more. I’d like that to be £20 lower, to
be honest, if I was going to go more often.

Do you buy club merchandise from official club outlets if not why not?
Sometimes. I tend to receive club items as gifts, but the things I’d
buy would probably be shirts, and I prefer retro reproductions to
current ones.

Do you think your club could be doing more to “connect” with fans?
To be honest, for those around the club, no. There’s lots of
interaction both online and in person with supporters – the club has
countless q and a sessions, and the Twitter side of things is well
active. I know the work in the community is both wide-ranging and seen
as very important, so no. Off the pitch, the club is as good as I’ve
known it.
Are you in favour of reintroducing standing areas at stadiums?
If it could be done safely, and to match demand, I don’t see why not.
The seats are there for a reason though – not just to ruin atmosphere
– and its important to remember that. I used to love standing at
grounds like Griffin Park, Edgeley Park and Gresty Road.

Do you play at any level?
Not for a long time. I was a commanding six-a-side goalkeeper in my
day after dropping back from midfield. I took a mean freekick, but
didn’t like attacking at all. I’d like to step back out, and keep
offering my services as a not-so-mobile centre-back. Nobody has taken
me up on the offer as yet.
Do you or would you consider coaching at any level?
I don’t, but I would. If I had a young family member who was in a
team, I could see me getting involved.
If you could implement one thing for the good of the game what would it be?
Honestly? I’d stop it being televised. All the ills in the game can be
traced back to television somewhere along the line. They also don’t
give good shots of goalkeepers’ standing positions. The flip side of
that is that, having seen more than half of Torino’s games this
season, that number would reduce to 0 if they weren’t televised. So If
I couldn’t do that, I’d get someone with at least a minimal level of
brain power to vet the fonts/colours of names and numbers on shirts to
ensure they are legible and easy on the eye.

Favourite moment following your team?
Danny Schofield scored a lob from near the touchline in a game against
Nottingham Forest that was utterly, utterly beautiful. I can see its
arc now – one of those that teases the defenders in to clear it but
just has enough pace to defeat them. Gorgeous stuff. I’ve never been
one for moments of great joy at football. You see me, even if the
opposition are attacking, chastising them for playing the wrong pass,
or miscontrolling it. I want everyone to play well, just prefer my
team to win at the end of it.

Favourite football moment not featuring your team?
Didier Drogba’s Champions League winning penalty for Chelsea was
pretty sweet, for someone who’d been defending him since he terrorised
Europe with Marseille, as was Zidane’s goal against Leverkusen but
there’s only one. Roberto Baggio’s meisterwerk v. Czechoslovakia in
1990.

If you could have been at any game in history what would it be?
Any Torino match between 1940 and 1948. Maybe the 2-5 victory against
Juventus on 18/10/1942, looking back.
The thing that annoys you most about football?
The fact everybody has an opinion on everything. Sometimes, surely,
people must NOT care? I try not to care about things. Saves me getting
worked up about that which doesn’t matter. Also kits which have
surnames in lower case. Also, the linguistic disparity between Bayern
and Munich. Bayern München or Bavaria Munich. Not a combo.

What do you think of the transfer window? Should it stay or should
clubs be allowed to buy at any point of the season?
They do anyway. They just disguise it under ‘loans with a permanent
option’. The deadline day leads to desperate signings of poor, poor
players. I could get rid of it happily.

Do you think the Championship is the most competitive league in Europe?
Its up there. Serie B tends to be just as interesting (though Sassuolo
have grabbed this year by the horns)

What’s the best bit of “banter” you’ve heard or seen at a football game?
I never really pay it much attention, to be honest. The best chant I
heard was at Brentford a couple of years back. A couple of (I assume)
quite drunken blokes started singing ‘Who Put The Ball In The
B*stards’ Net?’ but, instead of just answering with the traditional
David Cowling (scored against Leeds in the early 1980s) they gave a
rendition of every Town player they could remember having scored
against Leeds. The high point was Andy Holdsworth, while the low point
was Joe-y Skarz-ey.

What makes your club so special?
The unique blend of glorious history and recent calamity means we
always think there might be better ahead, while secretly knowing there
probably won’t be.

Anything else you want to say?

A couple of things.  Firstly, it takes no extra effort to order the
scores so the away team is second. If I travel to Liverpool and my
team win, they win 1-2, not 2-1. Sort it out, media, we pay you for
that. Secondly, football is a game. How do you get to a point where
you ‘hate’ people who support a different team to you? You can’t play
football AT people, you play it with them. The most fun I’ve had at
football have been with supporters of both teams.

Remember to check out Marco’s site  www.frominsideright.wordpress.com/ . Follow Marco on twitter @Marco4J.

You can follow Bryan @bryanmcmanus.


Living proof that Thomas Jefferson was wrong when he said “all men are created equal” although considering Thomas Jefferson also said an African nation would win the World Cup before the year 2000 why should anyone listen to him? Bryan has a passion for Celtic, a love of football and a tendency to make completely absurd statements in such a way that you might actually agree with them. Follow on twitter @bryanmcmanus


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