"As for Maidenhead, the conga (which was amusing) aside, quite a strange bunch really – some the oddest chants I've ever heard at a football match" ~ localboy86, Amber Planet forum, 26th April 2015

Sunday 29 April 2012

Too little, too late

Last season, MUFC Ltd lost on the final day yet stayed up. This season, we won on the final day but 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 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):

Some people used words such as 'gutsy' and 'heroic' 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 revelling in MUFC Ltd's failure. That isn't true (if it were true, though, I'd have had much revelling to do, of late!). I 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 isn't much to write home about). 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 vs Chelsea while we were on our way to Dover), repeated misjudgements in the boardroom and the dugout - over a prolonged period - lead me to conclude that Maidenhead United doesn't deserve Conference South football next season. 

Then again, my liver doesn't deserve Southern League football, either!


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