John Dennis ran the football club when it got to the Premier League for the only time in its history. It was a huge achievement and something which he can be proud of. He also ran the club when it entered Administration, and that is a huge stain upon his reign. Fans are rightly grateful for the good times and are willing to accept excuses for the bad. I am grateful for the good times, but I am less tolerant of the bad. John Dennis ran the football club, as his father had done before him, but it was no more a community club than it is now. It is easy to be carried away with the full houses during our time in the Premier League, but I also remember just 7,500 turning up for a mid-week Swindon fixture just weeks before the Bradford City game that won us promotion to the promised land. The town has a very mixed relationship with its football club and that relationship could never be described as unconditionally supportive. There has always been an us and them attitude towards the board of directors and the fact that you regard John Dennis as a hero is to ignore all the stick he received throughout his stewardship of the football club. In the eyes of the average fan, things are always the fault of the people who run the club, and never the fault of the average hard working people of the town who chose to spend their money on something else. Football is a competitive sport off the field as well as on it. Players will always try to maximise their earnings and the better players will move on in order to do so. Because its earnings from gate receipts are lower than most other teams in the second tier. the club has to supplement its income through selling players. It has ever been thus. The academy is seen as a cheap method of bringing good players to the club. The costs of running the academy are akin to paying out transfer fees. Both have the same end result. I too am doubtful about the value of the academy. It is reputed to cost £1m per year to run, which equates to £1m that could be spent on player wages or transfer fees. But equally, I can imagine the outcry if we had no academy and some young lad from town came through the academy of say Sheffield Wednesday and earned them a lot of money. These are difficult decisions for the board, and the fans will always measure those decisions with the benefit of hindsight. There will always be fans who point the finger at some club perceived to be doing better than us, and blame the directors for that fact. No-one gets it right all the time. I find that easier to accept than many fans do. I find it easier to understand the logic that was applied in making the original decision, even if that decision subsequently turned out to be poor. I am more willing to be patient than many, because ultimately it is patience that brings its reward when money is tight. I am much more tolerant than most, much more willing to accept logical explanation. We have been together a long time, me and my club, and we have gone through good times and bad together. The people who run the club do their best. They swim against a current of under funding and a tide of ambivalence from their community and that is a sad fact of life for my town. OK, the town has gone through a bad time, money is tight, but it hasn't always been like that. I can remember when the local economy was thriving and the entry fee to attend games was low, and people still refused to turn up and support their team. I was one of a crowd of just 1,400 for a fourth division game, and the community did not seem very interested then either. If my club was a community club, the community would support it whatever, but that is not the case. The community is rightly proud when the club does well, but when the club does badly, the community ignores the club. And it was ever thus, no matter how rosy you believe things were under John Dennis or any of his predecessors.