It’s been a rough few weeks hasn’t it? The team are top of the league, we’ve been to Everton and run them close in the FA Cup and had a strong transfer window.
Aside from all that terribleness, social media has seen lots of vitriol flying around, with players coming under fire, the club’s season ticket announcement backfiring when I’m sure it wasn’t the intention and someone even accusing me of being sycophantic to the managers who have given us two trophies, a Wembley trip and our pride back. Imagine that!
All the sarcasm aside though, we’re in serious danger of missing the point here, as fans and as a club as a whole. What got us here? Aside from Danny and Nicky, aside from investment from the board? I’ll tell you what got us here; we did.
We cheered the side on when they went 1-0 down to Torquay in the 80th minute on Good Friday. We stuck with the team when they went 1-0 down at Gateshead a couple of days later. We roared them on at Portman Road, out-singing the Championship side and we did the same at Arsenal, even though we were beaten.
We rallied round to fund a player in the summer of 2016. We bought season tickets in their thousands upon returning to the league, helping the club evade the mistakes of those lot up the road. We seized on the success and built a fortress at Sincil Bank which has seen us lose once in the league at home this season and only six times throughout Danny’s managerial reign.
That’s what our strength is. We are one, whether you like the hashtag ‘Imps As One’ or not, it is true. Some people might not like having it served up to them in that manner, but there’s a reason the club picked it. We were as one.
Now, I fear we’re not, not entirely. I fear that some have a sense of entitlement, some believe we’re going to turn up and win games just because we have done before. That never happens. Football isn’t just a great game, it is a cruel mistress and the wrong attitude, on and off the field, can backfire badly. We were once the club’s greatest strength, but we’re in real danger of becoming its Achilles Heel.
Are we in danger of becoming the architect of our own downfall? Is what made us great in serious danger of making us weaker? Surely, we cannot allow this to happen. There’s enough hate for us as a club out there right now without us generating some of our own from within.
Oh for fucks sake. About the only passing move Lincoln made in the game. A game in which they were outplayed by bottom of the league. This love affair with Lincoln is getting ridiculous. The media will cover anything atm as long as it’s somehow related to Lincoln or the Cowleys https://t.co/DN0XcmbNHH
— Forza Notts (@box_2box) February 7, 2019
Two years ago we faced a torrid time in February and early March before turning things around and surging forward as one. We were united off the field, focused entirely on the task in hand. I understand the furore over the ST announcement, but are we going to let that overshadow our first serious chance of lifting a Football League title trophy since 1976? Are we going to let a seething anger at a perceived injustice detract from the task in hand at the club we love?
I believe (aside from trolls and fishermen) that the posts on social media are born from a passion for us to do well, but that can’t just be expected of Danny and the players. He tells us so often how important we are that some forget. Some want to shoot this influential manager down, who knows why. We’re not all Tom Duggan though, are we? We don’t all revel in acting up on the internet and making an infamous name for ourselves.
I get the dissent, I understand where people are angry about the ST announcement but would you let that get in the way of supporting the team, through thick and thin? I’ve been going to Sincil Bank for over 32 years now and this is the closest we’ve ever come to finishing top of one of the four divisions in the Football League.
We could play Ipswich next season as equals. It was out big day out two years ago, a match that fans were attracted to based on stature. We could be the same division as them, as well as maybe Sunderland, Charlton, Bolton, as well as being given a stab at finally being the Pride of Lincolnshire.
You want that? Yeah? Me too.
Put down the keyboard, put aside the ST anger and get right behind the lads this weekend and next. When things don’t go well, fuck it. Sing, shout and cheer, let the lads know that there’s a belief in the stands and a desire amongst supporters to see them get over the line and become a third-tier side next season.
Let Danny know you love him and let the club know that despite the faux pas, despite the outpouring on negativity on social media, that deep down you still love them too. You still bleed red and white, you still hurt when they hurt.
Most of all, lets come back together as one and rediscover what made us great.
We are Imps and once more, it’s our time to shine. This journey can only be stopped from the inside and I don’t think we’re about to let that happen.