“Ring a ding ding ding
I’m going down
I’m coming around
All thoughts of sleep desert me
There is no time
Thirty minutes brings me round to her number nine”
The Stone Roses – Going Down
It could have so easily been My Way by Frank Sinatra, with the opening lines above but that was just too predictable. But next weekend Durham City could become the first team in the 9 levels of the Non-league (and league come to think of it) pyramid to be relegated. We have covered their plight in November (See Bull Durham) and how the FA effectively signed their relegation warrant back in the late summer, but the team and supporters have kept on trying their best week in week out.
The club announced today that they would not be appealing against a six point penalty given to them back in October after they fielded a suspended player under another name (out of desperation for their on field predicament I hasten to add) which means the club are now on minus 6 points. So far this season they have lost all 26 league games to date, scoring on average one goal per game and conceding four and a half.
Thanks to the demise of Kings Lynn in December, results next week mean that if Durham City lose (and current form suggests they might) and Frickley gain a point then Durham will be relegated from the Unibond Premier League.
We salute fans for their spirit, and urge you all to follow them on Twitter, dropping them a line just to say keep on going.
Thanks to the blog The66pow for the picture.