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Would you not buy a Membership if ......

Would you not buy a membership based on a players retention, trade or delisting?  

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  1. 1. Would you not buy a membership based on a players retention, trade or delisting?

    • Yes - If Player X is traded I will not buy a membership
    • No - I support the team and not the player
    • Undecided


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There seems to be a lot of sentiment online that a "supporter" won't buy a membership if player X is let go?

In this case player X is of course Jack Watts. The Melbourne Football Club posted a post on Facebook plugging the purchasing of your 2018 membership and the majority of comments center around people claiming that they won't purchase a membership if Jack Watts is traded.

Do you subscribe to this? Would you not buy a membership based on a players retention, trade or delisting?

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I think his most ardent supporters still hold this mindset:

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And still believe this will come to fruition.

 

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surely it is only kids that are saying this. any decent supporter of a club does not stop supporting because a player is traded

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Would never attempt to hold the club to ransom over making the decisions they are paid to make, and reckon anyone that would needs to get a grip and rein in their own sense of self-importance.

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Posted (edited)

Lots would say it, 99.9% wouldn't act on it.  It's an emotional investment that can get the better of us but not to that point.

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4 minutes ago, Nasher said:

Would never attempt to hold the club to ransom over making the decisions they are paid to make, and reckon anyone that would needs to get a grip and rein in their own sense of self-importance.

I sort of agree but there is a place for a protest against stupid decisions. I think members have a right to withdraw financial support if they think necessary. 

I have kept my membership going through good times and ( mostly ) bad but if Hogan left, for example, it would but my patience to the test.

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Its a marriage...and an old fashioned one. No back door exits. 

If I want to complain I write a letter or an email but the only three things that would stop me buying a membership are dementia, poverty or death.

Goodwin has had massive wraps on him from coaches and players alike....we really gotta get behind his decisions. Full respect to you Nasher but if Hogan leaves it will be to go back home. Which is  the very same as lever is doing right now. Its the modern game. We survived Neeld ( ok... only just) , we survived Scully leaving....and we'd survive a hogan exit if it came. 

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1 minute ago, Wells 11 said:

Its a marriage...and an old fashioned one. No back door exits. 

If I want to complain I write a letter or an email but the only three things that would stop me buying a membership are dementia, poverty or death.

Goodwin has had massive wraps on him from coaches and players alike....we really gotta get behind his decisions. Full respect to you Nasher but if Hogan leaves it will be to go back home. Which is  the very same as lever is doing right now. Its the modern game. We survived Neeld ( ok... only just) , we survived Scully leaving....and we'd survive a hogan exit if it came. 

I qualify on 2 of those 3 criteria and I'm not far off the third.

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26 minutes ago, Nasher said:

Would never attempt to hold the club to ransom over making the decisions they are paid to make, and reckon anyone that would needs to get a grip and rein in their own sense of self-importance.

With all due respect to all on the site. Many people are prone to making rash emotional decisions, then on social media feel they have to have their say about what they think today. However, aka the Watts decisions we wont be able to truly access the decision for maybe 3-5 years. In social media people get way too caught up in the moment and subsequently handle criticism very poorly. There has been much study into this phenomenon and some companies understand that "instant feedback" is just that a snap shot of an instant.  

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Posted (edited)

Would be childish not to purchase one based on a trade. 

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They would have to make a mounumental bone headed decision for me not to resign.

Im a sucker for pain. aka a MFC member.

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I will be renewing my membership until the day i'm six feet under regardless of who is traded, delisted or retained.

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As much as the club shits me off I will always buy a membership. 

I dont c the point in hurting the club financially by withholding my membership cause I don’t ageee with axing player x or recruiting player x. 

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If the club did an Essendon I would stop buying my membership.

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, Wells 11 said:

Its a marriage...and an old fashioned one. No back door exits. 

If I want to complain I write a letter or an email but the only three things that would stop me buying a membership are dementia, poverty or death.

Spot on Mate. The only 3 reasons for me to

what other organization could i stick with after 53 years of Garbage and still pay up yearly!!

Dam i hit the wrong Button!

can i reverse a vote??

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Next year will be my 19th year as a member so will keep on buying one until I'm no longer of this world.

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I'm in.  I even bought a membership every year for the 6 years I lived overseas.  Sometimes being a Melbourne supporter is painful, but they are my team.  If you tell me you are dropping your membership because we are trading out a player you are not a supporter of the club.  It is generally self-important twats that think they have some sort of leverage to change the actions of the club through these kiddie tantrums.  Your membership is 1/40,000.  You carry 0.0025% of the 'membership' - and you think your antics will change anything?  Nope.  The FD are invested with the decision making for a reason.  If you want to have that sort of say, join the board, or get qualified enough to join the FD.

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As a general principle, its about supporting the club,

We are not going to agree with all decisions made by the coaches or club thats just life.

There are decisions made by players and club that may rock the foundations of the club and damage support.

Barassi leaving Melbourne to go to Carlton probably the best example. And you can imagine what would have happened if Robbie Flower had left the club or been treated badly by the club.

However, it is not just the decision. Often its about how the club has behaved, how it has communicated or gone about the decision. Has it behaved ethically or fairly in the eyes of its supporters, players and those involved with the club.

I may not buy a membership if I thought the club or coach had behaved badly or acted in an unprincipled or unethical way. 

An example, would be if the club supported a player that had acted illegally or in a criminal manner. Or a coach.

Will I buy a membership this year? Yes. 

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This has to be a trick question surely! (I understand the reason for asking it)

I would buy my membership regardless of who is in the team. As far as list management goes I don't think its an excuse to stop. No player is bigger than the club, ever.

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4 hours ago, layzie said:

This has to be a trick question surely! (I understand the reason for asking it)

I would buy my membership regardless of who is in the team. As far as list management goes I don't think its an excuse to stop. No player is bigger than the club, ever.

Not a trick and this is probably not the venue to ask that question which is why I will also pose the question on the Demonland Facebook page. 

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WE are the MFC .

Everybody else comes and goes .

Been a member for soon -to- be 45 consecutive years .

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6 hours ago, DavidNeitz9 said:

I will be renewing my membership until the day i'm six feet under regardless of who is traded, delisted or retained.

To be fair, if the club brought in Ty Vickery and made him captain I'd be hard pressed not to have a gap year.

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2 hours ago, Demonland said:

Not a trick and this is probably not the venue to ask that question which is why I will also pose the question on the Demonland Facebook page. 

Still worth asking DL :)

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Maybe the reaction isn't because of the name of the player, or that we view him as some kind of Messiah. Maybe it is because we were burnt by Neeld, then got to experience some semblance of sanity with Roos, only to have the same tired tough man talk return to the Melbourne corridors with the next wannabe.

On the same website atm we have an article saying we're delisting Ben Ken, and then another article saying we're interested in small forwards. That doesn't make sense to me because I actually rated Ben. But it doesn't upset me. I'm not in control of these decisions - and I recognise I don't know enough about Ben's on field performance to judge what was holding him back (tho I can't remember any of his performances quite as bad as some of Garlett's games). But they didn't come out and belittle his character in the departure article did they?

All I know is in the most crucial game last season Watts was one of our best. And now the same bs rhetoric that supported Neeld's time in power is  being repeated to support this decision. Fool me once?

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