I’ve been a Chelsea supporter since 1964, going to my first game in 1974. I went all through the bad times in the 70s and early 80s, until I gave up my season ticket, discovered music and travelling, got married, had kids and was a happy little housewife. Those that know me may be struggling with that latter image! But yes, you read correctly…I STOPPED GOING TO CHELSEA FOR A WHILE.
Disgusted? Disappointed in me? Want me off the CSG? Well, guess what? I never stopped loving Chelsea, watching them whenever I could and supporting them. And also guess what? Chelsea survived! And so did I until the kids were a bit older and I was a bit richer. And then I came back, well before Roman and I brought the kids with me this time.
Why are you telling us this, you’re wondering? Why, as an officer of the CSG, would you be telling us you missed a decade? Well, I’m telling you this because I can’t believe the attitude of some of you to the idea of boycotting just one game for the greater good.
I understand that missing a game for some is difficult – there are a multitude of reasons why many want to go – I myself have heard – “I’ve never missed a game”, “I want the loyalty points so I can get an Arsenal away ticket”, “someone else will take my place”, “the Club need the money so we can be the best” (this latter one particularly amuses me) – but sometimes sacrifices are necessary and I feel that this is one of those occasions.
I’d just like to make this absolutely clear: not only am I boycotting Genk, I am also boycotting Leverkusen and Valencia. My choice, I know, but as soon as the ticket prices were announced, I made the decision. Why? Because I don’t want to wake up one May and find I can’t afford my season ticket any more.
The club won’t go into administration if you don’t go to one game - I can promise you that we’ll still be able to afford to pay the wonderful Mr Mata’s wages. And Frank’s and even JT’s. Really. The club receive tens of millions from the premier league, UEFA, sponsors, advertisers – the list is endless. This boycott is to make the club think – to make them understand that gate receipts are equally important to the balance books and if they get them wrong – like I believe they have this time, we will react.
And perhaps someone will take your seat for this game – but I promise you the club don’t want to outlay tens of thousands of pounds for radio & paper advertisments to tempt in the tourists is – just one boycott could make the club think again.
But you go to every game? Fantastic! I applaud you. Enjoy it while you can afford it, because what I do promise you is this – while you pay it, the Club will charge it. And keep pushing it higher, until one day you won’t be able to go to every game. You’ll decide you prefer to eat once a day, or pay your fares to get to work or have a roof over your head
The only way to send a message to the Club is by a low attendance at the Genk game. Remember Rosenborg. You all enjoyed low prices for a while because people talked with their feet. DO IT NOW, while you can still afford to go.