Time for fans to share problems

David Maidstone Have you noticed something familiar about the current topic of conversation?Unless you're some intellectual financier the details of the credit crunch might be passing you by.

David Maidstone

Have you noticed something familiar about the current topic of conversation?

Unless you're some intellectual financier the details of the credit crunch might be passing you by.

All you really care about is how it affects you, and I do feel sorry for those with money in Icesave and others like that who must be worried sick.


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In the same way the details of the previous topic of conversation, the credit crunch for Norwich City and whether a bailing out plan is in place - also passed a lot of us by.

We know that the major organisations have been using money they don't have to buy and sell assets without the funds in place to pay for them.

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We know top executives are paid extortionate wages with bonuses that clearly aren't earned.

We've seen how other organisations are on the sidelines running their campaign to buy clubs on the cheap, and that some are going into administration because rescue comes too late.

So is it all that very different?

It looks like the current financial crisis is just a bigger version of the Norwich City crisis, only without the same willingness from government to help.

So what can we the fans do?

Nothing, it seems to the frustration of many of us.

We can write letters or emails, post messages on the internet and talk about it at the ground or in the pub.

The truth is though, that unless we have got a few million in a safe bank or under the mattress, it is all mainly talk.

We have been asking those that own the club to seek additional investment, and they have told us they are doing it.

Love them or hate them, we have to believe that they are doing everything they can, because the alternative is too dreadful to contemplate.

The trouble is you can't divorce the two credit crunches as the larger one is surely restricting the money available to Norwich City. Ask any small businessman or person seeking a new mortgage, now is not the right time to be asking for money.

However, it may not be the right time, but it is in my opinion the right thing to be doing, and that may well involve asking us ordinary fans (the non-millionaires!) to sacrifice some other purchase to join in and buy a few shares ourselves.

“You must be mad,” I hear you say. “We already pay for tickets, shirts, beer.” But if we expect Delia Smith to put in a few million, and Peter Cullum to put in even more, surely we should be willing to put in what we can, however small that is?

Then the next time you say it is your club, you know that legally, it is too.

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