Gary`s GREEN and WHITE......
ARMY...........I have read all the previous posts about discipline and it vexes me......that supporters specially older ones have conveniently forgotten the years of struggle with the threat of relegation, that Hendon seemed to fight year on year off!!!!!!!! We now have a manager in Gary who has lasted 10 years at the helm and through his hard work and dedication the Hendon loyal have seen a team that no longer struggles at the bottom of the table but is fighting for promotion. OK I know that 2 red cards in 6 games is possibly more than we normally pick up, but with more players coming back every few days I`m sure we will again be fighting for promotion like last season. finally it seems that the Hendon loyal have forgotten the fact that due to the FA balls up over the Enfield situation our players have had a truncated break, they work like other people. If we were paying them £250,000 a week then I could not defend them. I`m sure that Gary`s meetings with the players will bear fruition in the next few days or so?????
p.s also thanks to all the hard work from Simon that we even have a club to call our own. And a new ground next season????
Edited by mello at 16:52:01 on 2nd September 2015
Re: Gary`s GREEN and WHITE......
As one of the "older" supporters so disparaged by mello, I have not forgotten our struggles against relegation and indeed our ongoing fight for survival. I resent the implication in his/her post and some others that winning is the be all and end all. I am as gutted as much as anyone by EVERY defeat (and I suspect I have witnessed more losses than most over the last 60 or so years). What vexes me is the increase in dissent (I know it's not only us, but that's no excuse). This was my only rebuke to Gary and he has made it clear that he is stamping down hard on it and I wish him the success that he so richly deserves - long may he reign over the Green and White (or should that now be Black) Army.
Random ramblings from a Grumpy Old Man (by the BBC definition of GOM)
It is not black and white, green and white, green and black, all red, midnight blue, two shades of blue, or any other colour combinations! Predominantly, it is the older supporters who are less tolerant of misbehaviour, as much, I guess, because when we started watching Hendon, bookings were terrible and sendings off almost a case of expulsion from the club. This intolerance is probably equally felt in life as in football.
In the late 1970s, Corinthian–Casuals still had that policy and their player manager was sacked between the ref pointing to the dressing room and him leaving the pitch – his kit-bag and clothes were piled on the floor outside the dressing room. It wasn’t until the mid-to-late 1970s/early1980s that they actually allowed their goalkeepers to actually attempt to save a penalty awarded against them.
A famous American football coach one said, "Winning isn't everything, it is the ONLY thing." Another team's owner was even more succinct, "Just win baby!" was his mantra. Both teams were hugely successful, but one of those teams was notoriously dirty, the other just hard, so over-aggression was not the answer. Finding the balance is what it is all about.
I am uneasy that we seem to be picking up too many of the wrong type of cards – dissent yellows and violent conduct reds. As I said in my post last week, some cards are understandable and occasionally acceptable – "taking one for the team" is the usual phrase – but our booking count is not that much higher than our opponents' early in the season.
When things were going so brilliantly in the final third of last season, we seemed to be able to overcome this type of adversity. Now, with so many new players, it is taking a while. What happened in the spring was that the expectation level rose to previously (for the last 40 years anyway) unimagined levels and the drop-off has been steep.
If East Thurrock had not scored the winner and we had picked up points at Leiston and against Harrow, would the anguish and anger have been as bad? It is a hypothetical question which cannot be answered.
I have complete faith in Gary, Freddie Scott and Co.’s ability to turn things around, but we do need to be patient. I know it is early in the season, but only two of our first seven League opponents are in the bottom half of the table (the two we beat); if we can get a winning run going, the sun will shine, the birds will sing and the cards will diminish – I hope.
Edited by David B at 18:35:47 on 3rd September 2015
Re: Gary`s GREEN and WHITE......
Totally agree. This season, considering we started without the centre back pairing of Goode and Braithwaite, without either Maclaren, still without Chris Seeby, and without the regular services of several other players for one reason or another, we have really not done badly at all. Both the East Thurrock and Harrow matches were close, tight affairs. Last season we were staying in those types of games and even nicking them. Confidence will return I am sure and with it hopefully a bit of luck as well.