The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

IT’S STRANGE how of­ten we hear at this time of year that a team at the bot­tom are ‘fight­ing for their life’. We rarely, if ever, hear that a team at the top are fight­ing for their life.

The min­i­mum that a fan should ex­pect of any pro­fes­sional foot­baller is that he should be fight­ing for the lives of every­body in his club.

We all know that peo­ple’s emo­tional worlds are made bet­ter or worse by the next re­sult.We all know the power of the club to their masses. Our col­lec­tive role in pro­fes­sional sport is to con­stantly fight to cre­ate a win­ning en­vi­ron­ment in which every­body who be­longs can share in bet­ter, not lesser, life feel­ings.

Whether a team are top, 12th or bot­tom, they ought to be fight­ing for their life. There is no time like the present to be­come bet­ter; no time like now to de­liver more. Any­thing less than ‘more now’ should not be enough for any­body.

Against the odds, my team are cur­rently eighth. We haven’t got the fan­base or the bud­get to com­pete with the big­ger clubs in our league.We had to change round nearly our en­tire play­ing squad this year.

We blooded many lads from lower league foot­ball. And we have suf­fered the freaki­est of in­jury crises. Not too many teams are cur­rently play­ing with­out a sin­gle fit cen­tre for­ward!

But the lads have dug in, looked for no ex­cuses, ground out ten un­beaten re­sults in 11 and given them­selves an out­side chance of creep­ing into the top seven. All by try­ing their very hard­est to get bet­ter and to find an­swers, not dwell on prob­lems.

At the end of the sea­son, no­body will be able to say that they didn’t fight for their lives.

In this game there are talk­ers and there are do­ers. Those that get over the line will have de­served it and I bet they never stopped fight­ing for their lives.

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