It is indeed a sad day and nobody will mourn the passing of the good ol’ days of Conference football more than me. But after all, my allegiance has never been to the Conference League, nor the FA Trophy competition, nor to Jeff King come to that. It has always been to my favourite football team - Canvey Island FC. So, in a way, nothing has changed. I’ll still stand with Brian and Bill to watch home games, I may be able to get to more away games like I did in the old days, I can still enjoy some banter with the lads in the bar, still listen to the dulcet tones of Tony Richardson, “OY! REF! Look at me!!!” and I can still dream of winning the FA Cup (well, getting to the proper rounds anyway). Canvey Island FC is still there, just moved into another era.
The new era looks promising. With the passion that exists on the terraces now being imported into the boardroom, I am actually looking forward to some more terrific seasons. Of playing above our station, of being the loudest fans in the league, of having the highest attendance figures, of winning games with scores of 4-2, 5-1 or 3-0 – just like the old days.
What has passed is now in the past. Let’s look forward and give our full support to the new, phoenix-like Canvey Island FC. Let’s ignore the taunts of other morons who come onto our discussion board to wind us up (they can only do it if we reply!) and stay focussed.
After all, we have got some very happy times ahead.