It’s been a few days since my last blog, and I would like to thank everyone who inboxed me, and it brought forward some healthy debate. I am going to start with a bit of a follow-up, of the last blog. It just happened that I was invited to West Ham Stadium, for a meet and greet, with a Q&A with the West Ham Manager, Captain, and former player Carlton Cole.
As a 1966 Season ticket holder, I like others were invited. After my blog, I had a feeling that my ticket may have got lost in the post… However mine, and my wife’s arrived!
Now, most would think that after our last game, and all the goings on, this would be very much a clear the air session, and a time to answer some tricky questions? Alas, this was not the case. What actually happened, was a bit of PR! Out of the 1966 who were invited, less than 1000 attended the 6.15pm start! I’m not going to lie I was there for the buffet & booze. Which wasn’t as advertised, buffet was nuts & popcorn, you got one free drink, and a JD & Coke cost a tenner!
Carlton kicked off the evening, and considering he hasn’t kicked a ball in anger for West Ham for some years! No one had really come to see him, and as we seemed to be the only black people in the room apart from staff! Carlton and I caught up before he was called to the stage. First question to Carlton is from Kevin? Our MC announced… Everyone looked around for Kevin? But Kevin’s question was read from a card! as was Brian’s, and Cliff who was clearly from Ipswich, but clearly not in the room! it was soon clear that these questions, had been either made up, or were from supporters who, had missed the last year at West Ham! Moyes & Noble followed suit, and although both were honest with their answers, they were steered well clear of difficult questions, or any from the floor. There was a raffle, we lost! I was back in Kent by 8.15pm. And we stayed until the end, it was less than 90 mins, and that was that.
I was speaking to a friend and his wife, who also attended. And I know that they are lifelong supporters, and sit a few seats from us. And his first question to me, was not “what did I think?” But, “was I renewing my season ticket next year?” Over the last few weeks and months, the wife has asked me the same question? And I am going to try to ‘Nutshell’ it!
I am a football fan, I don’t just watch West Ham, I enjoy a good game on a Sunday Morning. But West Ham are my Team, I enjoy following them, win, lose or draw. I agree that the Club isn’t being run to it’s best, and I know that the team should be performing better. But if I don’t buy my seat next year, someone else will, be in no doubt of that! And that someone, will not care how the team is being run, or by who.. They will just want to go and watch a game. That’s all I want to do! As I said in my last blog, The Board isn’t going anywhere for now, and I suggest that they don’t try a similar PR stunt for the ‘Firm’, but I guess my position is clear… Let’s not get it twisted, I will still be singing Board Out! at the next game.
I try to be as open as possible in this blog, if I didn’t, it wouldn’t really work. Many of you know my feelings on Facebook, and the like! Great for promoting your business, and it does make the world smaller. But, I have seen it destroy lives! I have watched friendships and relationships, play out over social media. I myself have fallen victim, if someone sets about you on Facebook, your f**ked! Recently, one of those people had resurfaced, just as the court order ran out! But we have systems in place for this, and we leave it to the police, as I can’t go round giving out kicking’s, these days. Now recently Facebook has had its own issues to deal with, and in truth they have never been sympathetic, to the plight anyway, as they say it’s “Freedom of speech?”. No, it’s frigging lies? “Well, they have the right to say it”.. But I have a Court Order.. Then nothing! However today, both my wife and I received a letter from said Facebook, apologising, and stating that all sites, have been asked to remove, and delete, and that includes a list of fake profiles? I was interested to know, how they knew this person had all these fake accounts!! (why do people do that?).
My point is this? Why this week, and not 3 years ago, and what about the other people this person terrorized? I know that the matter is now, another matter for the police, and hopefully this time, a short prison sentence ensues? As I am sure that some of my Brother’s, and Sister’s behind closed doors will make them feel welcome, and then post the results on Facebook.. Karma is a Bitch!
Spring!!! What is it? Where is it? And if this is it? How can I dodge it next year? I know one thing!! Spring includes freezing cold weather, and vast amounts of snow! I read in a news article, we are heading for one of the hottest summers in UK records… I don’t know, but I will be booking a summer getaway, just in case!
Before I go..
I want to thank my Team on the Radio Station, I have worked with some members of my Team, since the start of Boogie Bunker Radio, some for far longer. We have gone through a period of changes, and most have been due to growth of the station, some have been forced. But my Team have been very supportive, and for most the music, is the glue that holds them together. I make sure the show’s go out on time, and sound good. I am fortunate that I don’t have to advertise for Presenters, and have a waiting list, and that’s a testament to the Team on the station, that others wish to join them. So the drinks are on me Boy’s & Girl’s.
You know what to do?
HOLLA AT ME!!