You have to go back six months and nine days to find my low point of the football season, writes Steve Bone.
It was October 23 and I took myself off to Nyewood Lane hoping to see Bognor beat Harrow, while believing that Pompey could continue their winning run at Stevenage and Gosport would beat Slough to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
Pompey, the Rocks and Borough are what I’d call ‘my’ three teams but that night they left me seriously depressed.
Bognor lost 3-0, Pompey lost 2-1 at Stevenage and Gosport blew their big chance of FA Cup headlines and glory with a home replay defeat.
At full-time I wouldn’t have cared if the season had ended right there. And that was without knowing the Blues’ defeat that night marked the start of a winless run that would continue until March 9.
Anyway, the point is... it all turned out nice again, didn’t it?
I remember tweeting that night how I hated football and someone replied that I’d soon fall in love with it again. And they were right.
If you judge a season by how your own teams fare, then you’d look at the finishing positions of my three teams and mark it as ‘mixed’. In fact, it’s been much better than that.
Pompey’s relegation from League One matters not in the grand scheme of Fratton life. Instead, we are able to cherish a brave new world of fan ownership and can look forward to a whole set of new adventures in League Two.
The trust have made a terrific start to their reign and Guy Whittingham doesn’t seem to be doing at all badly with his efforts to keep the squad together. And even AFC Wimbledon stayed up to set up a couple of fans’ derby days.
Bognor quickly improved from that defeat to Harrow and after an injury-plagued season ended in mid-table in the Ryman premier and are looking forward to a trip to the Amex Stadium for the Sussex Senior Cup final.
And my Borough, if I can refer like that to a team I’ve only watched twice in the past five years, are in next Monday’s play-off final for a shot at promotion to the Blue Square Bet South.
The great thing about supporting teams other than the biggest ones in the land is that you get to suffer the lows that make that the highs all the more enjoyable.
Since 2008, my teams haven’t really had a boring season (or even a boring week) between them. And there’s no reason to think 2013-14 will be any less captivating.
Hate football? I didn’t mean it, you know.