Some time ago Roy Keane called corporate sponsors ‘the Prawn sandwich brigade‘* in a highly disparaging way. He did this because he’s an unintelligent spoilt brat who’s never paid to watch a game in his life.
He’s played football all his life, never worked in a factory or done a shift or got up early or stood on the terraces midweek in January when it’s pissing down, freezing his bollocks off.
He goes to games now, on a private jet or luxury coach, gets a great seat at whichever game he goes to, just like the sponsors he so hates. Those very people that make it possible for him to have the lifestyle he has and earn the money he does, not to mention spending £29 million on a shit team.
So it was particularly heart warming to see Sunderland go down this weekend.
Moving on, a blog site I can’t remember some time ago started castigating club level members as being ‘the Prawn sandwich brigade’ wrongly assuming that Club level is all corporate.
They then blamed Club level for streaming out early at half time, staying in the bar way past the restart, then leaving early at the end.
Setting the record straight
We, and a whole lot of our friends are in Club level, having been a season ticket holder for over 20 years I decided to sit in comfort and spend a little more money.
My tickets are £500 more expensive that they were at Highbury, but I get a free pint at half time, I’m in a row 8 deep so I don’t have to leave early since there’s no log jam and I sit in the bar drinking afterwards for an hour to let the crowd go, I have to say, it’s like sitting in a wine bar.
So I’m there to the bitter end as are most of the people in my section.
Looking down however is a different story, many people leave early because it’s like leaving Wembley, I leave an hour after and I still queue for 20 minutes at the station.
If I didn’t live close to Kings Cross I would never make the last train home which is why so many people leave.
Also why would you want to queue for so long if you could avoid it.
If Arsenal had expanded Holloway road as was promised there would be less of a problem but they didn’t and until they do these problems won’t go away.
So please anyone out there that thinks we’re all muppets in club level, we’re no different to fans that sit in the ground or upper levels, we’re all fans.
The only real difference is we get free beer at half time.
* Wiki Definition