Football is ace part 3

8 01 2014

24. Football fans are generally decent people

Twitter exposes you to so much bovine stupidity that you begin to question the legitimacy of most of the people that claim to have an interest in football. To be charitable, they appear to be sheep feigning an interest in something in order to fit in. 

Certain stories force you to question your jaded point of view and the following example is one of those. On Saturday the FA Cup match between Bournemouth and Burton was called off about an hour before kick off…….

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This is what happened next……..

Bournemouth supporters raise funds for Burton fans to travel

Bournemouth supporters have raised almost £3,000 to help Burton fans travel to their re-arranged FA Cup tie.

On Saturday, the original game was called off just an hour before kick-off because of a waterlogged pitch.

The late postponement meant around 200 Burton fans made a fruitless 300-mile round trip to the south coast.

Bournemouth supporter and initiative organiser David Whitehead told BBC Radio Solent: “It shows there is another side to football.”

Whitehead set up the fundraising page after recalling the generosity shown by Burton supporters when Cherries fans celebrated promotion from League Two at Burton’s Pirelli Stadium in 2010.

“They were so hospitable that day that there’s been a special feeling between the clubs ever since,” he said.

At the time of writing, pledges totalling £2,930 had been made, more than three times the original target of £800.

Whitehead continued: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response, which has come from supporters of clubs all over the country, and even some from abroad.

“We’ve now capped the fund at the cost of paying for three coaches, and asked Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to nominate a charity to receive the remaining funds.”

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn said: “It’s just the most incredible gesture and I think it’s probably unprecedented in football for supporters to be so generous.

“On that day when we were promoted, after years of grief and struggling, for Ben [Robinson, Burton chairman] and all of his staff, the groundsmen and the stewards, to let us have the run of the ground was something that was incredible.

“Stewards by their very nature are designed to hold crowds at bay, but they were joining in the celebrations as well, and our supporters have never forgotten it.”

Here  too

Bournemouth launch Burton Albion coach fund and raise close to £3,000

BOURNEMOUTH supporters have raised more than £2,800 to fund Burton Albion supporters’ coaches for the rearranged FA Cup third round tie on January 14.

The remarkable gesture has its roots in the Cherries’ promotion from League Two in 2010, which was clinched with a 2-0 last-day win at the Pirelli Stadium.

Their fans were full of praise that day for the welcome they received both in the town and at the club and when one of them, David Whitehead, suggested a “Burton coach” fund and another, Adrian Lee, set up an online fundraising page, pledges soon started to roll in.

Burton supporters were quick to add their thanks.

“This shows the true spirit of Cup football,” said Wayne Pycroft. “Neither club will win the final but many will remember the great gesture between two clubs.”

“Hopefully, Bournemouth fans will get recognised for this great gesture by the FA with a special fans award.”

Adam Drew said: “This generous and overwhelming gesture shows the spirit of football is not dead.”

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