It’s hard to believe; I managed to prize myself out of the York on Saturday having a day out to watch Morecambe play at Tranmere Rovers – courtesy of the newly formed Terry’s Travel Club.
On arrival in Birkenhead it was clear this was a big team fallen from grace as opposed to us minnows who are as far as most in our league are concerned – the new upstarts who would soon be playing Conference football again!
I have news for those naysayers. The team I saw in the first half were a credit to the town.
They looked a solid professional unit who were not overawed by the large stadium and just lacked a cutting edge that could have seen us go a few goals up by half time.
Skipper Hughes got that elusive goal which sent the 320 travelling fans into raptures, making the half time pie and Bovril taste even better.
Sadly, after missing a sitter straight after the break we stood back and let our hosts come at us to claw back two goals and spoilt our winning streak.
What was also happening at this time was the emergence of a darker sinister aspect to our modern game.
It was a throwback to the darker days of football as a group of about thirty men, not a Tranmere colour between them, made their presence felt and after the game made their way round to our exit, looking for a fight.
The stewards and police were ineffective to these idiots as they surrounded the route back to our coaches.
We were promised the transport would be there to board as soon as we exited: that didn’t happen. It was total chaos until more police arrived ten minutes later.
Thankfully, this is not a regular occurrence in League Two, but as larger teams fall from grace it’s a situation that could happen again.
It would be great if stewards and police had the brains between them to spot this situation brewing: like we did.
With no Premier League or Championship football this weekend it should be a good time to watch Morecambe play Cheltenham at the Globe. We could go back to the top with a win – get down and safely cheer on the lads.