This was my first game of the season, having just got back from holiday. How I enjoyed my first experience of the NEW Canvey Island FC. I thought the enthusiasm on the field was terrific, the atmosphere on the terrace was vibrant and the general ‘feel’ of the place was based on optimism and openness. The crowd was bigger than I expected and I hope that more people will come back, once word gets out that this is an optimistic set-up at Park Lane. Only one person I spoke to was downbeat, feeling that his life had gone back 10 years and that we had been here once before and didn’t quite have the buzz to want to do it all over again. I understand that point of view, even though I don’t agree with it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the football, even though it was strange for me not to know any of the players’ names. Where was Wardy? Why wasn’t Danny Potter in goal? But soon I was drawn into the game and, I suppose being lucky that my first game was a thumping win, I enjoyed every minute of it. Every one of the players I saw seemed to be giving it 100% and as a result there was no barracking from the terraces, only genuine support.
I enjoyed Craig Davidson’s performance (he was always a favourite of mine) and I thought that he and Dobbo put some meat on the rather thin and inexperienced bones. Another player of similar calibre to these two and I believe we could do really well.
The past has passed and I feel honoured that I played a tiny, tiny part in the 10 glory years. Without serious financial backing I don’t suppose history will repeat itself, but who knows??? In the meantime I will be back because I liked what I saw and for the first time in a long time, I sensed some ‘ownership’ in my club.
Can’t wait for the next game.