MutinyOnTheCounty wrote:Grendon Stag wrote:nick_stags wrote:Grendon Stag wrote:Forever Optimistic wrote:Has anyone heard or seen from Norman lately?
Yes I spoke to him briefly yesterday. He's flying out to Portugal tomorrow morning. Hoping to meet up with him for a beer before the England and Dundee games Saturday.
Why on earth would you subject yourself to that?
Because having been on many away trips with him over the last 30 years I've had some great times and find him good company. Contrary what some of the usual suspects on here think he's very passionate about the football club he's followed from being at school.
You're a bit old to be going for your Duke of Edinburgh Award for community volunteering, aren't you Grendon?
Personally i don't doubt somewhere in Norman's psyche there is a fan happy to see us do well. But his absence in good times and persistence during the bad can make him look a bit trollish / closet 'rival' fan. Rarely does he show any optimism or encouragement, or acknowledge (much) the hard work the club does each season. That might seem trivial, but if all fans acted the same it'd be an incredibly toxic environment: barren of confidence and rich with blame. I don't think players / managers or owners would stick around if there wasn't some level of appreciation, gratitude and support. That doesn't mean clap at everything (as i'm sure Normski would instantly reply with), but it simply means take a balanced view by acknowledging the good and constructively criticising the bad.
I'm probably way off the mark, but as it is it can sometimes feel like he just wants the limelight
A great post and very balanced, may I add