A view from the Blue Seats
By Alex Warner
Here’s a quick snippet of our No 1 fan Alex!
Anyway, back to this campaign and it’s a cliché oft said about the Premier League, but it could apply to the Southern Premier South – ‘there’s no easy fixtures’. All of the West Country teams are strong – they tend to draw in wider catchment areas, where there’s less competition and are well
established at our level and they’re so used to dealing with long journeys for away games that they’ve mastered it, whereas for us locals, the fatigue factor seems greater. Closer to home and the likes of Metropolitan Police benefit from an (pardon the pun) orderly administration which no doubt
comes with being a ‘works team’, even if none of their players are Plod. Hendon are a traditional big non-league outfit, so too Harrow Borough, whilst Chesham have always had a decent size support. Beaconsfield are probably the closest to us in terms of stature, support and more limited experience at our level, but they’re already surpassing expectations this season. There really are no games where you could confidently predict getting 3 points. The challenge is exacerbated by four clubs
going down this season too! However the next few weeks pan out, it’s fair to say we’ve already surprised a few. There was an interview in the Non-League Paper at the weekend where the manager of one of the promotion
favourites, Taunton Town, suggesting we had a decent budget this season. It was a shame that the paper couldn’t spell our name correctly, though – calling us ‘Waltham Casuals’. I think this surprise at our perceived budget and then the inability to spell the wonderful town in which we reside, is a
bit typical of a sense that we represent the unglamorous side to our division. I recall a few years ago a non-league fans forum debating the strengths and merits of teams in our league and the discussion
focused on whether they could raise themselves to perform on “a cold November Tuesday night in front of one man and his dog at Walton Casuals”. Denigrate or condescend us all you so wish
because Galey’s Dream continues unabated and this small-time club in orange on the banks of the river have more than a few surprises in store as the season continues. Probably the biggest surprise might be for the missus to actually set foot inside the confines of The Home of World Football. Maybe, just maybe. Come on you Stags!
See you at the game everyone! 🟠⚫️🦌💯💥