United travel to Lisburn Distillery tomorrow in their last match of this campaign, a campaign which promised so much, but delivered so little. It's fitting that our league campaign should finish with a trip to Ballyskeagh, one of the most miserable grounds to watch a match, the terracing and stand are too far away from the action and to make matters worse they have a dog track as well. Our manager Glenn 'Spike' Ferguson has been trying to encourage spectators to keep following right on to the last kick the season, but as far as we can see all his persuading has just fell on deaf ears. We are undefeated in our last eleven games, Omar says he can't remember the last time we went anything like that, but still our fickle fans have deserted us. Cast your mind back to that day in August last year when United gave a master class in finishing and chalked up a 4-1 victory and led the league only to fail in the next match.
We can't say it has been easy to follow United this season, but that is nothing new, it's never been easy in all our time as Sky Blue fans, but we 'follow' anyway. We are willing to take a gamble tomorrow and say, we'll have no more spectators than we had at that first match in August 6 and we've come on leaps and bounds since then. They may not be the same fans, a few of them have deserted the cause and gone to watch that savagery that goes under the name of sport, Rugby, but they'll still be a hard core that are all true United followers, you could say Sky Blue Dreamers, but we prefer to say 'dyed in the wool' United men. What of team news we hear you ask and the only thing we were able to glean tonight is, that Dwayne Nelson is unavailable (stag do) and thirds team keeper, McCauley Cairns is called up for his debut. Keeper's making their debut for United often flatter to deceive and we fervently hope that Cairns has a good match and is not on the receiving end of a big scoreline. What can we say about the rest of line-up, we expect it to be on the usual lines and that means Cutch will definitely start his 89th game in succession and his 90th overall, a remarkable feat and he scores goals as well.
We are saddened by his departure, but maybe he saw the 'writing on the wall' and thought we will never have a team where our board was not going to fight 'tooth and nail' for our players rights and some of our fans only turn up to games if there's not something better to do. One fan even missed the Dungannon game on Easter Tuesday because he was going to watch Liverpool at Burnley (correction Blackburn but they sound the same to us), we at 'Sport were there and we're glad to a man we were there. You can watch that on 'you tube' (what a perfect name for those armchair supporters), but believe us it's not the same as seeing it as it happens. There's a few players playing for contracts next season and two of these are Jay Costello and Ally and it seems Costello needs Ally to get a contract in order to give him a lift for he claims it wouldn't be worth his while travelling up on his own. With so many rumours being bandied about just now, it's hard to decipher the truth from downright lies and we'll just have to wait and see. For the last time this season, come on United, especially for the die-hards who follow you through thick and thin, let's shag those lily Whites!