To be printed in the
Southern League Premier Division game v Cinderford Town on Saturday
18th March 2017
hard not to ramble on like the pub bore at the moment, repeating
myself endlessly that something amazing is happening at our club.
Another top day out, this time at Top Field with Slough fans
traveling in huge numbers swelling the Armed Forces day crowd to 838
and sweeping aside the team in second place with a well deserved 3-2
victory. About five of us used to sing 'All the Rebels, so many
Rebels...' but now when we do, its true. It's fantastic that I didn't
recognise all the Rebels at Hitchin and its worth
remembering that not so very long ago Slough Town nearly ceased to
exist but thanks to a few people, one or two who unfortunately never
saw our day back in Slough, that we are here. Watching Slough getting
hammered week in, week out was hard work, helped by alcohol and a
backs-against-the-wall mentality football fans seem to discover when
its not going your way.
That's why I think
Arsenal fans could do with a reality check and a bit more humility.
Leyton Orient are facing a winding up order and in danger of heading
out the Football League, Coventry continue to battle with owners and
are looking likely to return to the bottom division for the first
time since 1959, Blackpool fans are boycotting games until their
owners go – whereas Arsenal, in the semi finals of the FA Cup but
might not finish in the top four for the first time since 1996. Stay
Hitchin I ended up for a beer in my old Aunt Bets dodgy old boozer The Scottish Stores in Kings Cross, which she ran during the war.
Draft dodgers, gangs, prostitutes, it sounded a lovely place and
until recently was a strip pub. It's been given a fantastic make-over
and I got chatting to York City fans who look like they are heading
for back-to-back relegations into the National League North.
I'm pitching for a new TV reality show called Life Swap where you
literally get put in someone else's shoes. First up would be a
moaning Arsenal fan who would have to manage the football club for a
month. Then it would be a pushy parent who would have to become a
teacher for a month to a group of excitable
With the spread of
social media its so easy to have a pop at other people while the
media is quick to point the finger when things go wrong.
I think the Lincoln
City manager summed it up perfectly 'Footballs crazy isn't it? I
wouldn't dream of going to the dentist and telling him what to do or
shouting abuse at my plumber. But people come into your profession
and tell you what to do. Of course that makes football great. People
love football and that brings passion – when you don't think
clearly or act normally. I know the Arsenal fans are passionate but I
don't like the way some of them treat Arsene Wenger.'
you have got at our level is a connection and the way people have
rallied round our goalkeeper Mark Scott after his horrific injury has
been heart-warming. Quite a few Hitchin fans asked how he was and
individuals and other clubs have raised nearly £7,000 in two weeks.
It must have been hard for our managers too, who not only have to
deal with the injury but on top of working full time have to try and
find a new keeper with just 11 games left to go of the season.
Mark Scott was in safe hands with Slough legend Kev McGoldrick and
the Basingstoke physio doing a fantastic job. It seems only right
that Kev is to be given a testimonial at the beginning of next season
for over 30 years service to Slough. If ever there was a man who
deserved to see Slough flying again its him and I wish him well as he
battles against a serious illness.