Afternoon, all. Still top of the league then after a very productive Easter weekend what with most results going our way too. Anybody nervous? Well there’s always the pub beer garden on Monday to take the edge off things! As the Conference era remains a blur I often think back at this point to the 1998/9 season and our last League promotion season. With six games left we still had to play Rochdale away with long trips to Darlington and Plymouth on the itinerary. As well of course as Posh hitting town before the end of the month. Those six games yielded just six points unfortunately although we were the first of 92 teams to clinch promotion that season, with a 2-0 win at Spotland on Tuesday 27 April. Cue “Shaggy is God” on return to the Abbey in the early hours of the Wednesday! The way we effectively gave up the title on the last day of the season to, whisper it, Brentford, still grates twenty two years later. I felt strongly we were the best side in that division(over 45 games!) which is why we must achieve that destiny this season.
Anyway, back for a meander down Cut Throat Lane and it’s our favoured 1970/71 season again and 10 April 1971(Easter Saturday) saw us host runaway leaders and, a few weeks later, champions in the form of the black and white striped half of Nottingham. We must have been looking for revenge that day for the Boxing Day massacre(well sort of, 4-1) which we had endured at Meadow Lane, as the U’s ran home winners 2-1 with goals from Hollett and Walker in front of 6,935, our second highest home gate of the season which included no doubt several migrating magpies. When you consider that the previous DAY we won at Southport, imagine that these days? Two games literally in 24 hours and we played again three days later! Anyway those four Easter points pretty much secured our not having to apply for re-election that season, finishing as we did in 20th spot, four points ahead of the trap door which that season included Lincoln(shucks) and the then Ironsides from the then Monmouthshire.
Enjoy the programme attached and stay confident. Although I have just been reminded that on 10 April 1912 the Titanic set sail from Southampton…...tragic not least as they missed the formation of the greatest little football club in the world a few months later.
Since 1912 - United in Endeavour!
Bye for now,
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