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Cricko

Zone Owner ⭐
Staff member
Joined
Oct 25, 2006
Messages
34,445
Location
Leigh-On-Sea
Maybe I am getting old, well I am, but it seems to me the youth of today do not have the same passion for our club as us oldies do and The Zone ...I guess times have changed and there is a new world out there with social media filling up every crevice in peoples lives.

There is no guessing anymore it is momentary until we all see it online.... Of course The Zone was instrumental in all this years ago.

We built a community with 5 football teams including Jackie Smiths (Tinks) ladies team.

We had a Zone shop once where we would sell mugs t-shirts etc.

We arranged meet ups at The Spread every week and car park Zone parties.


Have we all gone past that?..surely there is another era of members to take us forward.

The Zone will always survive, but new ideas are always welcome, x

I guess the bottom Line is WE oldies built The Zone for you.
 

OldBlueLady

Junior Blues Coordinator⭐
Joined
Dec 27, 2007
Messages
49,425
Location
Benfleet
The Zone community is not as it was, it doesn't have the same connection that there used to be here. However, I appreciate it was different when I joined to what it was when it formed so it does evolve, maybe that is just taking it in a different direction again now.

I lost count of the number of cakes I used to make for Zone meet ups - including about 120 desserts for that 24 hour football marathon at Chase!

It does seem that a lot of the younger supporters just follow on Twitter and Instagram and many of them like trying to point score to impress their mates - the keyboard warriors are particularly rife in the 17 - 19 year age group.
 

Oakley1

Schoolboy
Joined
Apr 21, 2017
Messages
446
Having been in the middle for many of the Zone games including finals, I guess its a sign of the times, people move on and others don't won't to come in and take over
there have been too many people upset by certain posters on here and I have to say there are certain administrators on here who act like the SS and will block you or bar you for farting out of line and this drives people away
 

MK Shrimper

Striker
Joined
Aug 6, 2005
Messages
52,584
Times have changed from 2007 - good times with Tilly, we were all younger and not lumbered with offspring!
 

Special Blue

Coach⭐
Joined
Aug 13, 2010
Messages
1,918
My son once asked "Is that facebook for old people?"
I do still talk to him but can't really undertstand what His reply is as He's a teenager!
 

Cricko

Zone Owner ⭐
Staff member
Joined
Oct 25, 2006
Messages
34,445
Location
Leigh-On-Sea
Having been in the middle for many of the Zone games including finals, I guess its a sign of the times, people move on and others don't won't to come in and take over
there have been too many people upset by certain posters on here and I have to say there are certain administrators on here who act like the SS and will block you or bar you for farting out of line and this drives people away

Apart from your posts,which are riddled with viruses, certain posters is the normal cliche of total bollocks and opinions,we love that, , have you anything to substantiate your wisdom of knocking the guys who run this site?
 

LägerBomb

Coach
Joined
Jul 3, 2012
Messages
812
Location
Brighton via L-o-S
My son once asked "Is that facebook for old people?"
I do still talk to him but can't really undertstand what His reply is as He's a teenager!

This is pretty much it. Facebook encompasses so much of the internet at this point that many people won't be aware that forums (for virtually any topic) even exist. Forums are still the best place to learn about and through the experience of others.


  • Regarding a zone shop: young people don't have any old money
  • Regarding zone meetups: you're never separated from your friends because of your phone
  • Regarding who built the zone for who: you built it for yourselves and others found a part of themselves in it.
 

leeblue

Members⭐
Joined
Aug 22, 2006
Messages
8,600
Location
On the seafront c c csiders
Ten years ago as a casual viewer of the zone...i stumbled across the SZFC section...messaged about training etc and I managed to squeeze a couple of promotions and cup finals out of my old legs. Getting to know those guys and many with in the SZ community was brilliant..this of course led me to the TZ coaches and getting to know the great people involved there. It certainly does seem to be a different vibe nowadays but we still all share a love of SUFC. And I see plenty of passion from youngsters at games.
 

Oakley1

Schoolboy
Joined
Apr 21, 2017
Messages
446
Apart from your posts,which are riddled with viruses, certain posters is the normal cliche of total bollocks and opinions,we love that, , have you anything to substantiate your wisdom of knocking the guys who run this site?

I'm afraid I had to come back in as a new user so all the emails and bans I received from Jam man was wiped off, it appeared that what ever I would right or argue about with someone caused me all sorts of issues including a ban that would not allow me to even post........
 

onceknownasrab

President
Joined
Dec 31, 2008
Messages
4,315
I guess times don't change that much. We always have core supporters and others that get seduced by good play and success. The latter points probably highlighting the reason as to why we are not attractive to much of the younger element currently. I dare say that very few newbies, to matches this season, have been chomping at the bit to return.
 

Jai

President ⭐
Joined
Nov 27, 2003
Messages
6,669
Location
Witham
You think it's hard getting young people engaged with a message board, try getting them to understand what a fanzine is :smile::smile:
 

RobM

55 years as a supporter!⭐
Joined
Jan 20, 2007
Messages
9,443
Location
Essex of course!
You think it's hard getting young people engaged with a message board, try getting them to understand what a fanzine is :smile::smile:

One of the Bradford fans bought one and said "Excellent! That's real football!".
 

SUFC_Ross

Coach
Joined
Jun 5, 2013
Messages
1,131
Location
Shoeburyness
At the ripe old age of 24, I think Mrs Ross would strongly disagree that the passion for SUFC has gone, I eat sleep and breathe SUFC and i'm gutted that I missed the days of SZFC and meet ups in the spread, after all I like to put a face to a name!

My kids are just starting to get to the age where they want to be involved with football too, and I think next season will be the junior blues sign up, and well for me, I'd be looking for any excuse to get down the pub to go for a social!

If you're worried about the oldies, cant you start up a SZ Boules club? :winking:
 

Firestorm

Pedant
Joined
Oct 25, 2003
Messages
15,248
Location
Immersed in the accounts
I recall a similar discussion on the old Yahoo list when the bulk of the membership drifted onto here c 2002-3.

I do wonder if there is a different breed / generation of football fans now. Those brought up on big money, premiership football seem to have little interest in anything other than instant success, instant gratification, total entertainment , with little concept (or even acceptance ) of tradition and history.
You only need to look at the Harry Kane record breaker stuff, he got something lie 30 less (in all competitions) than Dixie Dean did !! (without any European competition)
 

onceknownasrab

President
Joined
Dec 31, 2008
Messages
4,315
At the ripe old age of 24, I think Mrs Ross would strongly disagree that the passion for SUFC has gone, I eat sleep and breathe SUFC and i'm gutted that I missed the days of SZFC and meet ups in the spread, after all I like to put a face to a name!

My kids are just starting to get to the age where they want to be involved with football too, and I think next season will be the junior blues sign up, and well for me, I'd be looking for any excuse to get down the pub to go for a social!

If you're worried about the oldies, cant you start up a SZ Boules club? :winking:

Don't you worry about us oldies. We can still teach the young ones a trick or two! We may well start a Boules club but it will only be a cover for our true antics. God, I am almost out of breath typing such bravado. Complan and an early night for me!
 
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