Phil Old Boy said:
Couldn’t believe it today. Not only were we appalling in the first half but one of our so called supporters decides to have a slanging match with Danny while the games’ going on!
Yes, Danny should of ignored this character but you can only take so much s**t.
Danny was sticking up for Cheners whose distribution wasn’t great, but whose was in that half.
Danny shouts out asking for this character to show himself properly and this guy shouts out I can have a go, I pay your wages.
Well this is total crap as we know who pays the players wages as there isn’t enough money coming through the gate.
Danny shouted you are supposed to be a supporter. Yes, we were awful in defence in the first half but when you are not playing well, you do need support and not some MUPPET having a go, bringing your confidence levels lower.
What does the word support mean? Someone to turn up and have a go at a chosen few on your side. Yes, I think most of us have a private moan, but to do it out there, in that fashion was totally unacceptable
Sorry, while the yellow army is getting things going now and is worth a goal, you have characters like this taking away a goal and all of this good work.
I say people like this should be ejected. There is no place for them and the f****** w***** shouts also should not be tolerated.
I just could not believe this character. He wasn’t the youngest of “supporters” either and was standing alongside half a dozen more senior people. He should know better.
Shame on you whoever you are. The club doesn’t need you and I’m sure your kind of foul mouth behaviour will deter people from the club in future. Stay at home.
I was standing almost directly in front of the supporter whose comment offended Danny so intensely on Saturday and whilst not defending what was said, I have to say right now that at no time did I hear him swear. What he actually shouted was "That's rubbish Chenery!!" - certainly he did not use the phrase "f-----g w----r" at any time at all, even when Danny carried it on and referred to him as a p---k and an "inbred".
The exchange as I heard it went as so -
Bloke on Terrace - "That's rubbish Chenery"
DP - "Shut up"
Bloke on Terrace - "You shut up Potter, we pay your wages"
DP - "Well you're not paying much then are you"
DP - "You a Canvey fan are you? (making a sign with his hands as in "inverted commas")
Bloke on Terrace - "Yes I am"
DP - "Why don't you go and start watching Concorde - p---k"
Bloke on Terrace (joined by a couple of his mates now) "You're rubbish Potter, shut up"
Play went on and when it stopped Danny turned to the section of the terrace where the shouting had come from and carried it on -
DP - "So which one of you was it who was shouting out? Stick your hand up..."
Bloke on Terrace (Older bloke in late 50's/early 60's) sticks hand up - "It was me"
DP - "Idiot, f-----g inbred"
That was it as I remember it almost word for word. As I say, at no time did I hear the old bloke swear at Danny who certainly swore at him. Why he became so angry with this guy when obviously it could have seriously broken his concentration during the game, just for shouting out "Rubbish Chenery" for Ben's misdirected pass, I do not know.
To suggest that the old bloke be ejected quite frankly when he did not swear is to my way of thinking not right at all. He had paid his money to come in and agree with it or not is entitled to shout whatever he wanted providing it is not racist, obscene etc. and "Rubbish Chenery" cannot be classed as offensive in any way.
As has been suggested that the people around this old guy were reluctant to get involved and call a steward, this is far from the case. Why would a steward have to be called to eject the old bloke when all he did was shout out "Rubbish Chenery" after Ben's misplaced pass. It was Danny who swore and insulted this guy, why should the old bloke be chucked out for saying something that anybody who has been watching football for X number of years at whatever ground they go to has undoubtedly done on numerous occasions over seasons past.
Having followed West Ham all my life, I have to say that if fans were to have been ejected from the ground for shouting abuse at Lee Chapman when he played for the Hammers then the ground would without a doubt by half time.
I like Ben Chenery and Danny Potter is one of my favourite all time Canvey players. I hate to see fans abusing their own players as to my mind if any player is wearing a West Ham, Canvey Island or England shirt, he is playing for me and the clubs and country I follow. Booing or abusing players from your own side will do nothing but harm and destroy their confidence.
I have to say that I have been to every Canvey home game this year and I have heard a few comments about Ben but this is not as bad as people are making out I feel. He is a good player who has played a much better standard than non league, always gives 100% in every game he plays for Canvey and will always have a place in the annuls of CIFC history for his goal that won the FA Trophy for the club in 2001. If the people are abusing him from the terraces are reading this, I would ask them why they consider him to be a target for criticism?
All teams need their supporters to get behind them and whilst not be blind to players who do not give their best or who are not committed to the cause, try to inspire and encourage the players who have been selected to represent THEIR club to success and victory.
Booing or abuse will not achieve that and anybody who professes to be a fan of a club should remember that always.