Yesterday evening saw the publication of a press release from the Holmesdale Fanatics in direct response to the statement put out by the club on Sunday evening and now, they have produced their own detailed statement to go alongside it.
Now's the time for positive, proactive action.
Either we push our club forward or we do nothing and lose this opportunity forever. Lets transform the Holmesdale. pic.twitter.com/Xu0dBhgd4M
— Holmesdale Fanatics (@ULTRAS_CPFC) September 4, 2018
Whilst supporters have been largely kept in the dark as to the proposals the group were hoping to make in collaboration with the club, the above statement goes to great lengths to explain the inclusive and exciting plans the Fanatics were looking to implement in the Holmesdale Road end with the help of their fellow supporters.
There have been plenty of rumours suggesting that the HF were dead set on “kicking supporters out of their seats” and “throwing their weight around” but as anyone can see from the statement they’ve penned, that is not their intention in the slightest. The aim, both in the short and long-term is to create an atmosphere that the wider fan-base can be proud of for generations to come, built upon a foundation of inclusivity with whoever wants to be involved.
You won’t need me to remind you of the noise we as supporters were able to generate in the FA Cup Final of 2016, when the club worked with the group to provide an inclusive singing section in the middle of our Wembley allocation. That day, our fans felt untouchable with good reason, imagine the heights we could scale it that was taking place every time the team stepped out at Selhurst Park?
It’s a shift which would put us head and shoulders above any other atmosphere in the country, making us a truly unique entity within the English game. What we as a football club have the chance to create here, is a legacy of support which will outlast players leaving, managers moving on and potential relegations, cementing a fanatical and positive supporter influence for generations to come.
With the new stand in the pipeline and the club keen to appeal to a wider market, what better advertising could they have than a vibrant, central singing section setting us apart from the rest from game to game? It’s a well known fact that too many kids across south London grow up supporting Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United when they should really be following us, a change like this could and I’m pretty sure would, provoke a rather dramatic sea-change in the allegiances of many before it’s too late.
Having seen the alternative to the Holmesdale Fanatics being active during the first two home games of the current campaign, I know I’m not alone in being desperate for them to return to Selhurst Park as soon as possible. If you give their full statement your time and attention and end up feeling the same way as me, please air your views publicly, as positive momentum is key to turning the potential for something truly great into reality.
Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is already on the record saying that Selhurst is an easier place to come and play without the Fanatics present, just allow yourself to imagine how he as an opposing keeper would have coped if an inclusive, HF-led singing section had taken up residence directly behind him on Saturday afternoon; I’d wager we’d have at least one if not three more points on the board.