On Monday 30th August 2010 Maidenhead United beat St Albans City 2-1 at York Road in front of a bumper Bank Holiday crowd of 307.
Next home league win?
Tuesday 12th April 2011, when a Will Hendry goal against his former club secured an unlikely 1-0 win over Eastleigh.
For anyone interested in the figures that's 225 days or over seven months - approximately 19,440,000 seconds, 324,000 minutes, 5,400 hours, 32 weeks (rounded down) - without a league win at home.
Indeed, a few days after the win in August my good friend Terry and his partner Natalie announced that they were expecting their first child. They were proud parents to a baby girl by the time Maidenhead United had next won a league game at York Road! (forget bad luck, injuries, referees and financial constraints, perhaps Tel and Nat are to blame for the Magpies poor season??)
We've also seen a royal engagement, regime change and revolutions across North Africa and the Middle East, England retaining the Ashes in Australia, and natural disaster in Japan.
Umpteen games, numerous players used (only four of last Tuesday night's starting XI were even at the club in August) and countless goals conceded.
Still, not as bad as that season under Carl! ;-)
Joking aside, the monkey is finally off the team's back and it's 'game on' in the race for survival. Before last Saturday's goalless draw with Humpton, the Magpies hadn't kept a clean sheet in over three months; now they have two in a row ... and eight points from the last five games. Tomorrow's match at Thurrock (just one place and two points above us in the table, and with a nightmare run-in) is now massive for both sides.
|Huge game at Ship Lane tomorrow. Crowd probably as pictured, however!|
'Drax eyes great escape' was the headline on the back page of the Advertiser this week.
"I've said for a long time that on paper, when we turn up, we're not far off being a very good side" commented the gaffer.
Let's hope that we turn up at Ship Lane tomorrow (and we're on paper!). Otherwise this recent revival (of sorts) could ultimately prove as fruitless as the nine-points-out-of-a-possible-12 run of form under Dennis Greene in 2004/05, that gave us a chance of survival going into the final day of the season at Newport County (where we capitulated, pathetically, and were subsequently only saved by Hornchurch's demotion due to financial problems).
That aforementioned sequence under Greene included a 2-1 win at Thurrock on 9th April, with Craig O'Connor scoring a penalty and Guy Ekwalla proving the unlikely match-winner
With, admittedly, my black and white-tinted specs on, I fancy a similar result tomorrow. Here's hoping ...