Player interaction with supporters

I remember the days when at the end of the season, each supporters club would have their end of season functions. You would be fighting your pal trying to make sure that you got a ticket, they were really like gold. The main reason for this was other than having a good night with the clubs’ members you also had the chance to visit a player or two.
The one function I remember well was with te Drumchapel CSC when Jonathan Gould & Simon Donnelly attended. A good night, sing-song and decent bit of craic between fans and Sid as he was about to depart with Phil O’Donnell onwards to Sheffield.
Now before then I was told a story that it had taken the arrival of Tommy Burns for the players to once again attend supporters functions. Before his arrival that side of player interaction had been scrapped by previous managers. Now I’m not saying that this is 100% accurate but I have no reason to doubt the person that told me.
So Tommy Burns came home, one of the first thing he apparently did was to bring back a rota of player requirements. A requirement that every player would take their turn in visiting supporter function, charity events etc and its something I’ve recently wondered why is no longer the case.
We see the occasional event where the players/staff will quite rightly attend such as te annual Christmas visit to Yorkhill hospital, the clubs backing of the Annual Taxi outing to Troon etc but functions involving supporters are now limited to signing sessions at the stores where unless you buy products on the day I believe, you can’t receive the benefit from.
I believe that it’s a sad indication of the way football has grown that interaction with supporters is very limited. It’s unreal that for supporters to crave a RT from manager or players, that’s really as close to interaction we now have.
Although it’s easy to look against the players and staff for this decrease, it’s also worthwhile to look at the new internet age as a reason for this.
Take example of Tony Stokes, his attending of a private function brought an attention it seems wasn’t admired. Being polite here.
Take the example of John Hartson & Stephen Pearson. Again at a private function where footage was released which brought attention to the club & players which may have made the powers that be decided against having close interaction.
Whatever way you look at it, it’s shame that football fans find it difficult to interact with their heroes, it could be a reason why numbers at games decrease, also why youngsters nowadays don’t feel the urge to go outside and be their idols. That could be complete false however personally I feel it could be a small but contributing factor.
Speaking of interaction – Those that follow me will know me as an avid user of Twitter. I’d urge everyone that follows myself, reads this blog or any other on TCN to keep an eye on the @MaleysBhoys timeline.
Throughout Twitter & many other online sources there is many a good tim that contributes something which helps each & every one of us. Whether this is a blog, phone in show, forum or charity there is an abundance of Celtic minded people who contribute to each and every one of us.
Through @MaleysBhoys – It is hoped that those people receive recognition for what they offer and what they do. It may not be anything valuable however it’s a chance for each and every one of us who use social media for Celtic uses, to show appreciation towards those that make it what it is.
So please, follow @MaleysBhoys have a look at their plans and help us recognise those that make Celtic social media, what it is.

Comments

  1. Hey krajlski wee_lubo here. Good article. I think we all remember at least one school football dance that celtic players turned up at, I got TB Wee jinky and Beattie auld at mine. Signing things and taking pics. T was magic. Each of them a gentlemen. As a side note I’ve currently been suspended by twitter and have no idea. I think some wee zombie reported me. Or something any idea what I can do to get it back?

  2. Hey krajlski wee_lubo here. Good article. I think we all remember at least one school football dance that celtic players turned up at, I got TB Wee jinky and Beattie auld at mine. Signing things and taking pics. T was magic. Each of them a gentlemen. As a side note I’ve currently been suspended by twitter and have no idea. I think some wee zombie reported me. Or something any idea what I can do to get it back?

  3. Kraljski
    It is a foregone conclusion by many that I am an utter twit. However, that is as far a twit as I am prepared to go. Hitting a keyboard with one digit is IT ad extremis for me as it is. So taking this technology any further at this late stage in my earthy existence would be futile. I can understand the benefits but I am scared off by both the content that can be released into the public domain and the speed of application required to keep up with the Speedy Gonzales of IT. Do you really want to wait half a day for a reply? If you were ever to text me, you would realise why I say this.
    I am more at home with the subject of your blog. I remember those days very well when supporters clubs would regularly have staff, players and, if lucky, a manager to be a guest speaker or dinner guest at a function of one kind or another. I remember one event at our local CSC, sadly I was not a participant, when Jock Stein came to a question and answer session. I think you have without doubt touched on some relevant reasons for the demise of such “interaction”. I guess it is another sign of the times when personal communication is often restricted to texts, emails or, if you “have the knowhow”, the odd text photo. It is sad, mind you, that many folk have lost the art of conversation and “mixing”. On the other hand, I look at the great advantage of communicating with guys like you with whom I would have no “interaction” if it were not for the net. That would be a tremendous loss of important information, good advice, and exhilarating debate, not to mention special friendships. At my age it is not a price I would pay just for old times sake.
    It also worth considering that clubs nowadays commit players to activities outwith their own football obligations. I know they participate in many of the charitable and development activities that have increased beyond all recognition in recent years. They also undertake football lessons or coaching at schools etc. So, while acknowledging that the attention to fans has reduced, perhaps it is being somewhat harsh, as you so rightly say, to simply blame the players, especially if they are giving of their own time elsewhere.
    It truly is an enjoyable read when some old stuff is raked up for discussion. It makes me feel relevant ๐Ÿ™‚
    H H

  4. Kraljski
    It is a foregone conclusion by many that I am an utter twit. However, that is as far a twit as I am prepared to go. Hitting a keyboard with one digit is IT ad extremis for me as it is. So taking this technology any further at this late stage in my earthy existence would be futile. I can understand the benefits but I am scared off by both the content that can be released into the public domain and the speed of application required to keep up with the Speedy Gonzales of IT. Do you really want to wait half a day for a reply? If you were ever to text me, you would realise why I say this.
    I am more at home with the subject of your blog. I remember those days very well when supporters clubs would regularly have staff, players and, if lucky, a manager to be a guest speaker or dinner guest at a function of one kind or another. I remember one event at our local CSC, sadly I was not a participant, when Jock Stein came to a question and answer session. I think you have without doubt touched on some relevant reasons for the demise of such “interaction”. I guess it is another sign of the times when personal communication is often restricted to texts, emails or, if you “have the knowhow”, the odd text photo. It is sad, mind you, that many folk have lost the art of conversation and “mixing”. On the other hand, I look at the great advantage of communicating with guys like you with whom I would have no “interaction” if it were not for the net. That would be a tremendous loss of important information, good advice, and exhilarating debate, not to mention special friendships. At my age it is not a price I would pay just for old times sake.
    It also worth considering that clubs nowadays commit players to activities outwith their own football obligations. I know they participate in many of the charitable and development activities that have increased beyond all recognition in recent years. They also undertake football lessons or coaching at schools etc. So, while acknowledging that the attention to fans has reduced, perhaps it is being somewhat harsh, as you so rightly say, to simply blame the players, especially if they are giving of their own time elsewhere.
    It truly is an enjoyable read when some old stuff is raked up for discussion. It makes me feel relevant ๐Ÿ™‚
    H H

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