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    What is the ideal fan?


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    Over the past year there has been a lot of argument in here about people criticising the club or being pessimistic about our situation, board, manager and signings.

    Should a fan

    1. Be a blind optimist who alwaya believe the team is great and will of course win the next game.
    2. Always support the team and manager but be more realistic about the situation
    3. Say it as you see it even if it's a pessimistic view.
    4. Always be the team's biggest critic -because you care and have high ambitions

    I'm not covering the pessimists ralking about dropping their season tickets.

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      All of the above - believe, hope, question and never stop supporting.

      This is why there is so much frustration at the moment...
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      Over the past year there has been a lot of argument in here about people criticising the club or being pessimistic about our situation, board, manager and signings.

      Should a fan

      1. Be a blind optimist who alwaya believe the team is great and will of course win the next game.
      2. Always support the team and manager but be more realistic about the situation
      3. Say it as you see it even if it's a pessimistic view.
      4. Always be the team's biggest critic -because you care and have high ambitions

      I'm not covering the pessimists ralking about dropping their season tickets.
      One who wants the Finn out.
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      There is no right way to be a fan.

      There is a tendency of fans of anything to try to define fans in a way that makes them the best of the group. Whether it be movie fans letting people know how many times they've seen a film and how well they know the dialogue, or the music fans who were into the band before they were really big and have all their albums, or the wrestling fan who uses all the inside terms and wrestlers' real names, or the football fan who tells you it's about the passion they show, or the singing, or the spending on shirts, or the level of attendance, etc.

      If you consider yourself a fan of Brighton and hove Albion, you are a fan, regardless of how optimistic/pessimistic, how vocal, how much you spend, how many games you attend etc.
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      It is an interesting question. For me (and we have had our own situations like this in the past) that conundrum was crystallised last season when Coventry were playing at Northampton. Most fans were boycotting the trip to Northampton because they didn't want another penny in SISU's pockets and felt protest was the only way to get change. And you had a few main activists travelling down to Sixfields and standing outside lobbying others not to go in. I saw this, and there were angry scenes, real shouting matches between fans.

      Because you also had around 1,000-1,500 fans almost in tears - many with kids who just didn't understand what was going on - walking past the picket lines saying they just wanted to watch and support their team like they always had.

      In truth, neither of these were 'bad fans'. But in the big picture the boycotters probably helped speed a reconciliation among the various warring factions.

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