You Can't Take Carlisle From the Boy
By Neil Nixon
Updated Wednesday, 10th January 2007
Neil Nixon talks about the season so far, and what he thinks the rest of the season might bring
|So we're past the half way point, on a good day we look like play off contenders, on a bad one we look like the definition of mid-table mediocrity. Some people think we'll land a 'name' or two in the transfer window, others think we'll lose the names that really matter and pack the squad out with bench warmers from clubs little more fashionable than we are. I'm not claiming any insights into these issues above and beyond what I see on message boards. I do think - however - that I'm inclined to feel good about things rather than despair at the moment. |
As 2007 dawns I think there are two things to feel good about, despite the problems and the obvious need to put some strength into an injured and slightly uneven squad. Firstly, barring a disaster of Knightonesque proportions we're heading for the best league finish in 21 years and that has to be worth something. Without getting too anal about it the last time we finished higher was 1986 and that was hardly a cause for celebration since the third bottom place in the old Second Division saw us relegated and proved to be one step along a three season free-fall that ended in the summer of 1988 with us missing out on relegation to the Conference because Newport County seemed hell-bent on raiding the local sixth forms for their first team.
Secondly, I've come into contact with so many good people in and around the club in the last month that I've been reminded just how life affirming this whole business can be. Thanks to those of you who came up and chatted, and bought books when I did a signing in the Blues Stores last month. Apart from anything else it's good to know someone reads these columns! I hope the signed books got good homes and a good reading over Christmas. I'd also like to say thanks to the staff in the shops, especially the girls in BS2 who made a real effort on that Saturday morning, and even agreed to pose in the Evening News photographs. That afternoon I watched Carlisle lose to Scunthorpe, despite the reminder that there are better sides than us in the league it was a good time. Mainly because I spent a lot of the game talking to Kristina; the young steward who looks after the back of C stand. That afternoon she could have got her mobile phone, rung up the surgeon who'd operated on her earlier in the same week and said; 'I'm at the back of C stand, it's bloody freezing and we're losing but I still want to be here.' I doubt if she'd made such a call the surgeon would have been impressed. I certainly was. For as long as we have people who care that much about being part of Carlisle United we can't go completely wrong. I don't recall attitudes like that being too evident five years ago. Hope you're well mended now Kristina.
So, now I'd like a decent finish and a decent signing or two to make the New Year.
As Roddy would say; go well!