There's a fascinating paradox here - how long can an independent supporter remain an independent supporter when they start to engage with the club on a formal (or quasi-formal) basis?
I think that largely, we are in agreement that it is a good thing for supporters to have a degree of influence within the club, but as ever with the way of the world, the Devil is truly in the detail.
Do the GT's lose their 'fan' status because they have been active in raising monies for the club?
Of course the Fan's Trust does represent the fans of Plymouth Argyle - but only those that see their views publicly replicated...
Should Pasoti, ATD or a.n.other virtual supporter's club have a real-life voice? If so, given the variance of subsequent posts to any given thread whose would that voice belong to?
Perhaps each individual Fan's representatives need only be involved for the relatively short-term? It may help to keep a more distant relationship, but the need to 'bring people up to speed' & resultant lack of consistency may be too much of a problem?
I am genuinely unsure as to the best way forward - & I've got a firm opinion on everything - but I am certain of two things:
1. You can't please all of the people all of the time, but
2. The need for a set of fans to act as a critical friend is a given.
Blimey - damned if you don't....... etc
Thought provoking Jon, as ever.
In response, I would say:
1. I am independent and will remain so.
2. The only person I try to please is my wife (I can modestly say its a huge esuccess as those who have met her can and may testify:))
3. Critical friend? Absolute given and I will continue on this path.
Oh, a committee? No thanks.