With the early bird season ticket scheme being announced a couple of weeks ago; Richard Hobbs contemplates having a Wolves season ticket next year.
There are few things I enjoy doing more in my spare than watching football. Whether it’s down Molineux, my Sunday league team, or on TV, it’s how I like to relax after a long week of work.
When I got the email from Wolves announcing that it was time of year again to get your season ticket, I almost didn’t know how to react.
This season has been the first year I paid for a season ticket at the tender age of 22, with my Dad always getting mine when I was growing up.
Now I’m a boring adult, paying bills and rent, I have to think about what I’m spending my money on and spending £350 on season ticket can’t really be a snap decision.
My life, contrary to my twitter feed, doesn’t revolve all around football. With my girlfriend’s family living in Swansea, we go to South Wales about once a month. Usually I try to go down when Wolves are away, but if it’s a nearest and dearest’s birthday, I’ve had to miss a couple of games. More and more, I have things going on that are more important than standing in the South Bank for two hours.
At the start of the season, I worked out that as long as I didn’t miss more than 7 games, having a season ticket was worth it and 2/3’s of the way through the season, I’ve only missed three. So my extra commitments haven’t impacted going to games that much.
This season, we’ve been treated to some pretty dire stuff at home. Beating Huddersfield 3-0, Zyro’s home debut at Fulham and the first match of the season against Hull. Those are the only games that were good, and one was a draw!
So far this season at home we’ve played 18, winning four, drawing six and losing 6; placing Wolves 20th for home form in the Championship. I don’t have my season ticket on the assumption that Wolves will win every game, but it’s safe to say the return on the investment this year has been woeful.
The lack of passion and desire shown by the players in the last few games doesn’t want to make me spend my hard-earned money to watch them unable to string three passes together. Considering I’ve seen the majority of the same players play an good brand of football in seasons past, you can start to lose faith.
But, we are not being offered to buy a ticket for this season. The reason why I turn up to the next game after seeing Danny Batth try his best to kick the ball anywhere but to a team mate, is because I have a belief that Wolves will improve the next game.
Hope is what draws fans in game after game, season after season. The unwavering belief that our team will get better and improve in the hope that they could win games and titles, is what keeps us hooked in.
Wolves are clearly going through a transition at the moment and over the next few transfer windows, lots of changes will happen at the club. There are some decent youngsters coming through who make you proud to be a fan like Jordon Graham and if the likes of Connor Ronan and Niall Ennis can continue to progress, Wolves could have a young and hungry squad that can challenge next season.
Sadly I don’t have a crystal ball and don’t know how Wolves will do next season. At the moment, things don’t look great for Wolves in the short term. But look at Birmingham. City, 18 months ago, they were pretty much the worst team in the league. Now they are competing for a playoff place on a small budget with hungry players.
I’ve always been told to do what I enjoy and despite that poor brand of football this season and the other things going on in my life, the joy of watching Wolves win makes it all worth it. I’ll make the cheque out to Jeremy Moxey.