Crawley FanZoner Dan Charman believes that a few of the club's supporters need a reality check.
Fans must remember where we came from
After our 3-1 home defeat to Reading in the third round of the FA cup last week, I sat there and heard boo's from certain areas of the home fans echo around the Broadfield. With the success that Crawley has achieved over the past two seasons I couldn't help but think is our expectations for the club are too high.
Let's not forget that three years ago Crawley Town were only hours away from going out of business without a buyer in sight, no one wanted to rescue a club that was about to go out of business following the calamitous stewardship of brothers Chas and Azwar Majeed... Step up Bruce Winfield.
Along with his co-owners Susan Carter and her husband Ian, Winfield pumped "hundreds of thousands of pounds" of his savings into rescuing a club that everybody loved to hate.
Fast forward three years and unfortunately Bruce Winfield is no longer with us but if he was, oh my word how proud he would be. Lying 8th in League one and a point off the play-offs with still the chance of an unprecedented third successive promotion. If you compared the Crawley Town of today against the Crawley Town of three years ago, they could be mistaken as two separate clubs.
Today we have a fully enclosed stadium, better facilities, a new manager, a director of football with Premier League experience and we pretty much have a completely different team apart from a few exceptions. Our fan base has extended to thousands rather than hundreds and we have players from higher leagues wanting to come and play for our team.
Fans seem to forget how far we have come in such a short space of time. We don't have the luxury of a Russian billionaire injecting the club with millions and millions of pounds. We live and work within our means, we pay sensible wages and above all else we stay debt free.
When all of the above is put into context, shouldn't we be enjoying the moment and instead of booing our team like I heard last week against Reading? Do we automatically assume that we have a right to win every game we play, no matter who we play?
We should be cheering on our boys and Richie Barker. We weren't a walk over and on a different day we could have easily scored two or three in the first half and it could have been a different result. The concept of booing your own team has always bewildered me anyway and I will never understand the concept. What do we as fans actually expect will be the outcome from it? Nothing positive that's for sure!
These next couple of years are the most important years in our history; we need to ensure that we are a permanent fixture in the League One calendar. We need to put things into perspective and remember how far we have come and ensure that we do things the right away and ensure that we can stand up and walk before we start running.
Look at other clubs who have tried to live beyond their means only to fail and find themselves slipping down the table and down divisions. So for the rest of season I have one simple request and that is whether we win, lose or draw we need to curb our expectations and get behind our team