Here are the latest ramblings of BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan..
Dreamland wasn’t it ? The way to win a title is how? Well to blast five goals past your opposition and to play some of your best football of the season.
This time last week we had no idea how the game against Port Vale would go. It was probable that Vale would make it difficult, after all they’re a side who would have been dicing with the play-offs had it not been for entering administration and a ten point deduction.
First half they certainly looked like they might be capable of spoiling the party. However once Matt Ritchie had hit his wonder goal and Paul Benson had scored the second, then Town eased to the win.
I was thinking as Benson grabbed his second, that clearly he’s a player who loves what he does. Even at times when he’s run himself into the ground, he keeps on running. In an age when we suffer endless rubbish about so called superstars, here is someone who fans love to watch. Enthusiastic and willing to run forever for your team.
If you were in the away end at Morecambe you’ll know what I mean. Last minute of the match, a narrow one-nil lead and Benson chases down a ball despite there being little chance of making anything of it. It was one of the highlights of the season for me, and he’s been a great addition to the squad.
Back to last Saturday, and the moment when Paolo Di Canio delivered on his promise of bringing a title to Swindon. To see the County Ground packed and totally together was marvellous. After the misery of last season, this was a great day. We don’t win many championships…three if I recall correctly, and my how good it feels.
The quality of football has been great at times this season, and there have been some stand out performances. Next week I’ll reflect in greater detail about the campaign that’s been, but it’s fair to say we’ve not seen too many like it.
I’m not close enough to know the financial implications of winning League Two, but we’ve clearly got a board of directors who are determined to back the manager. We as fans have high expectations, so many times that leads to disappointment, and those expectations need paying for. We’ve moved to a higher league which means we’ll be looking at players who can play at that higher standard. That will cost money. That needs finding etc etc.
It would wonderful to think we would have twelve thousand plus in the CG every week but being realistic that’s not going to happen.But as fans all we can do is back the club as much as we can, after all they’re our team through good and bad so we might as well.
So to party time in Yorkshire on Saturday. For the first time this season we play a game where there is no pressure whatsoever. Title is won and delivered, and so we can just go and see the season out in a relaxed fashion. I don’t suppose for one moment PDC will see it that way, he’ll want the three points no matter what. But it’s time for fancy dress and saying goodbye to old friends for the summer.
It’s a strange day the last day of the football season isn’t it ? We all need a break from the weekly emotional roller coaster of following our team, but there stretches a long summer ahead of us. Still there’s the Olympics and Euro 2012 and the cricket to look forward too. Good luck by the way to Roy Hodgson, a decent man who deserves his chance to be England manager…get behind him!
So if you’re off to Valley Parade on Saturday see you there, if not back here for the final time this season next week.