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The Spirit of Wimbledon

16 April 2013

Feedback from supporters

In the recent Morecambe matchday programme, Matt Breach, Chairman of the Dons Trust, referred to behaviour by a minority of fans that was putting our reputation as a family-friendly club at risk and he asked for your feedback on the matter.


  . The Spirit of WimbledonWe asked for this feedback to help the Dons Trust and Football Club Board to tackle the matter. This article was also posted on the official website and you can read it by clicking on  Matt asked for the views of Wimbledon’s fans, a summary of which is published below.

In support of the article:

Announcements might help target those responsible if that is possible during the game. • Glad you are taking this on as an issue…this is not what I pay to hear and is both disappointing and upsetting.

• Great article, a tough issue but great we address it head on. Can I suggest an SMS short code so fans can send a text in real time to a steward, who can then come within five minutes to an area, so that the situation can be monitored. This will get more fans involved with self-policing.

• Quite frankly, if their actions cost the club in any way, we don’t want them. If they are identified, they should be banned.

• I was very pleased to see the robust statement about unacceptable behaviour by a minority of fans. I took my nine-year-old grandson to a home match last season: we were in the standing area. It was a very unsavoury experience and I have not taken him to a game since.

• I completely agree with the tone of the article and that self-policing is one way forward.

• For me this is a more important issue, regarding the long-term future of our club, than whether we fight off relegation and I expect the club to do everything to ensure that such reported inappropriate behaviour is effectively combatted. Agreed, there is nothing wrong with passionate supporters, but whether football is still a “working class” game is debatable and I think any implication that the reported misbehaviours are acceptable, and even an inherent part of being “working class” is mistaken.

Opposed to the article:


• Are we turning this club into a wishy-washy liberal middle class institution, which will have an affiliation with the All England Tennis Club? Football is a working class game. Supporters will be passionate and there is nothing wrong with that.


 .Fans Feedback . Or e-mail the DT Board by clicking on  Dons Trust siteWe will be pleased to receive any more feedback from fans. You can post your comments by clicking on 

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