Much has already been written and discussed about the FA's decisions. I'm not going to go into any of that. In my opinion, they were damned if they did, and damned if they didn't. There was never going to be a solution that fitted everyone's needs or desires. The main thing to remember is the safety of everyone involved in the game, players, staff, supporters, everyone. Regardless of how the season ended and whatever the ultimate decision of the FA, I will not be expunging my records or forgetting any of the great football that I managed to witness during 2019 and early 2020.
It was another month before I managed to get to another game but then, after a low-key affair between Saffron Dynamo and Harrowby Town in midweek, I was back on the FA Vase trail at the weekend for a mouth-watering tie between Western League Premier league leaders Bradford Town and Vase Quarter-Finalists from two seasons back, Leighton Town. The Reds managed the game to perfection, weathering all that the Bobcats could throw at them and winning the game 3-1 (Bobcats Outwitted).
BotP Teams of the Year
Step 2 Wealdstone - The Stones led the way in the National League South when play was halted. Three points ahead with a game in hand, and looking very likely candidates for the title.
Step 3 Royston Town - Narrowly knocked out of the FA Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage and in with a very good shot at the Southern League Central title when the season was cut short. It was shaping up to be a superb season for The Crows.
Step 4 Halesowen Town - A cruel end to what was looking like a tremendous season for the Yeltz. Promotion well and truly on the cards and into the Semi-Final of the FA Trophy after beating Barnet on their own path in the Quarter-Final.
Step 5 Stowmarket Town - Fifteen points clear at the top of the Eastern Counties Premier League and unbeaten all season. Step 5 was a tricky decision with a number of very good candidates. However, Stow edged it on the back of not having lost one of their 28 league games.
Step 6 Jersey Bulls - Again Step 6 had some great candidates. However Bulls' (who had already secured promotion) record of played 27, won 27, scoring 99 and conceding just 7, stood out as the number one choice.
So, that's it. Season over and, at the time of writing, no idea if we will even see the start of next season. My current feeling that it is very doubtful that football will restart in 2020. If we are lucky we may see some action in 2021. In response to the question posed in the blog title, yes I am missing football.
Stay safe everyone.