“Fans of other teams such as Sunderland have walked away from their club, leaving vacant stands and silent stadiums. In contrast, Blues fans are selling tickets for the sold out Bolton game online for up to £70”
I was never really that great at maths at school. I could grasp basic arithmetic easily enough but once Pythagoras came knocking on the door with a suitcase full of theorems and angles, I checked out. I struggle with calculating percentages and don’t even ask me what 7 x 8 is! Trigonometry was never a friend of mine either although I do remember something about a volcano called Sohcahtoa that apparently helps you work out the area of a triangle… or something.
There are a few numbers I am familiar with though and I intend to run through a few of them with you. Firstly there’s the whopping figure of 5000 to consider; well 4812. Since we’re doing mathematics here, accuracy is critical.
5000 fans will be travelling to Bolton on what’s likely to be another cold Tuesday night. I know we’re officially in British Summer time now, but let’s be realistic, it’s going to be a chilly one. Plus the North doesn’t actually get the summer until late August so snow boots, thermals and hand warmers are a must.
We’re taking a horde up the M6 on Tuesday, all in an attempt to recreate the atmosphere that we generated at St Andrews a couple of Saturdays ago. The Hull game almost seems like a lifetime ago now and it’s important that we pick up right where we left off – thousands of voices coming together as one for the love of their club.
Some fast figures for you now. A large portion of those 5000 fans will make up a fleet of 17 coaches travelling approximately 200 miles as part of our 8th away sell out of the season cementing our position firmly in the top 10 for football league away attendances in 2017/18.
This impressive feat is all the more remarkable considering we’ve only won 2 away games all season and have limped our way to a grand total of 10 points on the road.
If ever there was a sure sign of belief in Monk’s ability to keep us up as well as the players’ ability to perform the way we know they can, then 5000 fans travelling to see a team in 22nd place on a week night is surely it.
Fans of other teams such as Sunderland have walked away from their club, leaving vacant stands and silent stadiums. In contrast, Blues fans are selling tickets for the sold out Bolton game online for up to £70. I don’t condone the ripping off of fellow supporters, but what a difference in attitude. One club with season ticket holders refusing to turn up, even though they’ve already paid for their seats, then there’s our fans willing to pay over 4 times the tickets face value. There’s a fine line between loyalty and madness, a 466% markup is potentially where that line gets crossed. Hey, maybe I can do percentages!
Before wandering up to Bolton though, we have the small matter of welcoming Ipswich to St Andrews on Saturday. Ipswich have been hovering around mid table since Christmas and their season is as good as over. Hopefully the tractor boys’ minds will already be on Marbella beaches and their fans will be too busy worrying about this years harvest to put up much of a fight. Three points could really kick our resurrection into overdrive this Easter and what a burst of momentum beating Mick McCarthy’s men could be. Who knows, losing to the Blues may even be the final straw for the Ipswich board who have hinted at the dismissal of the former Wolves boss recently. We do have a penchant for sacking managers after all.
I strongly believe that we’re on the road to recovery and that road runs straight through Ipswich and up to Bolton. We’re going to keep right on to the end of that road as one; and that’s the most important number of all.
By Mark Watson