On the evening of Monday, 23rd of March, Boris Johnson stepped up to the pedestal and locked down the country. As he did so, he delivered a knock-out punch to the 2.1 million people in the UK who play the nation’s most popular team sport, football.
At that moment, our 1st team were top of the ESFL Premier Division with a seven out of seven win record, and were favourites to top the league had the season reached its conclusion.
However, that disappointment pales into insignificance when measured against the distressful loss of life, and the life-changing alterations that the virus has brought with it.
After coronavirus, the new ‘norm’ is yet to be established. However, we can look forward with hope and optimism, to a society that is more sympathetic to its least fortunate or disadvantaged members.
Similarly, our football Club is also optimistically anticipating good times ahead. Following the relaxation of restrictions, the English FA has now put out guidelines on how we can safely return to training, and the Club is now organising non-competitive coaching sessions.
We dare to believe that this coming season, with the help of our town, we will continue to make progress and prosper.