I've thought this all season but today was the last straw.
If that's what this league is all about you can stick it I'd rather be in the North West Counties. And our attendances would be higher!
Full of Sunday pub league teams and joke managers whose only tactic is to pressurise the ref with constant moaning and screaming at every challenge. And what happened at the end, given the way they were taunting us as they walked off, is probably what they worked on in their training sessions.
Rant over See you Tuesday. Hopefully some football will break out
the end of match scenes were shocking from a lot of Sutton Players/coaches, but red cards were handed out to all of those who deserved them.
sadly dropping down into the NWCFL, i don't believe, is the solution. - the budgets of the top 10 of the counties are the equivalent to NPL levels. (as we believe) - mileage of away travel (using this seasons prem) is much less than NPL D1SE, but should be about the same as next year - attendances sadly wouldn't rise if we were in the Counties. apart from the winning year they are lower than we are for this season. and if we were to have big crowds because we were winning the league (14/15) then we'd be back at step 4 - going down a step doesn't bring on field success. the last 10 teams to be relegated now stand as follows
Skelmersdale currently 15th step 5 Goole currently 17th step 5 Burscough currently 18th step 5 New Mills currently 12th step 6 Harrogate RA currently 19th step 6 Padiham currently 17th step 5 Cammell Laird currently 14th step 6 Garforth Town currently 9th step 5 Woodley Sports don't exist Durham City currently 20th step 6
I Completely understand the sentiment that it was more fun in the counties back 5+ years ago, but all football down to step 6 is now a competitive "business". We just HAVE to hope for a better league split next season, try to get some of the old rivals back (Mossley, Droylsden, Linnets, 1874, COL, Trafford, Cables etc. which should increase the crowds which then potentially has a positive impact on the budget, the football gets better which holds the attendance at a sustainable level and we go from there.
We have noticed this season that although the standard of football is not as high as some teams in the current NW div, some teams do have a chip on their shoulders, and we seem to have had issues with some, unlike the last 4 years at this level (THAT'S MY PERSONAL OPINION - NOT THE CLUB'S)
Lets go again Tues and see what happens.
oh, fyi, a hypothetical Central division next season MIGHT look this this
I agree bandit. Now that the dust has settled my rant was born out of the frustration of the result and then the scenes after the final whistle. The last thing we want to do is to go down a level. Hopefully we'll have a good game and performance on Tuesday