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Did a bit of tidying up last night and came across my programme for the famous Torquay game (they must have given them away, I am far too tight to have bought one)
A couple of things struck me, none of them rocket science to be fair.
1) this happened less than two years ago. It feels far far longer ago, almost a different age. Two years ago rather than moaning about whether or not we would make the playoffs again and maybe missing out on another trip to Wembley, we were worrying about the very existence if the club. An incredible transformation.
2) Torquay themselves offering a sobering warning as to what almost happened. They have teetered on the edge of extinction. On Saturday while we were playing Bristol, they were playing Bognor. Next season they will have league games against Maidenhead and Concord Rangers (?). Would our club have survived this?
3) the back of the programme listed each teams full squads. We had 28 players, Torquay 29. This year we would be struggling to name 20. How times change.
4) two years on, just three of those 28 players have been contracted to us throughout. One more has gone and returned, one then on loan signed for us, one more on loan has gone, returned on loan, gone again, returned on contract and been loaned out and another gone returned to us on loan and now presumably gone again. The other 21 (75% of the squad on that day) are no longer related to the club. One or two have gone upwards, one or two still knock around the lower levels, the vast majority have disappeared. A remarkable turnaround in playing staff.
As I said nothing new here, but made me at least reflect a little bit.