So de­serv­ing of far big­ger au­di­ence

Accrington Observer - - MOTORS -

be­fore but we’ll al­ways be fac­ing an up­hill strug­gle.

I have friends who love foot­ball, sup­port cer­tain teams and never go to a match. They don’t en­ter­tain the idea of watch­ing Stan­ley be­cause: ‘why would they?’ they’re not Stan­ley fans and in their heads it’s as black and white as that. Foot­ball unique with this and peo­ple don’t change teams.

It’s very tribal and you want to stand where your dad stood, drink where he drunk be­fore the games and that’s ex­actly what peo­ple do.

I’m lucky be­cause my grandad knew Eric well and one day just so hap­pened to stum­ble on to the team bus by ac­ci­dent as it was leav­ing for an away game in the 80s. There was a spare seat at the front and he wasn’t do­ing any­thing else, ab­so­lute chance but I’m glad he did. I could just have eas­ily had a sea­son ticket at Turf Moor but I’m in the mi­nor­ity not to.

I don’t re­ally know what I’m try­ing to prove but all I’m say­ing is we need to be in it for the long haul and be a vi­able op­tion for ev­ery­one mov­ing for­ward. Coley might never see the true im­pact of what he has done for this club, be­cause the num­bers might just go grad­u­ally up year by year. It will not hap­pen in a flash, it might never hap­pen at all. But, we need to face that re­al­ity and do it quickly.

To this week­end and a real test of our bot­tle, Wal­sall are look­ing con­tenders for pro­mo­tion in the early go­ings. They were bat­tered in their last home game by Don­caster so can cer­tainly be got at. Se­lec­tion will be in­ter­est­ing, but I doubt Cole­man will change the start­ing 11 head­ing in af­ter a win. I’d like to see Hall given an ear­lier nod com­ing off the bench as he looks like he has real po­ten­tial and will take his op­por­tu­nity sooner or later. It may as well be this week. Three points here would be mon­u­men­tal, it may show that we’re not just here to try and sur­vive af­ter all and those at­ten­dance fig­ures might just creep up.

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