Dear Fellow Carlton Supporters and Fellow Footy Lovers,
I write to you as a truly dedicated fan not only of Carlton, but of the game itself. I hope that you will take this in the sincerity that it was written, as someone who not only studies the game, the club but also loves to stand in the crowd and cheer my bloody head off.
In the past two rounds, there has been those who have sought to make a political statement by unfurling a banner that does cause some irritation not only to those who oppose the contents of the banners, but more importantly those who go to the games wanting to enjoy just that, the game. While I understand freedom of speech, displaying your views in this way does nothing but cause public sympathy to sway away from whatever it is you are trying to say, so please keep these types of viewpoints away from the footy grounds. The reason is simple really. I have found that going to the footy is the one place whereby people of all colours, nationalities, race, creed, orientation go to do one thing and one thing only, support their team. It is a place where you can mix and talk to people from all spectrums of life by the coming together because you all support a team. It is a place where for the most part person can feel safe and enjoy watching what will hopefully be a great game.
We are approaching Round 4 of the 2016 AFL season and already I am seeing Carlton supporters throw in the towel with regards to the team’s performance so far. Brendon Bolton stated from the very onset that it will take the club time to get not only the on-field structure right but the strength and depth that the club needs to ensure longevity as one of the top clubs. To say that “this club is going nowhere” or that “same old shit” or even “no point in supporting the club anymore” means that you really do not have a rational understanding of what the processes are to get a club that was once a down-and-out club to the top again. It takes time, time to get the new rookies into a fitness and strength level to play successful senior AFL. It takes time to filter out what is required at the club and what or who is not.
I love this game and I love this club. It is not that I see everything through rose-coloured glasses; it’s that I see a change within the club on all levels that are united in making this club great again. So don’t give up, throw in the towel or say nothing’s changed, because it has and just think of all what you will feel once the team starts to make the footy world sit up and take notice, how proud you will feel that you never gave up. I know the players won’t, I know the club won’t, don’t either.
Yours in Navy Blue,
#BOUND BY BLUE!