McQ wrote: I am 39 and whilst not my first games, I started regularly attending in the Dave Smith promotion year. Since that time it has never ceased to amaze me the number of disaffected Argyle fans that I have come across (including members of my own family).
The usual comment after 'bleddy crap argo' is 'seen it all before buuuuuy'. I often wondered if this was just a south west thing, as other teams seem to have many thousands of fans of all generations. We seem to lose generations with alarming efficiency. Even the women in my family know that 'Argyle always blow it when there is a big crowd' (or words to that effect).
It seems that we have managed to do it again...another generation of lost fans beckons, more money heads towards the premiership...and the disaffected nod sagely 'seen it all before buuuy'
Unfortunately,the club has made a rod for it's own back over a period of many decades,far preceding the Dave Smith era.My own memory dates back to the mid to late sixties,when good players like Trebilcock,Jennings,Book,Jackson,Jones etc were sold off for no particular reason and relegation ensued.The most sickening and damaging of all was the Waiters era,when the club really did seem to be launched to bigger things-crowds were the 5th highest in the division but so many people were turned away for ever by the sale of Mariner and Rafferty and the subsequent decline in fortunes.Before that ,i thought the "seen it all before brigade" were just moaning old buggers,but that certainly put doubts in my mind about the truth of what they said, and i'm afraid its been confirmed more than a time or two since.Nothing to do with the area,Cardiff and Hull were getting miniscule crowds until their recent successes and no doubt people were saying the same things in those cities.But as you say,Argyle have lost another generation of fans in this latest fiasco,whereas those clubs have been successful and built a substantial fanbase accordingly,which will last for many,many years.Sad,very sad.