Once, in an episode of "The Simpsons", Lisa Simpson remarked that playground gossip got it's facts right, but completely missed the point of the argument. Sometimes (often, actually), I think of that comment when I'm reading this messageboard. Well done to all in the supporters' club for keeping the board outside Clarence Park updated for the last few months. Please accept my apologies for this oversight. Having said that, I drink in The Crown before most matches, and The Crown is opposite Clarence Park. How did I not see this before? Am I unusually myopic? We might well assume that people who walk past there might not notice it either. I'm not in favour of huge neon signs and arrows saying "football club this way" (and I can well imagine what the residents of Clarence Road would say if it was made more visible), but that is also getting away from the point. <p>The point is this... I am, in the overall scheme of things, not far off being a "floating voter" (my life story has been posted on here before, and I can't be arsed to repeat it). I go to as many matches as I can manage, but not all of them. I may or may not be willing to help out with this sort of thing during the summer and next season. I don't expect free admission or any other fringe benefits, but I have a fairly packed schedule and I may not always be available to help with sort of thing. I am what they used to call a "supporter". I pay my money on the turnstile, I have a couple of pints in the bar and I have a go on the goal card. <p>I'm all in favour of constructive criticism - AFF points out to me things that I may not necessarily have thought of. He gives his opinion, and I give mine. A fair and reasonable exchange of views (not usually abusive). However, "Herbie Smith", an unregistered user I note (quelle surprise), is straight on here saying nothing more constructive than "you're wrong and if you're not happy with it, do it yourself". Nothing constructive there at all. Now, I know fully well that there is more that I can do to help this club - but I (and others) am under no obligation to do anything whatsoever. Messages like that make me less likely to volunteer to help than more likely. <p>Now, onto the more constructive points... the issue of whether national chains would help is a fuzzy one. When I worked for a national chain in the City Centre, I would have had no difficulty in getting posters for a local event put up in my shop. Let me know where the posters are, and I'll use my contacts. No promises, but I can at least ask. Pubs shouldn't be too difficult. <p>What does slightly worry me is that anybody who comes on here and criticise the way things are run is instantly either slated and/or dismissed as being yet another Lee Harding identity. Do you have access to information that I don't, AFF, or am I just not thinking laterally enough?