Posted by sean on May 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm in Football, Non League with No Comments


Bristol Rovers got relegated from the Football League this afternoon. I won’t gloat. I have nothing against The Gas, even though it is a little bit funny. OK, quite a bit funny. However, there are many more clubs I would like to see go down instead – sadly, David Moyes’ mission to relegate Manchester United was cut short.

The reason I am pleased that they have gone down, is that somewhere on my Football Bucket List, is a dream to see Bath City play Bristol Rovers in a league match. Yes, we’re still a division apart, but hopefully I’ll be able to tick it off my list before too long. Ideally this will involve Bath City getting promoted into The Conference Premier, and joining Rovers, and not Brizzle going down again!

If any Rovers fans are still reading this and haven’t smashed their PC screen, started writing an abusive comment, or left their house to track me down in an act of revenge (please don’t!), read on…

Relegation will hurt now. I know all too well, experiencing it with Bath City and Leeds. However, once the wounds of today have healed, look forward to next season. Non-League isn’t all too bad. Some of my best away days were spent in that league over two seasons. You’ll have some fun. Relegation may be just what your club needs to regroup and come back stronger – á la Luton Town. Luton should be a warning, however. There is no easy return to League Two. The Conference is tough. There are no easy games and a lot of big, full time clubs are down there. Luton have only just been promoted, after five years. Wrexham, Kidderminster and Cambridge United, all former league clubs, are still trying to get back.

If we don’t meet in the league, see you in the FA Trophy.

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