Yes, we're used to it though, actually we're a different animal now so the players will just be local part timers so maybe not.You get used to it, very quickly. Actually I think some of us (myself included) have been a bit guilty of forgetting sometimes that these lads do have a day job!!
Damn, the reality of where we end up will be hard to comprehend, fitting training in around Fred the factory worker's shifts. No disrespect to the teams that do this year in year out but a massive culture shift for us dropping to part time
Having watched many a Chester player masquerade as full time 'professionals' for about 20 years I was quick to appreciate how talented some of the part time lads are in the NPL.
As for the culture shift, well, home games for us these last two years have been pretty much the same. Except now there's more people in the crowd and the football is better. Yes, away days did seem a bit different at first but overall highly enjoyable - as our large away followings suggest. Use of social clubs, friendly locals (such as NLZ's own Daz M ) and clubs determined to make an occasion of your visit.
Sound like a broken record here but you'll honestly have a great time.
Thanks, nice comments there, you've been where we are and come back much stronger, let's hope we can do the same, I am looking forward to getting back to basics in a way but it's mixed feelings for me as you probably went through.
I've no doubt some of the players at this level are good enough to play higher up the pyramid but they've got the best of both worlds in a sense, a full time wage and a couple of hundred a week football money, why risk that for the gamble of being a full time pro on less money in some cases.
I hope we can get a bit of momentum and the crowds should be decent, Shildon is very close to me so I should be able to enjoy a few jars too which I didn't do at the arena as I always drove.
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