So for close to a decade we spent money on a youth team that contributed only Hanlon and Stevenson as first team regulars. The rest of the money went on a few players who dropped down a level after playing a couple of seasons for the first team and a lot of players who didn't even manage that for us.
We have a successful Ladies team that contributes to how positively I feel about being a Hibs fan in the same way that the youths' double last season or winning the Scottish Cup does. Or indeed the money spent on maintaining the stadium to a good standard rather than only the bare minimum to satisfy health & safety, or the money spent on running East Mains when we could be running round Arthur's Seat.
There is a lot more to Hibs than just the eleven players on the park that you want to support.
And we needed a lot more than your money and mine combined if we wanted to keep McGeouch, so do we have enough money to stand still in the men's game?
I actually agree with you that our Ladies team shouldn't be professional, but for a different reason. Unless the Ladies game up here goes semi-pro, then there is little point to having a professional team facing amateurs.