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A Plea To The Silent Majority

A Plea To The Silent Majority

I`m looking forward to the upcoming Ashes series. Cricket, I know, is not everybody`s cup of tea, but there is something about the atmosphere at Test matches when the Barmy Army are in full voice. You can see the players put that extra couple of percent in.

Rugby at Twickenham is another example. A crowd united in 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot` sends shivers up the spine and is said to be a powerful motivator for the boys in white.

I`ve yet to find anybody who doesn`t agree that a vociferous support is a definite advantage to a team. So I`ve got a question to the fans who have benefited from the extra seats at Ashburton Grove. If you are Arsenal supporters, WHY AREN`T YOU SINGING THE PRAISES OF YOUR TEAM?

I understand the demographics are changing. There are so many reasons why the typical matchday crowd at Arsenal has changed in nature over the last fifteen years or so. What I don`t understand is why people who profess their love for the club are prepared to be a passive audience rather than passionate supporters playing their part in a team effort.

It`s a fair point that they may not want to join in chants attacking Ashley Cole, or the wannabe big club from up the road, but why don`t they join in the chants for Arsenal, or the individual players? The hardcore support looks upon them as being somehow from a different class, and that is the answer. That doesn`t wash with me as the typical rugby or cricket crowd will be demographically similar, yet not as reserved.

I don`t know the answer, and I`m not alone. All we can do is keep imploring them to get behind their team. Yet Thierry Henry has already tried this, and if they won`t take any notice of him, what chance have you or I got?

Ok, one more time, please stop sitting on your hands and get behind OUR team. We will all get the benefit. You know it makes sense!

Article submitted by Goonerholic Who's excellent daily blog you can read by clicking here.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday November 21 2006
Time: 3:39PM


Don't think this is just confined to the gooners either, fans seem to be getting more and more quiet across the Prem and it often falls to the away fans to make the most noise. Sometimes the players have to give the fans something to cheer about, but on the flip side, surely the fans sometimes have to give something to raise the game for the players? MON said recently the fans are feeling alienated from the top earning players, maybe he has a point.
The Fear
21/11/2006 16:04:00
I think the singing fans are that bit more spread out in the new stadium than at Highbury (where it was starting to get worse anyway). But what I dont get is why the Redaction section sing so few songs to get everyone else going. and singing stand up in you hate tottenham does not count. I want to support the team, so I want player songs and replies to the oppositon fans chants. where I sit in the west lower is like a morgue unless there is a goal. I just need an excuse to sing otherwise I am there on my own singing alone and I feel like a total**** after a couple of unsuccessful songs.
21/11/2006 16:27:00
there's far too many comfortable' people who attend arsenal matches, just sit there and wait to be entertained. It's embarrassing, insulting, and a waste of a ticket. They expect the players to put their heart and soul into it yet won't put their own heart and soul behind the team in the form of vocal support. Clapping when a goal goes in isnt enough... »»Arsene Knows««
21/11/2006 16:52:00
it's also a massive ground now that will seem very eery when large parts of it are pretty quite....
21/11/2006 17:06:00
i went to see the arsenal for the first time last saturday. i've been a supporter since 92/93 but unfortunately haven't afforded a trip 'till now (i'm from iceland). the stadium was massive, but where i was sitting in the club level section the people around me seemed more intent on slagging the team, sighing, complaining, shouting for us to shoot et cetera. nobody sang or shouted except a couple of girls seated behind me. it was a bit sad because i went absolutely mental when henry scored, it should have been like that from the get go.
21/11/2006 18:31:00
gvendurs- next time try the North or South stands. Ok, so maybe it's still not the loudest but you'll find more like minded Gooners and you'll save yourself a fortune on the tickets :)
21/11/2006 18:41:00
thanks for the tip. i paid 90 quids for the ticket through our supporters club. up the arsenal.
21/11/2006 18:47:00
you could have got almost three tickets behind the goal for that amount, although you dont get free beer and the view isnt as good, the view is still excellent and theres a much better atmosphere.
21/11/2006 18:51:00
i know its crazy. i went through a guided tour through the stadium with a group and the view is terrific from all the tiers. next its pie eating with the commoners.
21/11/2006 18:57:00
If I could go, I'd scream off the top of my lungs. >_<
22/11/2006 01:42:00
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