An open message to the players... | TBV Bulletin 06

posted 18 Apr 2019, 16:50 by Dan McEvoy   [ updated 23 Apr 2019, 05:10 ]

From now until the end of the season, each Thursday a member of TBV will be posting their thoughts and comments from the games in the previous weeks, and previewing the week's games ahead for our team. This week's Bulletin is an Easter Weekend special, and we'll be reviewing our thoughts following Saturday's disappointment, discuss the atmosphere at home games, and talk about the games over Easter Weekend. As always, please remember that all of the views and opinions included in this bulletin are the opinions of individuals involved with TBV, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the club. 

Reviewing Saturday's Game

I'd be a liar if I said that the result on Saturday didn't hurt... I think every single fan walked out of the stadium on Saturday with the exact same thought in their heads; we're in deep, deep, deep trouble. It's incredibly difficult to be positive about a game like that one, I've asked many of our fans around us if they could recall any positives in the game, and sadly every single person I've spoken to cannot name a single positive about the game, so please forgive me here as our thoughts and comments on the game this week are going to potentially sound a little harsher than usual...

As a squad, on Saturday we showed an incredible lack of fight about us, our players didn't look up to the challenge, and as soon as the first goal went in (a goal that we definitely should, and could defend a lot better), every single player's head dropped, and that, for me, is unacceptable for us this late on in the season, in the situation that we are in right now. It's times like this that we need characters to step up and take charge of the team, shake a few players and get them playing again. 

A few people have pointed me in the direction of Twitter where a number of fans have suggested that the squad have accepted their fate, and as harsh as that might sound, it's worryingly accurate for our current situation. To me, as a fan, it seems like no-one cares in the squad, and we look like we've accepted relegation, and that, for me, is truly heartbreaking. At full time on Saturday, I sat there, next to the drum, speechless and motionless - not out of spite for the team or how we've played, but because I genuinely didn't know what to do or say after a performance like that. Fans are entitled to voice their opinions, especially after a complete s**t show like that, and personally speaking, I cannot blame them for wanting to voice their disgust at, arguably, our worst performance this season. 

On the subject of our fans, and I do have to say that the fans in and around TBV on Saturday were incredible from way before kick off, until the final whistle of the game, despite the performance. They were vocal, supportive, desperately trying to get behind the team at every single available opportunity, but unfortunately there is only so much that the fans can do, the rest is up to the players.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the club and the fans who helped chip in to cover the costs of the balloons and streamers at Saturday's game - it's important that we keep fighting together, rather than against each other, and TBV are very lucky to have a good working relationship with the club and it's supporter groups when it comes to this. This won't be the end of the balloons and streamers at games, we are hoping to bring them back sporadically, especially for big games where we desperately need an atmosphere. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind fans that items like streamers, balloons, and flags all come at a cost to those involved with TBV; the reason they've not been about for so long is because we didn't have the funding to do so. So, if you would like to contribute to TBV and help us to make this happen more often, please click on the link down below and donate to us - all funds donated will go directly back into improving the match day experience and helping us to support the team even more at games in the future.

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A message to the team, from the fans

I think that's enough about Saturday's game, and personally speaking, I want to put it out of my head as quickly as possible, and move on. For this week's bulletin, I tweeted out that I wanted to mix things up a little bit, and give more fans a voice in the bulletins, especially with 2 very important games coming up this weekend... I asked the fans on Twitter for some messages of support on Twitter, and I was inundated with messages of support from fans of all ages, even a couple of players too. Below are just a few of the best ones I could find - please bear in mind the content below is from the fans, and some harsh and strong language may be present.

"Win both games you useless t***s"
    ~ @bradcooper71696

"I've spent £270 on Southend in travel and match tickets since I last saw us win a game... Please don't make me pass £300"
    ~ @rylee_doe

"Play for the fans, they give everything for you, it's time to stand up and show them the respect they deserve."
    ~ @southendandy

"Play without fear"                "Fight for the shirt"
    ~ @BluesMike61                ~ @denverc99

"INVITE - If your not on the team sheet, then sit with us and support your team mates"
    ~ @TZTravelZone

"The situation we are in right now is heartbreaking, but now's the time to step up and save our season. These 4 games are going to be the biggest in your careers... and the fans continue to believe in you, until the very end... repay their faith. The fight's not lost yet... keep battling..."
    ~ @DanMcSUFC

"Fight until the end, we have the players. We get one win, the confidence will be sky high... come on boys, I know we can do this!"
    ~ @harrybr89737483

"Your selfish egos have all but downed the club we love... man up, you are in a honoured position in life doing something only some of us could dream of. Give 100% effort, stop being losers, and be heroes."
    ~ @SUFC_Evans

"Score more than them"
    ~@ luke2006_Nick