Fight or Flight
This is from a supporter who in his seven or eight years following TMUFC has seen plenty of ups and downs. He was kind enough to crystallise his thoughts on the season that is closing, and offers a real sense of hope that TMUFC are on the beginning of a journey that goes only one way- up....
After last season’s exploits some of us (those seduced by Sky Sports in earlier life) were looking to see the impact of relegation’s parachute payment. A few clung to the strings of our previous exploits at this level and hoped for another record-breaking season. Others cut the strings, never to return to Imperial Fields. Early on in the season, some in the stands were confused and had the belief that blowing hot air might work to bring us up. This, of course, only works with balloons! The club itself set about building its own mode of flight. A new structure was put in place. Fresh, young talent on the pitch and in the dugout. When it became evident that a bit of old-fashioned glue was needed to cement things, “older”, more experienced players were enlisted. Of course, any structure requires support and as the season has progressed, this support has widened and strengthened.
On the 280 bus to the ground last Saturday, a young lad got on with his dad. The young lad was interested in everything, but dad had his nose in his phone. As we passed the cemetery at Figges Marsh, the boy commented on the large number of people that must have died. His dad told him that it had been over a long period of time and some had died a long time ago. After a short period of reflection, he said “In truth they should have waited to be born, then they’d be alive now”. Wise words from the youngster, which brought to mind Tooting and Mitcham; if only the league had waited to start when we played Egham, we might still be alive!
As that can’t happen, going forward in the words of Mary Poppins’ employer, Mr Banks- “Let’s go fly a kite”. Yes, the initial flight tends to waiver left and right, up and down- but walking backwards helps the kite to soar. As Warren in this blog put it, “backwards to go forwards”. This young team has shown on a number of occasions that they have the ability-and fight- to soar. And with this management team holding the strings, and a positive bunch of supporters around them I’m sure they will.