Someone said this to me yesterday, when I was struggling to explain what's happened over the past 18 months or so. It's pretty much bang on.People used to care about the collective. Being a part of a football crowd used to be a bit like being part of a union with solid values. Nowadays it seems both are more about the indidivual than the collective.
Hence wankers. Are we looking at the cause of the destruction of the "rabble"?
That no one seems to give a shit about the collective anymore. Certainly only Lucy Fur Dulwich Mishi ForwardHamlet amongst others you could trust to have your back. I wouldn't trust too many of the newbies. Wankers.
"The initial nouveaux wave was individual weirdos and oddballs, the kind of people who never previously fit anywhere, the kind of people eccentric/bored/lonely enough to go to a small non-league club and "find something there". In the 70s we'd have started the early punk bands. But more recently, it's been established groups of friends, more normal people, who don't need to mingle and often view us with amusement."
To the old school DHFC fans - I have utmost respect for all of you and any conversations I have with nouveaux fans re how the crowd mix has changed over the past couple of years obviously do not apply to you. It's more a reflection on the type of people that are now being attracted - the 2013 new DHFC fan is a very different beast (on the whole) to the 2015 onwards new fan. You're all still the same, and we love you for it.