Fans column: AND so it has come to that time in the season when I just can’t stomach to write about events on the pitch.
We have to go back eight games for the last win by the red men - a 2-1 victory at home against Rotherham United.
Last Saturday, Hereford wasn’t a low point because as the game unfolded it just felt like we would lose. It did’'t really hurt, we weren’t particularly bad and Hereford certainly weren’t good. We just lost . . . again. And the only suitable remedy at the end of the game was mixing strong lager and good friends and forgetting 90 minutes of football.
I looked for inspiration for this column and quickly my thoughts turned to the die-hard Accrington Stanley fans.
I hate writing "doom and gloom" and so it is fitting that, as the players get ready for their holidays, we focus on our performance this season in the stands and on the terraces both home and away.
On Saturday, despite the terrible run of form, it felt like carnival day.
The sun was shining and faces were smiling in the pubs before the game. The cub bar was jam packed with sponsors and supporters and there was friendly banter with the away crew in the Crown.
Then on the Clayton End, the "Ultras" supporters had decked the terrace with red and white flags and a banner that proclaimed "Proud, passionate and noisy-in good times and bad!" and it summed up the mood. The ground was buzzing; noisy and jovial.
And lets face it, we have all been to grounds where the home team is on a terrible run and it is a miserable place to be. Fans on the backs of the players, nervous anticipation and a little fear and dread in the eyes of all who attend.
Not at Stanley, as in the main, supporters are realistic.
I remember going to Grimsby last season and there was a special discount and more than 6,000 "Mariners" turned up. Yet, because of the run they were on, the ground was eerily quiet and the away crowd from Accrington were in their element.
Three points was gained via a Chris Turner cross and a Michael Symes header. That day, I swear that the crowd not getting behind the team cost them points.
On Saturday, even though we lost, the supporters did their bit. Maybe it didn’t inspire but at least we can look ourselves in the mirror knowing we did what we could. That was equally evident during the tax scandal as fans rallied round the fund raising. This was despite many having serious issues regarding how we got in the mess and who was to blame.
As the drums pounded and the horns and whistles blew around the ground on Saturday, I was proud of every man, woman and child in that stadium. Special people supporting a special club. Proud, defiant, committed and passionate. I salute you all and look forward to more good and bad times in the future following this fine football club.
Stanley fans home and away this season, despite all the financial troubles, have been superb and long may it continue. I am biaised but think we have easily been the best League Two fans and many forums agree.
In the immediate future, we have an away game with Crewe Alexandra.
There will be much wrote in the preview of the last time at Gresty Road in 1962. Stanley were slaughtered 4-0 in a game which subsequently was the last in the Football League till we tipped up at Chester in 2006.
Traditionally, Stanley fans have always done a League game in Fancy Dress and eerily, the Fancy Dress event has been designated as tomorrow.
It will be quite a different Stanley support to the one who travelled in 1962. Unless Captain Caveman, Elmo andthe Wicked Witch of the West was following Stanley at that time (which I doubt).
Watch out for the pictures and stories, this game is always a highlight in the social calendar.
On our return to Accrington, there is also a disco and karaoke in the crown for anyone who wants to join in the fun and can’t make the game.
Fingers crossed, we should play Barnet at home on Tuesday in the League at last. After having snow, ice and water postpone this game in the past, what is the betting on a freak volcanic ash cloud descending on the Crown on Tuesday? Lets hope not.
So grab the Snow White or Bananaman outfit and head to Crewe, I will be on Gresty Road in between Spiderman and Bo Peep.
See you at the game
STRICTLY COME STANLEY