“A sense of perspective is needed all round” – Butler’s Blog

With the lack of non-elite football for us to cover for the time being our man Ryan Butler has decided to start a weekly blog into how he is feeling mentally and how he copes without watching our sides in the coming weeks.

“…With the voting procedure now closed, National League North and South fixtures will cease with immediate effect.” Well then I guess there you have it.

I delayed this blog post to Friday so I could watch Manchester United play in the Europa League on Thursday night and thankfully it’s paid off. Because not only did United win 4-0, the National League confirmed on Thursday the above.

Now whilst I can say I am not shocked in the slightest that this has happened, especially after last week’s post where I called out the league for letting their member clubs down.

But what I would say is this decision has already seen animosity on social media (SHOCK!) and fans of clubs that voted to terminate the season or fans of neutral clubs are criticising clubs that voted to continue the season and fans and personnel of those clubs for wanting the season to continue.

For me that is ridiculous. Especially when in the arguments I’m seeing people are trying to label clubs like Dorking and Gloucester City as “selfish” for protecting their own interests…..uhh what am I missing here?

Surely every single club within the National League has voted to protect their own interests? And who are these clubs to answer to rival fans or nobodies on social media about their interests? Why do Gloucester City, Fylde or Dorking have to justify voting the way they have if their interests aren’t the same as some of the other clubs?


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I talked about it last week when I mentioned that of course sides fighting for a play-off spot will vote to continue and of course some of the sides who have nothing to play for will vote to null and void the season, that is because each individual side has their own interests at heart and who are we to question those interests?

Honestly, a sense of perspective is need all round, it’s embarrassing.

It looks as if some of the clubs, Gloucester City included, are seeking legal advice for their next steps and I whilst again who am I to question the board members and Chairmen of those clubs and what how they wish to proceed – but what I would say is to be cautious about this approach.

We all saw what happened with South Shields’ efforts to try and issue legal proceedings after the end of the 2019/20 season and it ended up with a Go Fund Me page and lot of stick online.

But it will be interesting to see what happens next and whether we have heard the last of this story or not – I mean, even as I type that I know full well we haven’t!

I’ll end this week’s post with the delightful story of the week and that is a remarkable way to spend your half term break.

Gloucester City U11s player Zachary is on his final day at the time of writing of a 5-day challenge that has seen him complete 23 laps a day of the Meadow Park pitch whilst dribbling a football, meaning by the time he has finished he would have chalked up a majestic marathon!

Everyone connected to local football is very proud of the young man’s efforts and we encourage you all to donate to his cause to raise funds for both Gloucester City and the NHS.

Please donate to Zachary’s JustGiving page here.

Join us on Saturday morning for a great show with guests Dom Kent, Mat Blythe and Stuart Tait.

As always stick together and be there for each other.

The Big Man

Cover Photo taken by Neil Phelps. To view all of his great Gloucester City images please visit his Flickr page by clicking here.