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'Controversial Article'

The following controversial article has been created by a Vital Pompey member. Views raised in this article are that of his and may not be shared by Vital Pompey. The article has been published to generate discussion and not to offend readers.

Club Shirts

Text is : It must be me but why do some fans get so wound up about shirts. I've seen quotes today to the effect that we've been 'made' to buy new shirts. Surely there's no compulsion in this. If you can't afford a shirt don't buy one. As for kids whatever happened to saying no? I know I must sound like miserable old what name but I've always thought that anyone over
30 looks ridiculous in a football shirt anyway, besides it often prevents admission to many pubs and this can be particularly irritating on away trips.

I like to make a statement about my allegiance, which is unswerving by the way, so usually wear a badge or a garment with a subtle Pompey logo. As to changing the design of shirts, why is this so essential?

Surely a minor, subtle change would do for marketing reasons, after all, Newcastle stick to their time honoured black and white stripes and they seem to sell in their thousands. I've also seen comments today to the effect that the new shirt sales are a mere money making exercise. Come on get real what else?

After all the club can't get buy on gate receipts alone. Where are the missing 700 of our loyal supporters by the way?

Probably saving up to buy their new shirts.

By member: bstanle

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Date:Tuesday September 12 2006
Time: 7:17PM

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Your comments suggest that you're under 30 & have no children. I'm very old at 40 & I wear the current top to the games. Call me ridiculous to my face! You can't always say no to children & if this is far as your knowledge stretches it may be a good idea that you don't!
12/09/2006 19:55:00
what a load of rubbish, football fans wear their colours, if you don't understand that bynow, then maybe you should take up knitting.
The Fear
12/09/2006 20:00:00
I don't have kids so only buy the shirts if I like 'em...hated last seasons shirt so didn't bother. I don't feel forced to make a purchase at all. Of course, Storagematts point is very valid - kids will always want the latest shirt if their friends have it, and it's hard for parents to say no.
12/09/2006 20:02:00
He does sound old and like he has no kids!
12/09/2006 20:04:00
people don't want to be wearing out of date stuff
12/09/2006 20:18:00
Sorry lads didn't `mean to be offensive but at least it woke you up a bit i was getting a bit bored with who we're going to sign an d who were not going to sign. none of us know till it happens. Yes Westov I am old but I do have kids and grandchildren and I buy them shirts, usually for Christmas and birthdays, if I can afford it. As for taking up knitting, perhaps I should have done this 56 years ago when I first started to live and breathe Pompey, I wouldn't half have saved a lot of money and heartache. If I'm sounding cynical, it's probably because I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms, I've been used to watcing my dear old lads week in week out, home and away on Saturday afternoons, now you have to wait 2 or three weeks at a time and then it's on a Monday night in black pudding land. Forgive the typographical errors but I'm not yet used to this infernal machinery. Editor permitting I'll send you another little missive shortly perhaps less controversial as I would not want another stiff note from 'The Fear' Bye the way what does lol mean?
12/09/2006 20:40:00
laugh out loud and your article started a debate so cant be too bad
12/09/2006 20:44:00
sorry everybody the guy is half right here, i have a 7 year old pompey fan son and i am over 40 and you can say no. he's delighted just to go to a game. I have the latest shirt, thats because i liked it and the Goodmans transfers were starting to fall off the last one i brought. Of course the shirt is a marketing exercise for the club, what else could it be? I have my shirt on for home games, most away games and any visit to scumhampton airport, I spend most of my life in London now in places where it is not considered appropriate, so i wear the badge i bought in the pub by the Wigan game at the end of last season, it gets noticed and normally a freindly comment. In fact the most moaning i have heard recently is johnny come lately fans who still think dougy reed was better in the Milton end at home games... your team is in the premiership, we are regarded as one of the best value for money clubs in a very expensive business...give it a rest why dont you.....Les you have a point but IS wearing last seasons shirt so hard on a kid ( unless of course you bought the red away strip in which case you should be reported to social services). Tantona agreed its hard but it is possible. Thefear , to criticise without any constructivity well im scared for you. Storagematt Im over 40 and still wear my shirt with pride (did say he was only half right) .but its good that someone puts their head above the parapitt and anyway just because your contraversial doesnt mean your wrong. Unlike the Pasties which clearly are so personally I would really appreciate bstanle next doing a critique of the pasty quality. Oh and i took my nephew to the Wigan home game and bought him the £30.12 yr old shirt, on the way out of the shop un prompted the kid who serves us shouted out, mate if you have the two season shirt, bring it in and we'll give you half the cost back, we did and they did. nephew got him self some more pomepy stuff with the money. try seeing how that goes down with Gunners, hammers and wanderes & spurs fans.... tssccchhh fans these days, well they dont know they are born do they....etc etc etc.....
12/09/2006 21:17:00
This was the bit i bottled out of putting in the article but i posting it anyway.....that was johnny come lately and grandads who love to moan and still think "Dougie reed was better", then ask "who's tha darkie in the goal, oh is that im isit".... :-) dont it make you proud
12/09/2006 21:23:00
Good on yer russellm, at least you've given this some thought. By the way never did go abundle on Dougie Reid, far to slow and awkward. Much prefer Lua Lua backflips an all. Incidentally, I was not trying to criticise trhe wearing of shirts but this idea that you are compelled to buy every latest one that comes and it's all the fault of the Club for trying to make money! Of course they are and good luck to them. Where else is the money going to come from to pay extortionate players wages ? Not from 19.5 thou. gates.
12/09/2006 21:48:00
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