Published on March 27th, 2016 | by maxbloggs0
The Purpose of MCFC Supporters Club
Football and the Premier League have changed significantly over the past few decades. One of the first things that does come to mind when one thinks of the changes that occurred in English football is, of course, the fact that there’s a lot more money nowadays.
Wealthy owners have acquired many of the EPL clubs and they spared no expense on their missions of building successful dynasties. For most people, it is hard to even imagine such amounts of money. For the “commoners” the only way of earning sums that go well into the seven digits is by winning a jackpot.
Manchester City have benefited from this new situation in English football, especially after the wealthy Abu Dhabi United Group decided to purchase the club in 2008 and invest quite a lot of money in it.
The blue side of Manchester had all the reasons to boast and cheer as the club returned to their former glory of the late 60s and early 70s, winning two Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014. City is now the 5th most valuable football team in the world and sixth on the list of clubs with highest revenues
The fans, many think would be more than thrilled with this turn of events. After all, who doesn’t want his/her club to win titles and to be known and recognised both in England and internationally? Surely, the people at MCFC Supporters Club have every reason to be happy.
The Grim Days at Maine Road
Naturally, all of the people who hail Blue Moon as their anthem are ecstatic when City win trophies and are amongst the best clubs in England and beyond.
However, the purpose of a Supporters Club is not just to be there when the club is successful.
A lot of people in Manchester remember the grim days at Maine Road in the late 90s, when City relegated to the then Division Two, now known as League One. Even then more than 30,000 people showed up at Maine Road to watch their heroes. Diehard fans never gave up on City, everybody in Manchester knows that.
A lot of people nostalgically remember that period, in terms of success terrible for the club, when even though everybody knew the club’s future doesn’t look bright at all, people still showed up in great numbers, with a sense of pride in their club.
By 2005, a bit less than 900,000 people in the UK supported Manchester City, plus over a million abroad, making a total of over 2 million people. However, after the purchase by Sheikh Mansour and the success that followed, the number of supporters rose significantly.
There’s a lot of so called football tourism going on nowadays, whereas almost everybody who supported City was a Mancunian. After all, City still hold the record for the highest home attendance, when 84,569 filled Maine Road to watch City play against Stoke in the FA Cup 1934.
Sky Blue through and through
The financial situation of the club and the new investments saw a rise of the tickets for City’s home games and this had a negative impact on a lot of working class people from Manchester who can no longer afford to watch their beloved City every Saturday.
That is the price of success, claim some, whereas others tend to think that if this situation goes further, the sense of community will be lost. We believe this is where the Supporters Club steps in. As an officially recognised MCFC Supporters Club our role is to protect the fans as a whole, to keep the communal spirit and sense of camaraderie between City fans.
After all, if there’s one thing that City is known for in England is the club’s loyal, dedicated and passionate following and we wouldn’t change that for anything in the world.
The Role of MCFC Supporters Club
Things could definitely be worse and we don’t think that there is a hostility between home and international fans, after all we do share one great passion. It shouldn’t matter where one is coming from as long as they share a genuine love for Manchester City and sing Blue Moon proudly.
There are some objective reasons for disdain amongst the local diehard followers, but that will soon change hopefully. The new open ways of communication via the internet and especially social media will bring fans from all over the world together and the MCFC Supporters Club will fulfil their duty as an organisation that brings the fans and the club together.