Solihull Moors FC has a great slogan: Moor than eleven. Every successful football team has more than eleven involved in that success. Yesterday evening, the Moors earned a replay against a team from higher in the pyramid. That was achieved by players, coaches, other staff and fans too. It was also one of the more exciting no-score draws I’ve watched.
Today is the first day of meteorological winter, the season when staying home in a warm house can seem like a better choice than sitting in the cold, watching your team play. Whether or not you continue to go to games can depends on many factors; there are other responsibilities to family, friends and work that have to take priority. And, of course, your health; some people need to stay indoors. But for those, like me, who are blessed with good health and are free of other commitments, there is a choice on whether to go to the game or not.
What keeps me going is the belief that fans are important and their support can encourage the players. I’m a small, insignificant part of that team of fans and I should be there supporting them. There has often been a great atmosphere at St Andrew’s this season, which has reminded me of the J B Priestly quote that I’ve mentioned before. He said that going to a football match “turned you into a member of a new community, all brothers together for an hour and half … having pushed your way through a turnstile into another and altogether more splendid life.” At this time, when the country seems divided on so many issues, it feels good to be united with such a great group of fans.