On our return to the Football League we embarked on a new era under Mark Yates. After truly being a million miles away from anything like an acceptable performance, the circus drew its final curtain with Keith Lowe gracing the centre of midfield. A decision to which baffled Stephen Hawking’s himself.
We turned to a familiar face in club legend Danny Whitaker, who subsequently turned to more familiar faces from the title winning season to see a dramatic upturn in play and finally a much needed three points!
The media came out in force to the celebrity signing of Sol Campbell. Firstly focusing on improving team fitness, Campbell’s cup of soup was then starting to resemble a strange combination of leek and tomato with somewhat baffling tactics and team selections. Nevertheless the Silkmen vessel was safely steered away from its rocky course to the National League back into the smoother Football League waters.
A terrace closed, training facility lost and both staff and players paid late on several occasions. Both staff and players, and volunteers alike deserve all the credit and pats on the back from the supporters. The youthful lions produced a league and cup double and several events raised plentiful of silver to give our number 23 the testimonial year he deserved.
As we look forward to the future who knows if Campbell will stay, or what squad of players can be attracted under the premise of a contract that may or may not be adhered to. With little sign of a long-term vision, the day to day behind the scenes firefighting is only likely to continue. Ground work such as floodlight improvements are required, and at a cost, with Butch’s Bar potentially getting a refurb…and hopefully not just a pancake flattening!
One thing still remains as true as ever though, this season has once again showed that we fight against all odds!
Silkmen till we die.