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Like many, I am proud to be a Wycombe supporter and, whilst disappointed with the result yesterday, I feel that the management and the team should be proud of what was achieved in the season.
However, I am angry about and frustrated with a small minority of Wycombe fans who spoil games for the majority.
I purchased expensive £60 tickets for a group of 10 friends and family to watch the match from the half-way line. I wanted to watch the match seated and I did not want to listen to people swearing all the time. Sadly my day was spoilt not just by the result but equally by a group of four late 20's to early 30's males in the row immediately in front who 1. jumped up every time something exciting happened thereby blocking the view of myself, my wife and others; and 2. took every opportunity to abuse the nearby Southend supporters with a limited vocabulary consisting disproportionately of f***, c***s and w*****s. I observe with some surprise that these were not adolescents but rather older men. I would have expected them to have grown out of such behaviour.
I both complained to the stewards and sent two texts to the anti-social help line but no action was taken. I suspect that only racist, homophobic or islamophobic comments would have resulted in official action to stop them. In fairness these were not uttered but in the future I would be tempted to claim that they were. Being antisocial and annoying to the majority didn't seem to be enough to warrant stopping the behaviour.
After the match, my guests spoke as much about the behaviour of this group as about the disappointing result. Persuading more people to attend league matches will be impossible based on this experience. Well done those four fans, you alienated at least 9 more.
Isn't it time that in addition to "the singing section" that an area is designated "the anti-social section"? I am sure that others can come up with a more appropriate name as I don't mean for the name to be pejorative. For all I care, people can stand and slag off the opposition all they like in these sections providing they are far enough away that they don't impact the rest of us. Stricter standards can then be enforced in the other areas. The majority should not have to put up with the anti-social behaviour of the minority. My request to all fans is that if you buy tickets anywhere other than the "anti-social section" then sit down and don't use foul language to abuse other fans (our's or the opposition).