Having got back late last night after the game and been out all day today this is the first occasion to jot down some thoughts after the AFC game.
First thing to say is how pleased I was with the way the evening went from an organisational perspective. Just as with the Watford game everything went smoothly and it shows we can cope with big crowds. It also shows us how much is involved and I know that Fingers particularly was knackered at the end – but his efforts in sorting out so much stuff should be recognised.
As 2 years ago I enjoyed meeting the AFC guys. I enjoyed a very interesting conversation with Eric Samuelson (who was pleasantly surprised about the lack of any requirement to wear a tie) about some of the silly money being paid by 1-2 of the Essex clubs in our league – suggestions of budgets over £10k a week. I think I’m able to mention (Eric told me the AFC budgets are all published) that to put last night’s game in perspective the AFC budget is nearly three times the size of ours.
I also entertained a friend Simon Johnson, who is Director for Corporate Affairs at the Football Association. Simon told me that 24 hours later (this evening) he was in charge of welcoming Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Franz Beckenbauer to Wembley for the England-Germany game. Hopefully he enjoyed the cut and thrust of the Ryman League as much as sitting in the Royal Box, not to mention his journey home with Tim, Trevor and Jez.
Another good performance – what might have been if Jason Norville had marked his debut with a first minute goal instead of hitting the post? And when was the last time a Wealdstone team was applauded off the field after a home defeat?
I also enjoyed reading Terry Brown’s comments on the AFC website. I believe we are building more and more relationships with clubs at present and this is very important for the future.
Finally though after the dust has settled one is still left with some frustrations. We realise we still need bodies to help for so many things. Please please help – maybe to help get people to sponsor player goal and clean sheet sponsorships, maybe to help fill the kit grid. Let me know by email or on Saturday if you could help us – and help us maintain our momentum.
Two performances don’t make a season but we have set a standard. There is real optimism around the team – for the first time in some time, but let’s remember that if we want to keep improving it costs. And reread the third paragraph if you want to know what we are up against.