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Fan Letters: ‘Let’s move the away fans back to where they used to be!’

RR reader Lowell thinks the club should move the away fans down from the gods and back to the South Stand. Got something to say?!

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Dear Roker Report,

I would like to see the away fans moved back to where they used to be, or perhaps the South East corner?

Personally I think since the away fans have moved the atmosphere has never been the same. I used to love the banter between fans at such a close distance. There seemed to be much more of a lift in the place too.

This isn’t just because of League One either, I noticed this in the Premier League. The matches were much more enjoyable. It also encouraged more away fans to come to the SoL because they loved our passion/rivalry. If you look at reviews now of the SoL based on away fans it is very poor whereas I genuinely believe before they used to love to come. In summary I think moving the away fans back will give the place a lift and increase the atmosphere.


Ed’s Note [Alex]: I agree that the atmosphere used to benefit from having the away fans on the lower stands; I used to have my season ticket in the South East corner from 2007-2013 and there were games where the South Stand really lit up with the two sets of fans roaring their teams on, competing to prove to the other that they were louder.

We’ve definitely lost some of that atmospheric sharpness by sticking them up in the gods, especially in the present day when they’re the only set of fans who are actually up there! I’d happily remedy that problem by bringing them back down, though I’d be reluctant to allow them to occupy the original space, I’ve grown quite fond of the flags.

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Dear Roker Report,

Really irritating to hear the same words of last seasons transfer window from PP today, with the same message of ‘it’s a poker game’ and the waiting game on signings.

There will be some really good free agents out there such as Marcus Maddison and Bright Enobakhare; we should be approaching these players quickly to bring them on board. I don’t want to see players signed such as Declan John and other players we will not see play or will just simply not be good enough.


Ed’s Note [Alex]: Bit harsh on Declan John maybe, seeing as he never got a shot, but maybe that’s part of the big problem you’ve highlighted here.

Calling the transfer window a ‘Poker Game’ is a fairly pointless buzzphrase that can only suggest we aren’t making any immediate moves. Considering the bizarre nature of the transitional period we’re in, we’d hope to be linked with a couple of promising names to - if nothing else - allay the fears that we could miss out on drafting in the talent we need to avoid another season in this league.

If we want to stand a substantial chance of making the automatics next season, then realistically we need the majority of signings to have the same kind of impact as Jordan Willis. I’m personally very worried that won’t happen, but seeing some kind of movement early on would surely help convince me, you and many other fans to think differently.

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