MARTIN DOWEY: Rollercoaster ride of covering your local football club

Sports desk comment
Sports desk comment

A much more positive vibe has been eminating from Scarborough Athletic this week.

The results have returned to boost the league position and after a chat with chairman Dave Holland earlier in the week, things off the park seem to be looking upbeat.

As a reporter I obviously enjoy writing these positive stories, they are the ones you can pen with a smile on your face - everyone is happy.

Last season was great for me because the club was flying , the players, management team and fans were buzzing.

The 2-0 win at Brighouse that all-but wrapped up promotion was probably one of my favourite matches since I started covering the town’s senior club in 2003.

That has quite a few games to compare to as well, such as Boxing Day wins against York City, FA Cup clashes against Chelsea, Doncaster and Port Vale and plenty of others.

There are two sides to my job though. One day everything is sound at the club and everyone is joyous, then sometimes things change.

I am a reporter from the Scarborough News and not the club’s publicist, so if results go from plain sailing to more troubled waters, we obviously have to change our tack.

As much as I would like to write flowery, rose-tinted things about an awful performance in the rain at Romulus, that isn’t what I am paid to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I want the club to do well, I want Boro to win absolutely every game they play in.

When I started covering Scarborough FC they were a side challenging from promotion back into the Football League.

Quite a lot has happened since then, probably a book’s worth, but one I haven’t got around to writing yet.

Boro are on their way up at the moment. As everyone says when they join the club, Boro have ambition.

Climbing back up to former glories might be a step too far, but there is definitely scope for a fair bit more progression.

I am hoping that during that time I will still be involved. Still writing the stories, interviewing the managers, chairmen, players, fans - whoever.

But there will be twists and turns.

Unhappy players will leave, results won’t go the right way, gauntlets will be thrown down and strikers will want to be involved when they are sitting on the bench.

As much as I would like to ignore this and press on in a positive manner, the nature of my job won’t let me.

Had England lost 5-0 to Poland on Tuesday night, The Sun wouldn’t have come out on Wednesday morning describing them as being unlucky.

Let’s hope that the remainder of the Evo-Stik season goes according to plan.

At least then it will save me having my glass half-full mentality questioned.

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