Your Views - Champagne Charlie
Well... it`s a case of where to start really. So, as is often the case when presented with a blank piece of paper and a mind full of thoughts, I think its best that I start at the beginning.
Saturday 16th March 1991 was the date when, as a boy of eleven, I watched the Alex play Bury from the old Family Stand above the Paddock. I wish I could reel off the team that played that day, the result and the scorers but, alas, I cannot (I`m reliably informed that we drew 2-2 in case anyone`s interested). In truth it was early the following season before I was to return to Gresty Road and properly start my love affair with Crewe Alexandra. A 2-1 victory over Gillingham in Rob Jones` last game for the club provided the springboard for my new found passion.
Now I`m going to be totally honest here - I haven`t attended every home and away match since that Gillingham game. In fact, truth be told, the "glory" years in Division One and the Championship almost passed me by completely. That said, the pride I felt at seeing the Alex in the upper reaches of the English football pyramid, could not and never will be diminished. You see, the fact is, I`m a Crewe lad born and bred and to have my home town connected with something other than the train station was a breath of fresh air. That that "something" was a football club renowned for being purveyors of attractive football and a youth system to die for was a real privilege.
However times change, people don`t like change and we all know that the most unpleasant kind of change is one for the worst. Now nobody can deny that being involved in a relegation battle in League One is much less appealing than, say, winning 2-0 at Leeds and flirting with the Championship play offs but, like it or not, a relegation battle is what we`ve got now.
So where is the club going? Well let`s be honest, the signs aren`t good are they? Occupying 21st place in League One, little money to spend it would seem, a first team coach who`s finding his new shoes a bit too big to fill and our general reputation as a club in tatters. All that said, we`ve got to look forward and be optimistic. Before the Carlisle match we`d lost 1 in 6 and given Leeds a good run for their money - is that relegation form? A couple of wins and results going our way and we`re mid-table again aren`t we?
It would have been all too easy for me to have a good old rant on here about the current situation at Gresty Road but what good would that do? Never mind what may or may not be going on behind the scenes because, to a great degree, it`s out of our control. All we can do is go along to the AGM, ask the questions and get the answers straight from the horse`s mouth.
What our club needs now, more than anything else, is for the fans to get behind Steve and the boys. To "boo" your own keeper when he`s about to take a goal kick is, to my mind, an absolute disgrace. If you were one of those fans (and I use the term very loosely) who did that to Ben on Tuesday night, you should be ashamed of yourself.
So what`s it to be? Continue to be disgruntled about how the club is run or put our efforts into something more positive like keeping the Alex in League One. I know what my priority is but what`s yours?Champagne Charlie