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Reasons to be cheerful?

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Alan King, Barry Dyson
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It may still be too early to predict how the season will finish, but if you are looking for stats to give us hope, here are a few. They are all in contrast to last season.

1. Our home record, in terms of points dropped, is the best in the league. We have more home games left than any of our rivals except Dag & Red.
2. We have only lost to good teams. Six of our defeats have been to sides currently in the top nine. The other was to Sutton United, who are obviously no mugs.
3. Although our record against our promotion rivals is much worse than last season, we have only three games left against teams in the top six and two of those are at home.
4. After mid-March, the highest-placed team we play is Aldershot Town.
5. At the current rate, if we maintain the average form over the whole season, we will get about 89 points, usually enough to secure the championship.
6. Finishing on 89 points will not be enough for automatic promotion if Lincoln City carry on at the present rate. However, Lincoln's run-in is tougher than ours and they have the distraction of the FA Cup.
 

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Maybe they should pin this up in the dressing room :cool:

I think this basically says we have to finish top and forget about the playoffs.

With the competition for places I do think we'll finish the season stronger. We just have to hope Lincoln stutter a little and with their run in and cup distraction there is hope!
 
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It may still be too early to predict how the season will finish, but if you are looking for stats to give us hope, here are a few. They are all in contrast to last season.

1. Our home record, in terms of points dropped, is the best in the league. We have more home games left than any of our rivals except Dag & Red.
2. We have only lost to good teams. Six of our defeats have been to sides currently in the top nine. The other was to Sutton United, who are obviously no mugs.
3. Although our record against our promotion rivals is much worse than last season, we have only three games left against teams in the top six and two of those are at home.
4. After mid-March, the highest-placed team we play is Aldershot Town.
5. At the current rate, if we maintain the average form over the whole season, we will get about 89 points, usually enough to secure the championship.
6. Finishing on 89 points will not be enough for automatic promotion if Lincoln City carry on at the present rate. However, Lincoln's run-in is tougher than ours and they have the distraction of the FA Cup.
Excellent post.
 
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Bobby Hutchinson
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Good bit of research BBTC.
Sandgrounders beating Lincoln last day of the season to stay up and handing us the title would be some finale.
Lincoln must have ridden their luck by now. Surely a blip is due? Hopefully we're just over ours.
 
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It's not that simple with FGR. Ecotricity is also owned by Dale Vince and the football club get Ecotricity a good deal of publicity and presumably business. Though I wouldn't switch to them, precisely because of the association with a current rival. Probably when Mr Vince ceases to have involvement with the electric company that FG fans should start to worry.
 
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Back to this thread. We are now three points behind Lincoln with the same number of games played - but they have three games left at home and four away; we have five at home and just two away. We have only two games against teams in the top half (FGR and Aldershot) and we have not lost to a team outside the top twelve (except Sutton on their plastic pitch). Lincoln's opponents are tougher on paper. I still rate Lincoln as favourites, but only just.
 
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I just hope that even if we don't catch them, the current feel good factor continues and we enter the play offs in good form and good spirits.

Need to start scoring some more goals though as we wont keep clean sheets in every game and the next 2 matches should provide an opportunity.
 
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Great post Sparky and some great memories in there. 35 goal Ian Muir....I'd love to have him in the side now partnering Cookie, he'd have a field day!!
 
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Love it, Sparky. Definitely a reason to be cheerful.

Incidentally, I just read my original post on this thread. I forecast we'd get 89 points and that could win us the league. We ended up with 95 and were effectively still five points short. But, my reasons to be cheerful this season are a full season of Micky and no Lincoln and no Cowleys this time.
 
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Great video Sparky.

Watching the early footage it reminds you just what a great player Ian Muir was, creating goals as well as scoring them. A 'number ten' before the term had even been invented.

I remember videoing the Exeter highlights in 1987, as it was the first time I had ever seen us on television.
 
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The Villa game will always be magical for me. I was about 14, in the family enclosure which was packed. Couldn't believe we were beating such a big club and going to a cup final.

Sadly it never materialised...

Watching that was bittersweet as it shows just how low we've gone