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The Comedy of Errors

Left 'Pie-On: December

17 December 07 words: Martin Naylor
"League Two is filled with rubbish teams playing rubbish football and we are one of the most rubbish in it"

Ten years ago, we were top of this division. 

In our record-breaking season, under Sam Allardyce, we won the league by the end of March with a cigar on that had been hand-rolled on the thighs of Cuban virgins. 

We turned up at matches, paid our money at the turnstile and just knew we were going to win.  The team knew they were going to win. Even the opposition knew we were going to win.  We were that arrogant and we had every right to be.  It was a brief one-season stop in the basement, and we pulled down our strides and showed it our arses as we shot straight back up.

I’ve got out the jewellers eyepiece, have rammed it in my eye and have spent the last five months analysing the current mob who turn out for us on a Saturday  - and I can honestly and sadly say that there is nothing that even remotely compares to that team. We have been in this rubbish division for a few seasons now.  It is filled with rubbish teams playing rubbish football and we are one of the most rubbish in it.

In the last six weeks, we have been humiliated and dumped out of the cup by a non-league team two divisions below us and lost another three games.  We are in the bottom half of the league and I am under no illusions that, the way things stand, we are facing yet another battle with relegation.

Over the Christmas period we face a tricky game at Dagenham before entertaining the odious and seemingly unstoppable MK Dons and their mouthy club-raping fans on Boxing Day.  I saw a man in the booze aisle at Asda a couple of months back wearing a Dons replica shirt and, much to the embarrassment of my missus, I asked him if he was proud of his club and how it had formed.  His reply was “I’m from Milton Keynes mate and I’ve got a football club to support, why should I give a shit about Wimbledon?”   Following the visit of that lovely man and his mates, we entertain Rotherham in an almost local derby before travelling to Edgar Street on New Years Day to face another in-form team, Hereford.

We need to start winning and wining soon, that much all of the fans are aware.  But confidence on the terraces can pass down to confidence on the pitch - and despite a morale-boosting 2-1 win in our last home game against Shrewsbury, the players are not convincing us of their abilities too much.  Maybe, and hopefully, they can prove us wrong over the festive period and bring back that feeling we all had ten years ago.

Happy Christmas and that.

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