This coming Sunday (8th December) we have no match yet again because:
a) We were knocked out of all three Cup competitions in the First Round.
b) Both U.S. Acli and Broxbourne Athletic either don't have their Home pitches available or have asked to be released.
c) St. Mary's are using our pitch at Hazelwood for a County Cup match (which takes precedence over our Home League matches, and
d) All other teams in other divisions of our League who don't have a game this Sunday don't have their pitches available either, so we can't play anybody in a Friendly.
A lot of other clubs in our predicament having lost 6-0 today for our 13th defeat in our last 14 matches would just pack it in and fold up, but there is no way I am going to do that, despite some ex-Rovers players and some of my relatives (not Trevor though) advising me that we should finally call it a day after 37 years. We had 14 players there this morning and we have loads more wanting to join us, so we are not exactly struggling for players are we ?
I am open to suggestions about what we should do at training for the next two Wednesday nights (when Trevor is at Arsenal) and this coming Sunday (if we decide to have a training session using cones and corner posts as goals).
Obviously there will be some players who will want a Sunday off to do other things, but having some sort of practice match at 10.30 is the only way we can get new players signed up and see if they can get out of bed at that time on a Sunday morning.
The problem is, if we sign these new players up, whose place are they going to take in the squad out of those 14 who played today plus Leon and John (who were the only regulars missing) ? Everybody today had so many different ideas afterwards and at Half-Time as to who was at fault, but none of them accepted that they were at fault themselves ! Will these new players make us play any better for the rest of this season though ? No, they won't because we still won't have any teamwork. Somebody said just put in only players who come training, but all we do at training now is just have a kickabout because half of those turning up play for other teams...including AC Enfield's sub who came on this morning, which was well out of order by the way and if he turns up this Wednesday I will stop him training...and the rest of Riaz's mates if they don't want to sign up and are just coming along to have a laugh at us.
Personally I think we might as well do the following for the rest of the season, because nothing is going to change...
a) Keep naming the same 14 every week plus Leon, John (when he is back from suspension) and a keeper (if we can find one).
b) If anybody is running late and we have been told they are 'on their way', then we wait for them and the club pays the fine for the late kick-off (because invariably the player cannot afford to pay it themselves). We must start the match with our 'best players' otherwise we will find ourselves 4-0 down at Half-Time again.
c) If people cannot afford to pay their subs or cannot be bothered to pay their subs, then we still let them play and those of our players who are rich enough to afford to pay their own subs will just have to subsidise the others. We then hope to get some sort of sponsorship to pay for the shortfall. We simply do not have enough players paying their subs to be able to drop players for non-payment. If we bring in new players, they will not pay any money either...as we have found out already this season.
d) We play players in the positions that they want to play in, even if it means that in some matches we are fielding three at the back, seven central midfielders and nobody anywhere else !
Hopefully if we do the above, at the end of the season we will have finished bottom, then when the League goes down to just three divisions next season, we will then be in the bottom division. It will still be tough in that bottom division because, as I say, any other team in the four divisions of our League who are losing like we are will almost certainly fold up before next season and we will be the only team left who are used to losing.
New players can be brought in during the Summer in the 7-a-side League though, and of course tried out in Pre-Season Friendlies, and if they are better than what we have currently got, then we can be ruthless and say goodbye to people. We cannot do that now...in my opinion.
If any of our current players have any thoughts on what to do this Sunday, the next two Wednesdays and the rest of the season, please reply here or contact myself or Trevor privately if you prefer that.
I a lot of players have the same views...which I doubt...then fine.