In quoting my post in your reply, you appeared to be arguing against my position about modern fans with your statements about hooliganism.
For what it's worth, I've been on the wrong end of "bother" though fortunately nothing too serious, and I'm delighted it's going away. I honestly believe there's less passion in the ground these days, St James' used to be a cauldron of noise, so did Anfield, Old Trafford and Goodison... now there are too many corporate seats, too many stag-dos, too many tourists and day-trippers. I don't know what it was like at the Goldstone ground, but whenever I watch a game in the top 2 tiers, the atmosphere is pretty poor more often than not.
The standard of the average professional player has certainly improved, even in the 2 and a bit decades that I've been aware of football. The tactical side of things has also dramatically improved. Thankfully managers like Redknapp are being phased out by fresh ideas and a greater understanding of the game.