MARTIN DOWEY: Why should the Boro hype go away?

Boro started the season in scintillating fashion, but performances and attendances have dropped off in recent weeks
Boro started the season in scintillating fashion, but performances and attendances have dropped off in recent weeks
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Covering Scarborough Athletic at times can be very similar to sitting on a merry-go-round.

The result may change, but, like a tired old soap opera, the plot-lines remain the same.

At a similar point last season I recall putting together a rally-cry back-page story with then-manager Rudy Funk, who was calling for more fans to come down and watch his team.

And despite Boro’s solid start to the season Tuesday night’s gate already showed signs that the supporters were starting to creep away.

A couple of results may have gone south, but surely with Boro sitting seventh and holding games in hand, there must be a little more interest than 250?

Gone now are the days when the Surfing Seadog website was packed to the rafters with what Funk brilliantly described as ‘trouserless warriors’.

The people that would go on there and slate anything and everything.

Twitter has plucked a number of these people away now, so they can make their point straight to the people who clearly can’t wait to read them.

No doubt reading things like ‘the wheels have come off’ and ‘clearly not good enough’ is a massive help.

The hype around the early part of the season wasn’t created by Boro, it was more the fans that were comparing them to Manchester City and getting out the history books.

Obviously I got involved because it is my job.

Paul Foot and Bryan Hughes played it down whenever they could because they know that at some point football will always kick you where it hurts.

In sharp contrast we all know that football fans will always get carried away.

When your team doesn’t win you hate it and can’t look at the table, but when they go on a fine run, you are suddenly walking around town in your shirt, scarf and hat.

Ask anyone in my office about my over-the-top reactions to Derby County’s up-and-down form.

Immediately voting with your feet because your team have dipped in form won’t help in the slightest.

If things follow their usual suit then I’ll be penning a story from the club in a couple of weeks threatening that the budget may have to be cut if the fans don’t return.

Surely it can’t come to that.