Last season MUFC Ltd lost on the final day yet stayed up. This season we won on the final day yet went down. This oddity doesn't do yesterday's drama justice, though. I was at a surprise 30th birthday BBQ (don't mention the weather!) and was therefore glued to Tw@tter. At about 16:50 the following tweets appeared on my feed, all within seconds of each other (read from the bottom upwards) -
Adjectives such as 'gutsy' and 'heroic' were used by some to describe yesterday's performance. Meh. 'Too little, too late' was another - and, IMO, a more appropriate - comment. As is quickly becoming the norm, though, @therealdrax gave the best summation -
The Chairman - the real one, not the scamp who wrote this -
- has previously accused me of reveling in MUFC Ltd failure. This isn't true (if it were true, though, I'd have had much reveling to do, of late!). I really hope we survive in the Conference South ...and that remains a possibility as no team finishing 20th has ever been relegated (which probably explains why the general quality of the division leaves much to be desired). Darlington, Kettering Town and Truro City are among the clubs, in financial trouble, who could yet go bust/be demoted and see us reprieved. Paul Semakula's injury-time winner, which ensured we finished above Humpton, could still prove crucial.
However, despite the inevitable excuses and the spin (check out the rather vapid final sentence of this particular blog post ...written, incidentally, by someone who was at the Emirates last weekend, for Arsenal v Chelsea, while we were on our way to Dover), repeated misjudgments in the boardroom and in the dugout - over a prolonged period - lead me to conclude that Maidenhead United really don't deserve Conference South football next season.
Then again, my liver doesn't deserve Southern League football, either!