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From the Boardroom - fighting talk from Sophie McGill
From the Boardroom - fighting talk from Sophie McGill

Extract from City's match programme on 13 April

Good evening to everyone and welcome to the directors, players, staff and supporters of Bury Football Club.


Tonight is another big game for the Minstermen in our fight for Division Three survival. Every game seems to be big these days, and it is important we show the team the support they need to get those vital last few points.


Our recent run of games has been frustrating for us all and has brought us anxiety and disappointment. But lets put our situation into perspective. At the start of the season the mission statement for the Club on and off the pitch was survival. We were not under any illusions and everyone was aware this season would be very tough. It was our amazing start with four straight wins and then our play-offs hopes up until February which raised everyones expectations, and gave us all that sweet smell of success.


It is easy for us all as fans to criticise Chris and Lee and blame them for our recent bad run, but lets just think about the difficult circumstances they have had to work under and specifically the financial restrictions which have been imposed on their player budget. Our management team have been working with a budget one third of last seasons and probably one fifth of the season before. Despite this, they have succeeded in attracting talented players and I believe it is not a lack of ability, but a lack of confidence which has put us in our current predicament.


Criticism and negative comments at this stage are only counter-productive. It is positive attitudes and belief in the team which will lift the players and get the results we all want so badly. Look at the Harrogate Minstermen in the Popular Stand during the Macclesfield game. Even when we were 2-0 down they did not lose faith and continued to encourage the team until the very end.


We have all been through so much over the past two years. The football world wrote us off as another lower league casualty, but we did not give up. We have achieved the impossible rescuing this club from the brink of extinction and we have achieved the impossible securing Bootham Crescent as our long term home. We now face another hurdle we must overcome, the fight to stay in the Football League. We are a supporter owned football club, which means we are in this fight together.


Remember, yet again the vultures are circling and waiting for us to fail and lie down and die. Lets be positive, prove them all wrong and lets fight to the end to make sure we succeed.


Keep the faith and please believe.

 
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