AT THE risk of being compared with Delia Smith, the Observer is calling on the Wealdstone fans to rediscover the spirit of last year’s FA Trophy run ahead of the final promotion push, writes Jon Batham.
Norwich’s most famous celebrity board member has often been ridiculed since for her rabble rousing ‘Where are ya’ half time rallying cry to Canaries fans at a Premier league game with Manchester City in 2005.
However, with five cup finals, seven including the playoffs, between us and the promised land of the Blue Square South, we dare to suggest it is time for Stones’ large and heroic support to find its full voice once more.
Those present will never forget the din made by Stones supporters on the journey towards Wembley last year.
The cries of ‘Gordon Bartlett’s tin pot army’ which rang out for 90 minutes as Cambridge were vanquished in the quarter final or the choruses of ‘Chris O’Leary, 6ft 2 and something to be scared of’ to the tune of Prince Charming after his stunning header in the draw at Dartford in the round before.
Why are we evoking these memories and making reference to a football-loving celebrity chef? Because we need those full throated cries all the more now and our perception is at home lately we have been too quiet.
There is no doubt Gordon and the team have tough decisions to make on the pitch ahead of Saturday’s game with Cray.
Does he restore Rikki Banks to the number one jersey in light of Jonathan North’s uncharacteristic errors in Tuesday’s defeat to Bury?
Is it time to gamble on the fitness of Alex Dyer’s troublesome ankle and to restore midfield enforcer O’Leary to the fray?
Those are Gordon’s decisions and we cannot influence them regardless of our opinions.
However, we can voice our unconditional and noisy support for the boys from minute one.
The atmosphere on Tuesday night sounded subdued, apart from the few minutes at the start of the second half when we briefly took control, almost as if we were waiting to be entertained before finding our voice, and that is a luxury we cannot afford.
We are not talking about baiting referees or opposition, just unconditional full voice support from the off.
Yes it might inspire the opposition too, but we must take that risk. Believe us, we would join you behind the goal if we could.
So come on Stones fans, be your best, bring your scarves and your voices and sing one for us.
Up the Stones.