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Before I get into the main focus of this week's rant I'd first like to express my happiness and relief at the fact that the tannoy announcer decided to stop playing ABBA songs against Guiseley yesterday. I mean, what was he doing for the first few games? Like most people my age I love their work but at a football match it is simply out of place. Playing songs such as 'One Of Us' a few minutes before kick-off and at half-time is about the worst decision ever made. It hardly builds up at atmosphere. He didn't even play one of their fast tempo songs such as 'Waterloo', or a song with suitable lyrics such as 'The Winner Takes It All'.
Personally I thought it was a good tune that he played when the teams came out against Worksop Town. He played it after the match this weekend, but perhaps he just didn't do it before kick-off this time as the teams caught him out by emerging from the dressing rooms early. 'Proud', another good song, hadn't yet finished by the time they came out of the tunnel.
In my opinion before kick-off they should play 'Proud', then 'Tubthumping', which is kind of our song now, then 'Ring of Fire' by Dario G. These are all uplifting songs and the last one will really start to build up a little atmosphere. Then the last song before they come out should be 'Final Countdown', which makes everything seem like a very prestigious affair, and then as they come out of the tunnel and shake each others hands we should play 'Samba de Janeiro', the song that he played as they came out on to the pitch against Worksop. It was used as the goal celebration theme at Euro 2008.
And also, I think it would be a wonderful touch if they could play 'Annie's Song' just a minute before kick-off when the teams are taking up their positions and waiting for the referee's signal to start. We have the Town End now and we should make use of it. I'm sure they'd sing along and there would be a wonderful rendition. Perhaps it would inspire the team a little?
Anyway, moving on from my not-so-expert music knowledge I want to send out a message:
Have a little patience.
Many people have been questioning TT's managerial capabilities and threatening not to attend games now we have earned just 1 point in 9 from our last three home games. Now this is unacceptable and upsettingly poor. But it is easy to forget and not to appreciate that we have took 4 points from 6 on the road so far and won our opening game at home. Our away form looks like it may have finally dramatically improved. It is the reason why we're mid-table with a game in hand, and not near the bottom as we would be if only our home games were accounted for.
Sure we're looking up at where we want to be at the end of the season but you don't want to peak too early anyway. We're not asserting dominance early on but that could work to our advantage as we may be underestimated. And as the season goes on you'll see us rise up the table - you don't seriously believe we'll finish outside the play-offs do you? Just don't worry - don't panic. We've made a few sloppy mistakes recently but a 2-2 draw with Guiseley is a very good result as they are towards the top of the league and have got off to a flier. Most importantly the match was value for money and a very entertaining game of football, which is what we want ultimately.
The club needs promotion to survive, sure, but that's nothing we can affect as we're not part of the team. But you need to turn up, we're scraping over 1,000 each week and let's get our chins up and keep it that way. That helps us financially, at an important time when we need to hand over £25,000 to the Inland Revenue soon.
It looks as though Ilkeston, Guiseley and Hednesford are running away at the top, but I think Hednesford will drop off, and we never really expected to win this league. The play-offs is still only a few points beyond our reach and when we go on a good run, which we have yet to do this season but will, we will gain momentum and make it into the top 5.
We'll find our form at home very soon I think, starting with an easy FA Cup match against Glapwell on Saturday. Taylor will eventually fix the minor errors that are dropping us points. We're not going to lose three home games on the trot many times this season, probably not at all.
Let's just see if we can get a point on Tuesday, which would be a wonderful result, if we don't that's not really a big deal. It is a midweek match at a top team so if we lose - we lose. It will be one of the hardest games this season and you have to lose a couple of games each season anyway. But get down the other side of Nottingham and let's make a racket. You never know, we may even fulfill our potential and snatch an excellent three points, which would boost us up the league instantly.
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