THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Football clubs take a lot of criticism from fans and the press, but no one quite articulates the frustrations of supporters like Fraser Syme. In his book of Absurd Letters to British Football Clubs, Syme has written to clubs to highlight his most esoteric of concerns. He wants Arsenal to apologise for offending his son after their fans claimed anyone would be mad to support another club, and would like to know if Peterborough are interested in naming a stand after him (they are). To their credit, most of the clubs reply. Click here to read the correspondence

 

Comments (8)
Comment by Pietro Paolo Virdis 2012-02-27 20:28:05

Having read the Peterborough correspondence, I think that these letters making it into book form at all, is absurd.
They are nothing but some sort of deranged, reversed version of those emails one used to receive occasionally i the the hotmail inbox, with promises of millions if you only transfered a couple of thousand to a Lagos or Accra bank account.
They're not funny, and there certainly isn't anything original with them. It has been done to death befaore, although I admit the topic's not been football, nevertheless an old gag.

Comment by Giggler 2012-02-27 20:55:58

Not keen on the idea either. If someone offered to sponsor a stand at Bury for money, the club would have no choice but to take the offer seriously and yet they'd come out of it looking foolish.

It's similar to our situation back in 2002 when, with the club days away from folding, a supposed investor stepped from the shadows into the limelight. Looking back, his claims were so obviously wild untruths but sheer desperation had us believeing them. I'd hate the club to be held to ransom by a joker like that again.

Comment by tone_burst 2012-02-27 21:06:09

You would think it might merit a mention somewhere in the Exeter City piece that one of the people whose time was wasted (albeit briefly by the sounds of it) back in March 2010 was Adam Stansfield who was, according to his wikipedia page, diagnosed with cancer the very same month - dying 5 months later at 31 and leaving a wife and three kids. But that would'nt be that funny would it?

Comment by jertzeeAFCW 2012-02-27 21:49:06

Although the timing of the Adam Stansfield letter may be unfortunate I think people ought to lighten up and take them in the spirit intended.
I thought they were funny.

Comment by grippersi 2012-02-28 09:37:39

I'm disappointed at WSC's editorial standards slipping to the level of finding time to bother linking to such depths, to be honest.

It's the sort of thing that Loaded would find hilarious. I thought WSC was above that.

Comment by Nefertiti2 2012-02-28 12:10:49

really poor unfunny and a bit repulsive.

Comment by falski 2012-02-28 15:50:59

I agree with jertzeeAFCW - people ought to lighten up. If giving people a wee laugh is wasting their time, then it's a sad world we live in. I'd be astounded if anybody took these seriously, if I received a letter from someone called Struan J Marjoribanks I'd be pretty sure it was a wind-up and take it in the manner it was intended.

Comment by JamesChristie 2012-03-01 15:03:59

It's poor quality stuff, and hardly entertainment. Football clubs get no end of odd, but genuine, requests and mostly they try and deal with them sensitively. Throwing more rubbish at ordinary, hard working people isn't very funny. It's different if it's a matter of poking fun at the powerful and pompous. But ordinary people who happen to work for football clubs are a poor target.

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