I think it’s fair to say we’re in the most unique of times at the moment, the world has ground to a halt and with that our beloved game of football is on a temporary hiatus. Given that this is an unprecedented situation, there’s a seemingly endless list of questions that we as fans (and club officials, players etc) want to know the answer to. Hopefully the situation around the world improves and sooner rather than later we’ll know what’s coming.
For those of you who read the Concord Rangers matchday programme you may recognise this style of waffle, usually I spend a number of hours each week putting together that publication for your reading/collecting pleasure. Of course, with there being no football, there’s no programme to write/edit, so I thought I’d put my mind to work and add some content to our website (as there’s no match reports or previews to fill our feed with).
I think the biggest question at the moment surrounds how the 2019/20 season will eventually come to an end. The professional leagues are still working on a solution that will allow them to finish the season when things return to “normal”, while the leagues below us in Step 3 and down have seen the FA make the decision to declare the season null and void. Here in the National Leagues of Step 1 & 2 we’re waiting, and that may well be the case for a while. There has to be at least a type of alignment with what the pro leagues do as obviously Step 1 feeds directly into League 2 and vice versa, but then with no promotions or relegations in the leagues below us, we’re between a rock and hard place, quite possibly doing one thing at one end and the total opposite at the other.
I’m sure we’ve all got our own ideas on how the league season should end/continue when life returns to how it was, and maybe one of us already has the right answer, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Of course it’s not just our league season that is uncertain, us along with every other side that made the semi finals of the FA Vase & FA Trophy were on the cusp on history and a day out at our national stadium. With the season being null and void for the sides below us (including our semi final opponents Halesowen Town), what happens next? The FA have stated that they are looking at all options as to how to finish this competitions, the optimist in me still dreams of our big day out at Wembley, but the pessimist in me feels that we should at least prepare for the worst, as tough as that may seem.
What’s next? How will the 2019/20 season eventually end, if it even remains to be a season in the annuls of history? Will we get a chance to finish our historic FA Trophy run or will that become just a memory of a season that never was? There’s plenty more questions to answer around the current situation we all find ourselves in, and not just surrounding football, but there is one thing that I know for sure, football will be one of the biggest factors that brings the country together once this is all over. When that announcement comes that life is back to “normal”, it’ll be Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings at places like the Aspect Arena, The Vale, Champion Hill, Roots Hall, Brisbane Road, and of course Wembley Stadium that will bring people together again, celebrating or commiserating as one, and I can’t wait for that day to come, however long it takes.
Stay safe people, keep washing those hands, and we’ll see you on the other side.
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