Nothing will ever quell the happiness I feel when Coventry score a goal. Today we scored four of the bleeders and I’m so, so delighted. This response is engrained within me.
But at this point, my thoughts immediately move to the next game, and how a winning Coventry City potentially affects the Keep CCFC in Coventry movement – and obviously the continued boycott of all games in Northampton.
Boycott is our key method of protest; the only genuine way we can prove our disgust at moving away from Coventry. While the focus has turned recently to the discussions around how this is a personal choice more than anything else, for a large proportion of people, the choice isn’t even there for them to make. Northampton is miles away – end of story, and for many who can only go to home games because they’re local – the club winning will not even be a factor. It’s simply not possible for them to make it. It’s a horrible situation for all of us, but it’s the fans who have no choice in the matter that I feel most sorry for.
But what of the people who do have a choice? Who could make it to Northampton if they really wanted to? I guess I count myself as one of those, even though it’d be a bloody bind.
It’s long been said the test of the boycott would come if the unthinkable happened and we actually turned good. Now, this is only two wins – so we shouldn’t get carried away. But at the same time, this is football, and two games is more than enough time for there to be a change in trajectory and an altered fan perception. All of a sudden the talk is of soaring from the depths of the league, when only ten days ago relegation felt a certainty. We’re still working this bunch out, and our feelings will fluctuate with each success as well as setback.
But the big question is still there to be addressed: will people change their minds about Northampton if we start winning? You can guarantee Sisu will be attempting to predict it.
From my perspective as someone who is keen to send as strong a message to Sisu as possible, I was always concerned about how this protest could evolve if the team suddenly turned great. People will easily avoid making an effort if they think they’re not going to miss much, in all walks of life. People are lazy.
But this is very different when there’s something interesting going on. We may be lazy, but we are also nosy. Intrigue is a natural tendency; that’s why you’ll always get people loitering around scenes of destruction.
And the same principle applies for football fans. Well, it’s a little tenous, but as a general rule, you get more fans when you’re doing well (the interesting stuff) than when you’re failing (which is notoriously difficult to motivate yourself for).
The team has gone goal crazy recently, and as a boycotter, I do wonder just how many will scuttle back to Northampton to see what all the fuss is about. This reaction is what Sisu have been banking on all along – which is no secret, they even said as much at the forums: “Oh, you’ll be back if we’re winning” was the tone. 7000 fans was the figure. The smug bastards.
I don’t want to place a dampener on the results – none of this alters my affection towards the lads or what they’ve done – but rather than getting upset about potentially missing a lot of it, after spending a bit of time to assess my feelings, I actually think this offers the perfect opportunity to stress just how headstrong we need to be if this campaign is to prove anything. Like I’ve said – it’s easy enough not to turn up if the team are losing all the time. But deliberately missing out on the interesting stuff, even after all these years of uselessness? There’s your statement, right there.
Look, we all love the club in our own way. Deep down, I bet most of us are loving that the team is showing signs of progression and being able to win games. We love these things.
But for me, the sanctity of our club’s identity remains the most crucial thing in this argument, and I know one thing; as much as it upsets me when I miss out on the good stuff, I’m not going to give in that easily.
And by not turning up at Northampton, even when my every urge has me desperate to watch some football again, I find clarity in just how much power we have in this situation. Sisu are gamblers, it’s the business they’re in – and as part of this move to Northampton, they’re banking on fans giving in once they start to miss it.
Well, this fan’s not for breaking. In fact, if anything, the more we win, the more I’ll want to prove just how headstrong I can be. They’ve dismissed our thoughts and opinions all summer long. It’s truly heartbreaking to miss all these games after so many years devotion, but if this eventually forces a change of tack from the people making these reckless decisions with our club, then it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.
KEEP CCFC IN COVENTRY.