Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption says that „hope is a good thing, maybe even the best of things, and good things never die“.
I believe this quote encapsulates the passion of the St Kilda fan; the fan who keeps turning up, who keeps buying their membership, who never lets on-field performance diminish passion.
Some years ago, I did the absolutely unthinkable.
I purchased a $50 membership for North Melbourne when they threatened to go under (alongside my Saints membership of course).
The thought of supporters who adore what their club means to them, having to endure a merger or collapse devastated me
I wanted to do anything I could to preserve a club with a steep history, as I would hope that the same would be done for me. For us.
I’ve read about Fitzroy. I know that there are supporters who have said that football died for them the day that the Lions merged with the Bears.
The documentary ‚Year of the Dogs‘ highlights the fear that Footscray supporters faced under threat of merger or collapse.
I would be devastated if St Kilda collapsed.
Football would never be the same. I could never support anyone else.
This club ignites a passion in me that goes far beyond players on a field. To an extent, it’s unexplainable, but I also feel that’s the beauty of it.
It’s like a higher power, and there’s a majesty in the intangibility of love, loyalty and faith.
I am in such a privileged position that, in the current climate, my employment is stable and allows me to reassure the club of my membership commitments for the season; I will not request any refund.
I consider myself to be lucky every single day that this crisis persists and my heart breaks for those people who have to make some very difficult decisions in order to sustain themselves.
I know that there are so many who will need to forego their membership in order to simply put food on the table. It is unimaginable, yet completely understandable.
I think of my seven-year-old self all those years ago who began her journey of becoming a lover of football; there must be hot chips for young children, there must be sustained family traditions, there must be more football fairy tales, there must be football.