It appears that the end of season has crept up on us all at once. Teams in the professional leagues have a handful of games left, while clubs in the lower leagues are just about at the end of an 8 ½ month marathon.
You know when it is nearly over when the talk is about league titles, play-offs and relegations. Cup finals are also being played up and down the country, which signifies that knock out competitions are finished.
There are many issues that need to be decided as the season enters the home stretch. Whilst the Premier League has only been a two-horse race for a few weeks, it is keeping the interest going right until the last. The same can be said for the qualification for next season’s European competitions.
Some teams know their fate well before the final ball has been kicked. This is bad news for some, as they must play out their remaining fixtures knowing that it is too late to preserve their status. For others, like Torquay in our league, they can enjoy an extended “lap” of honour, as they celebrate their success.
Here, at the Jezzards Beveree Stadium, there are other signs that the 2018/19 campaign is all but over. News of season tickets for next season have been published, tickets for the annual awards night have been on sale and supporters have an opportunity to vote for their “Player of the Season”. Who will get your vote?
On the playing front, hopefully, the lads will have guaranteed our place in next season’s National League South, by the time you read this article. Gary Mc and his management team are already well advanced in their plans for the new season.
There is a sense of release when a season comes to an end. It’s a bit like finishing a project at home or work. Thank goodness that’s finished – is the sigh. But wait, there is another season starting in a few months, and there will always be another project. In the famous words of Kenneth Wolstenholme, “They think it’s all over” – only this time it’s not.
Over 2,000 years ago, the Romans and the religious leaders of the day thought they had seen and heard the last of Jesus of Nazareth when they condemned Him to be executed by crucifixion. Jesus, Himself, utter the words “It is finished” as He breathed His last. His earthly life may have come to an end, but His effect on the Human race had only just begun. It was the start of a “new season”, to which we are all invited to be part of. Have you got your ticket?
Enjoy the next few months
God Bless You All
Updated 19:11 - 24 Apr 2019 by Rob Overfield