That Was the Season That Was

- But don't do that too often!

A few words on the Great Escape by GREAT GRANDAD SHOUTY 

Well, the season is over and what a time we’ve had over the past few months. Come January, we were dead and buried and looked to be going nowhere – except the Conference. 

Then, in came The Messiah and preached to his followers that all was not lost. The followers responded both on and off the field with the result that The Great Escape became a reality. 

Of all the loan players that Ronnie Moore brought in, Jordan Hugill was perhaps the gem and it was, of course, his goal that brought Football League safety. It may well be that if Preston North End win promotion to the Championship, then Simon Grayson will think that he’s not quite ready for the elevated status. In which case, let’s have him on a season long loan. 

Obviously, mistakes were made with managerial appointments but that’s all in the past. We now have an opportunity to move forward and a start will be the retained list. Jack Compton never really fulfilled the early promise and perhaps Jonathan Franks showed inconsistency. Opinion was divided on Marlon Harewood but he was able to make a big contribution when it mattered. One thing he did do was show the other players how to take the ball into the corner and thus run down the minutes. Something that’s not been done too much over the years.

What’s up for next season? I’d be happy with a mid-table spot but frankly we’ve not a lot to worry about. When an average side like Burton can win League Two then it shows the paucity of what’s on offer. Pools more than matched them at The Vic and it was only a defensive lapse that saw them take the three points. I’ve never quite worked out how Accrington can survive on gates just over a thousand; indeed when they came here they brought with them the sum total of forty supporters. Come to think of it, Exeter City brought more supporters up here and I liked the way a small number of them stayed behind to join in the celebrations after the game had finished.

One thing’s for certain, there will be more travelling to away games. Relegated from League One are, of course, Notts County, Leyton Orient, Yeovil and Crawley. It was Crawley who, of course, sacked Richard Barker on the grounds that they wanted to take the club forward. As far as I know, he’s now Assistant Manager at Milton Keynes Dons, who gained automatic promotion to the Championship. Get in there!! 

And then, of course, there are the two clubs coming up from The Conference – Barnet and most likely Bristol Rovers. Be pleased to welcome you back, Andy Monkhouse! At least, we’ll have Carlisle and York to travel to! The turn out at those two grounds was fantastic and showed what support we’ve got when it matters. Perhaps the club could keep up the momentum by arranging for a CD encompassing The Great Escape and Bob Marley’s Every Little Thing Gonna be all Right with the profits going to youth development. Worth a thought. 

Its going to be an interesting close season and events will take our minds off things like the next government and a royal baby.

There’s not a lot going on elsewhere during the summer so relax and don’t get too stressed out being dragged round Asda, Tesco, Morrison’s, Gateshead Metro Centre, Primark and any of their ilk.