Thursday, December 31, 2009

Well it's soon going to be goodbye 2009, hello a new decade.

As all publications have that unwritten must do rule, it's time for us to look back and give a personal review of the year.

It's been a year of achievement for AFTN, if not our teams. Finally getting a blog going, growing the website and forum, being part of an award winning matchday programme and soon to launch our Canadian sister website, it's been a busy time.

For our beloved teams, it hasn't been so good.

East Fife have struggled and show no signs of stopping this for the foreseeable future.

Hope had been high at the start of last season of building on the success of our first Championship in 60 years. By the start of this year we'd soon realised that it wasn't going to be built upon and in fact all the good work of the previous season looked like being undone. We lost our Chairman and with it his money and the money of his contacts, we lost our manager who was playing terrible football, we lost all hope of promotion or even reaching the playoffs. It was a shambles.

A new manager and new younger faces on the pitch couldn't stop the slide and the horrible inconsistancy of our performances week in, week out is driving fans mad.

As we leave a bad year, we can only hope the new one will bring out the best in the team and we're not left in a relegation dogfight, or worse still, back in the basement. The other nightmare scenario is that we are the only Fife team not to be in Division One next season.

On the other side of the pond, Vancouver Whitecaps had inconsistancy themselves. Poor results and infighting left them struggling to make the playoffs, or that's how it looked midseason. An amazing turnaround and some amazing games saw them reach their second successive Championship game but back to back Championships couldn;t be returned and it was all left a bit flat come the season end.

Now, facing the uncertainty of what League they'll play in next season, looking back on the Caps season is still overshadowed by Frog-gate, aka the Canadian Championship debacle, but let's save that for tomorrow.

Scotland failed to impress on the national stage and another World Cup will pass us by. I'm starting to forget what it's like to follow them in a worldwide tournament. The Scottish game needs taken by the scruff of the neck and rebuilt from the bottom up. Whether that will happen or not under new boss Craig Levein is anyone's guess.

So that's our personal take on 2009 summed up. Depressing to read, more depressing to type! It's not a year we'll miss, so let's just sweep it under the carper and wait for the bells to hopefully ring in a cracking decade of joy and success.

Happy New Year everyone.

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