So i know it isn’t create a thread month anymore but i have been urged to post and start a petition by a fair few people on bomberblitz and also “Essendon bombers for life” Facebook page which has 9K members.
I have been told by some people on here that it’ll do nothing and there’s no point but i figured i don’t care what people reckon and its better to at least try and save the club then sit around and do nothing.
Whats the worst that can happen? People don’t sign the petition and the club goes down the same path.
Whats the best that can happen? We get a fair few signatures and the club realises its time to pull its finger out and we force it to make change. The heat from the media, past players, members and fans and losing significant membership numbers should really be the tipping point.
So here is the petition i wrote up last night, it is only the rough edit and im down for any changes you guys recommend. Once everyone thinks its of a good standard ill post it onto www.change.org and we can all start signing it and eventually send it to the club.
We should try and get it done soon and send it to all our friends so we have a decent amount of signatures by the end of the season. The other option is we could follow in richmonds footsteps to a tee and drop a truckload of mannure off at tullamaruine? lol anyway Let me know what you guys think, Cheers.
"I write this to the Essendon Football Club in a time of crisis. The football club that I and many supporters have loved our entire lives is in a total state of demise.
It has not seen any on field success for 20 years and has been upended by the supplement saga in 2012.
We the supporters have had enough of the club being so poorly run and governed by people in high places.
We as the supporters deserve more than this and we have been asked to be patient too many times. This mediocrity isn’t acceptable and we are sick to death of it.
Admittedly the club as a whole and the football department has seen many changes since the supplement saga but one department that has not been changed is the list management and Recruitment. We ask for a review on this department and to compare our list building strategies to other successful clubs as we need a new perspective moving forward. We have not seen any superstars in the club since Hird and Lloyd.
The board is another area of the club that needs over hauling. Our goal as a club needs to be winning premierships and winning premierships only. We do not want corporate board members with no experience in the AFL industry. We must bring in people who demand success and standards and nothing else. We are not here to please the AFL or other clubs; we are here to succeed and take no prisoners.
The club’s current values are not going to turn this club into a powerhouse again.
“Innovation, care, Growth, Engagement, Social inclusion, Respect, learning, reputation”
These are not values that will take you to a premiership. They also don’t align with the supporters as a community.
Our values need to be; Honesty, consistency, courage, passion, Success, Accountability.
These are the actual values that the club used to stand for. Theyre values that the supporters identify with and expect to see.
Until the club aligns itself back to the supporter base, we can continue seeing more of the same and the culture being a mess and eventually memberships will decline.
Club memberships should be the 2nd priority as it is not the aim of the game.
All us as fans see right now is a well-run business and a very amateur run football club and it is sad and pathetic.
We as fans cannot sit around any longer while our favourite club we have poured money and time into slowly but surely destroys itself and Burys itself into even more years of entrenched mediocrity.
The fans of this club are demanding a complete external review of every department of the football club specifically involving the board and football departments. We are also demanding a proper hard rebuild of the list. We had a perfect opportunity to do it in 2016 but chose not to and what a failure that decision was. We are sick of other clubs bottoming out and flying past us as we are continuously middle of the road.
May we suggest people like leigh Mathews or paul Roos. People with no emotional attachment to the club that can come in and tell the club where and what needs to be discarded of or fixed/improved on.
We believe the club post the 2016 supplement saga suspensions has been as poorly run as it possibly could have been. The current playing group is flat and has been playing the worst football we as fans have ever seen. The list as it stands is not capable of contending for a flag let alone a final and anyone within Essendon that believes this is completely delusional. We have lost hope.
We demand action come years end. We demand this be taken as serious as it can be. A full club review must and will happen, asking for patience does not fly anymore. We demand honesty as supporters that have stuck with the club through the hardest times any club in the history of the league has gone through.
it is time us supporters really put the heat on the club as it is just unfair on us, the backbone of the club to just cop whatever it is the club dishes out when obviously it has the resources available to become something great once again and sustain it.
Thanks for your time, please give this petition a sign for the greater good of the Essendon Football Club. The sooner this happens the better.