By Ron Beaumont
Football is about feelings.
Somewhere on the line between euphoric ecstasy and deepest depression exists the emotions of the committed football fan.
In an age where statistics seem to be pushed forward as essential to an understanding of the game a sense of emotional involvement seems to have been lost.
Fans who develop an affinity with a club that, over the years, becomes ingrained in their daily lives look for some level of shared emotion with their team, manager, club and community and it is this that keeps me, and thousands of others, turning up at Valley Parade.
It is this sense of shared emotion that keeps me reading (and occasionally contributing to) Width of the Post. Here this site allows fans to share feelings and of course disagreements without the petty, personal insults that fly around on other platforms and for that alone congratulations are in order to Jason and the team on its 10th anniversary.
The pieces I have submitted over the years have not been match reports but more attempts to sum up my feelings about the football I have seen and shared with so many others. I admit that some have been rather unusual and my many musical references and “gallows humour” may not be to everyone’s taste but I am always grateful to WOAP for giving a wider audience to most of the things that I have written for friends and for my own “catharsis”.
Although I decided to stop submitting pieces a while ago it seems that, like football, I just can’t give it up when strong feelings have been stirred as happened after the Hartlepool game!
On Saturday, listening to the Carlisle game led to yet another lapse that has resulted in this submission.
Many others, from Gary Jones through to Adam Raj, Jason and the resulting responses have summed up their feelings on the latest listless performance and the comments of the manager.
So, instead of adding any more to the repeated criticisms and to stem this personal outpouring, I would just like to suggest that if anyone is interested they check out the lyrics of The Hoosiers song that is used as the title for this piece.
If Mr A is to remain manager at Bradford City and chooses to continue with his approach to tactics and team selection, whilst he shows no sign of his ability to motivate those players he has available and persists with his dismissive attitude to fans – then something has to change.
So, until then, speaking as one “Ronnie”…
It’s Goodbye from Me until It’s Goodbye from Him.