Despite my first game being when we in the Southern League last time around, and pretty much non stop home attendance for the last 13 years, I was a latecomer to CFU. This is largely because I never had, and still dont have a spare couple of tenners on match days when approaching the CFU 'caravan of love'.
I got worked out a few years ago however, taken to a dark corner of the car park, twenty quid was extracted and that was my membership sorted. Pretty much how it works every year if Im honest.My relationship with CFU has gone from thinking that it was quite a good thing, but never actually bothering to join - to joining and then being asked to stand for election to the Trust Board 3 years ago.
To be honest, as a mere painter and decorator, I dont always understand what everyone else is talking about but I do understand and stay awake for the things that I feel strongly about - which is the treatment of football supporters in two areas. 1. The treatment of fans by their clubs over the big issues such as the Football Club itself and the decisions it makes. 2. The treatment and enjoyment of fans who attend home and away matches, and making sure that the good things we do as a Club are widely known in the community so that former or potential fans will always know that United is a welcoming and thoughtful Club.
To me, that is what CFU is all about - not raising lots of money from fans to then just hand over to the Club and never seeing again - but raising the importance of the paying fans and supporters with the Directors and staff of Cambridge United. Making everyone at the club aware that they cannot, and will not, take our support for granted. In this respect I pray that I dont come back in the next life as a Premiership team supporter - unless its Cambridge United who will be there because we are a model Club controlled by its supporters.
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