The last year or so has seen Crystal Palace fans enduring something of an identity crisis, with a four-year stint in the Premier League having chipped away at the “soul” of the football club in the eyes of many.
Having seen Steve Parish and fellow directors take the club from the foot of the Championship to the Premier League within three years of assuming control, our first season or two in the top flight were looked upon as a genuine fairytale but over the last 12 months, a sense of dissolution has begun to set in. It is that newly found sense of apathy that Cooper picks apart in the article above, shining a light on the flippant and illogical arguments put forward by many during our recent run of abysmal form.
The very nature of fanatical football fandom tends to stifle any urge to look at the bigger picture, with huge swathes of the media preferring instead to force fans into hysterical overreaction after one or two poor results. Thanks to that shift towards short-termism, Palace fans the world over have been left desperately searching for a logical way of explaining the way in which our Premier League form fell off a cliff at the end of 2015, with a loss of our “soul” becoming the go-to excuse for many, myself included.
It is for making me question myself that I applaud Dan most enthusiastically, as his piece, although not overly lengthy, highlights perfectly the fickle mindset of every football fan on the planet. Indeed, the desperation to apportion blame to something tangible can be seen in all aspects of life beyond football, often with next to no logical basis.
People like to stamp their feet and shout a bit whenever they get angry, it’s human nature, hard-wired into our collective DNA. Whilst Dan doesn’t attempt to dispute that, he deserves huge credit for putting forward a piece of writing that pokes gigantic holes in the false beliefs we’ve all been allowing ourselves to indulge in over the last year or so.
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