Hello and welcome to the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground for the final home game of the 2017/18 season and the final home league game here for Paget, as we are moving very shortly to Coles Lane. I’d also like to welcome Kev and Dom, the new Paget reporter for Switch Sport to today’s game.
April is a time for change, and with the end of the season fast approaching, everything seems to change very quickly indeed! Trophies are contested, league positions are decided, and whilst it’s entertainment for the truly neutral football fan (is there such a thing?), it can be nervy at the business end. I still have flashbacks to our final home game of last season (2016/17) and the agonising hour that Paget had to hold on to their lead against Coton Green to be sure of securing promotion to MFL Division One… it’s one of a host of memories from our time at the Trevor Brown: in fact, one of the earliest memories was from 5 years ago, and the infamous AFA Senior Cup final against Athletic Sparkhill which finished 6-5 to Paget… yes, you’ve read that right!
Sadly, it doesn’t look like Paget are about to have a similar fairy tale ending to this season: because of the poor weather earlier in the season, particularly this calendar year, a lot of teams still have to play a fair few games and inevitably, they will catch up with Paget and one team will take the coveted 8th place and a potential place in the FA Cup (OK, the preliminary stage, but all the same…) Still, we can look on a successful first season in the very tough Total Motion MFL One.
Still, we do have a big test this afternoon against Atherstone Town: earlier in the season, Paget gained a creditable draw against the currently top 5 side, and a similar result would be fantastic. If we could also take points off Littleton and Walsall Wood, then that would be even better and put icing on a very nice cake.
The lads have more than held their weight in competitive games against some of the very best teams in the division, put in some great performances, and, crucially, picked up a good number of wins. Considering that we are one of 4 teams who don’t pay players, a top half finish would be amazing. No matter what, hats off to the lads- all the players have played their part, no pun intended- and the management and staff led by Lanzi have been great too. This sets Paget in good stead for next season, as this outcome shows that we can survive in the division- and thrive!
Paget have played at the Trevor Brown for 5 seasons, and I’d like to thank everybody at Boldmere, especially Statto, for their help on matchdays, and Pauline for her catering: a daily supply for hot chocolate and cheese burgers has made Tannoy Tom a happy, if fatter, boy! It’s much appreciated ? As I said, we leave with so many good memories, and I’m sure that we’ll be back at the Trevor Brown for more games in the near future.
For more thank yous, thank you to everybody that’s supported Paget this season and come to watch our games; thank you to the players, management and fans for lots of entertainment and thank you to the Chairman for putting up with me and letting me Tannoy as only I can.