Robbie comments on breakfast interview.
Interestingly, I established at that time that Bob was only attending games if he was receiving a free invite into a prawn sandwich filled corporate box and once he was outed as freeloading, prawn sandwich eating fair-weather fan, he stopped coming to games altogether.
A few years ago, Bob Russell decided to take a swipe at the way I ran Colchester United and claimed it was just a play thing that I would soon get fed up with and that I was only interested in prawn sandwich eating corporate fans.
In the meantime, I got on with running the club during four of the most successful seasons in the club's history in terms of league position and Bob found other sources of free lunches.
Little did I know that he was biding his time so that, after four successful seasons, he could spout a load more nonsense the very first time that Colchester United hit a bad run. So let’s dissect his nonsense.
The following list details the average attendances for the past 28 years and although our gates are currently down by 9% compared to last season, League 1 gates to date this season are down 10% overall by comparison to last year, so we are very slightly bucking the trend.
In the club’s promotion season from the Conference it averaged 3,381 fans a game and so far this season we have averaged 3,525.
Bob does not have a clue what the break even point for the Weston Homes Community Stadium is and how could he, because he doesn't have a clue about running a football club.
Because the price was so generous the shareholders who held the largest shares all chose to sell and left me with no other option than to exercise my legal right to mop up the minority of shares that remained so that I could spare the club from unnecessary expense.
In further response to Bob's points, the BBC offered the club a dramatically reduced fee for live commentary this year and we have improved medical provision for players and fans (working with a local business) and saved nearly 40% in doing so.
If Bob was familiar with Colchester High Street he would know that Bobby Swift Bookmakers, who provide betting facilities at the stadium, are a local business.
It was reported on the news that only 16% of the public trust what Nick Clegg tells them and, if I ever get to a stage where only 16% of Colchester United fans trust what I say, then I promise Bob Russell that I will actively seek to sell the club.