Saturday afternoon saw Crystal Palace play their second home game without the presence of the Holmesdale Fanatics inside the stadium and it’s fair to say, their absence was felt by every single supporter in attendance.
If anyone suggests we “don’t need the HF” show them this video.
They are essential and until things are sorted, Palace will not feel right. https://t.co/rczs2a39CI
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) September 2, 2018
Whilst our opening home game of the campaign against Liverpool saw some noise being generated across the ground, our 2-0 loss to Southampton last weekend had a feeling of flatness about it from the very start, leading fans in their thousands to fret over our potential future without the noise and backing that we’ve become accustomed to with the Fanatics.
There have been some who’ve tried to play down the impact that their disappearance from the stands will have on our general noise levels but against the Saints on Saturday, the proof was there for all to see. Unfortunately, it’s easy for people to grow used to having something good in place without any true realisation of the effort that goes into such an endeavour, leading to the syncronised, ever-lasting vocal support they offered being replaced by sporadic chants started by one individual at a time.
The latter model of football fandom is what grounds across the country see from game to game but at Selhurst, the Holmesdale Fanatics had carved out a niche which truly set us apart from the rest of the country in terms of noise, colour and support for the players wearing red and blue.
The club’s official statement published on Sunday evening may have been written in attempt to clear up the matter but in truth, it’s just left the fan-base with more questions and no answers. I know I’m not alone in being desperate to see this matter resolved quickly and amicably but for now, we as supporters are waiting for a shard of light at the end of the tunnel.