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Re: Brentford - The proposed stadium changes
Posted by: griff
Date: 06/10/2017 13:14
And we know for a fact the deal with Brentford is better?

I would suggest there are many, many reasons for the erosion of the Reading support - the key one being a lack of engagement with the local area. Since it has been stated repeatedly that Irish were moving back to London I doubt many of the locals even considered offering their support. Why get into something only to have it dragged away from you?

It is interesting to note that we came very close to breaking-even at one point with either the current tenancy agreement or the previous, worse, one. So to suggest that it's impossible to make it work is, perhaps, short-sighted.

I'm afraid the increased prices, reduced fun, messing about with reserved/unreserved, removal of senior-citizen status, changing policy over Sat/Sun k.o. etc. etc. are all part of the problem. The business side of LI, in its many incarnations, has a lot of blame for the failures and how they were handled. All of this needs to stop wherever we play. The last few years I would say the club has felt way more welcoming and inclusive than previous years but there are a lot of people who've simply stopped coming and have no reason to re-engage.

Sure, moving might change some things and find new people to replace the ones we've lost but as a club we really need to not repeat those debacles.

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