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It's important to get behind the team and the back-room staff at Edgar Street
3:02pm Thursday 19th December 2013 in Sport
EDGAR Street is not the happiest of places at the moment and everywhere you look we are facing challenges and uncertainty.
The boardroom has been a very challenging place to be now for several months.
Like so many clubs, the finances are and have been a constant worry and meeting everybody's aspirations of simply is not possible.
I have never been one to shirk a challenge and, indeed, have been in some difficult places in my life.
Earlier this year, I had my fourth operation for thymus cancer. I was feeling very low and such circumstances could easily make you start to think that there is little future.
At that moment, you rely on the fight and determination which earns you the reward and the joy of life.
This is not a bad reward as I’m writing this column today, and looking forward to the holidays with my friends and family.
So, fresh from my personal health challenges, I can put the challenges which face our football club into a different perspective.
I see Hereford United as a poorly patient, who longs for better days and waits eagerly for the family to visit - hoping that the medical team are using their knowledge and expertise to do the right thing.
But, likewise, you have to rely on those around you to give you their best support in your time of need.
And thankfully, we have those people at the football club.
Many of you will not know the back-room staff here but they have faced some difficult times - while continuing to work hard to keep every aspect of the club going – Jamie Griffiths on the website, media and PR; Rachel Norledge who will take on any task asked of her; Lee Symonds, a club stalwart of over a decade who manages our office and is often the first person you speak to on the phone.
There are many more, they never seek the limelight but their support is vital.
I could go on and on about the commitment of our back-room staff. Their resolve and determination at such a difficult time epitomises the spirit which is now required of our supporters.
Contrary to others' opinion, I believe the players are good enough to be mid division if we can only take our chances.
I fear that the negativity among a minority set of supporters must surely get to the players and management, when you are fighting, not just for three points but for your career and livelihood.
Many of our players are very young and sensitive to harsh comments and jibes. It is often quoted that, “confidence” is so important in the changing room.
It must be especially frustrating to be rubbished by those who hide behind various pseudonyms on internet forums – some of whom openly admit to not even attending a match at Edgar Street this season! I fully expect some recriminations from these people but I am able to stand up for myself.
Premier League players are under the spotlight 24/7. And so they should be. What they get paid in a week would see this club through to the end of the season!
So when I, too, read the facebook and twitter comments, I get frustrated and question why I bother - especially when it is the same few generating the misery and nasty commentary. However I meet so many really genuine and lovely people down the street, all contributing in the different ways to the existence of the club. They are uplifting; I guess many of them have been here before? They come because they love the club and it has real meaning for them.
So my Christmas plea is this: For the people who are Bulls fans - get behind the manager, get behind the team – and get behind our magnificent back-room staff.
Yes, have your opinions and thoughts, make your comments but just give some thought to how they will be received and are they helpful to the situation?
Football at Edgar Street is a roller-coaster, but at some point it will be our turn to ride at the front and I hope you will be on board when that happens.
To those of you who attend regularly thank you, its not been easy I fully acknowledge that but in a time when grass roots football faces so many difficulties your support is critical and I can put it no stronger than that.