[dropcap]Following[/dropcap] today’s announcement that previously well-respected educationalist and author John Green intends to sully his reputation further by producing a film about the story of the Kingston lot, the footballing world is alive with speculation as to who will pick up some of the key roles.
Early reports suggest that “No Toilet Training Allowed – The AFC Kingston Story” will cover all the key moments in the club’s short history. Current football showbiz rumours suggest that the arrest and imprisonment of their first goalscorer will feature prominently, and that the film will culminate in a very long slow-motion sequence of the ball looping from Semi’s heel, over Neil Sullivan’s head and into the net at the Cowshed end.
Bookies favourites to pick up the starring roles are currently as follows:
When we talk of famous matches in our history, we talk of ‘that’ Tranmere match, securing promotion at Stockport and winning the league at Bradford. We talk of winning the JPT at Wembley, drawing at Wycombe with nine men, beating Leeds at home and we talk of the first Kingston match and the Heel of God.
Those matches have etched a place into our collective memories, and Sunday 3rd May 2015 will be a day that will live long in the memories that we are building together. Whatever happens at Stadium:MK and whatever happens in Colchester, we will talk of this match to each other, and to our friends and families for years to come.
If things go our way, then at the final whistle, we will have secured a place in the championship for next season. If things go differently, then we will be moving in to the playoffs in incredible form, and we’ll have done it by playing some of the greatest football that we’ve ever played.
If you’d told me back in August that I’d be looking back on a season where we beat the Kingston lot again, but that it would be nothing more than an afterthought, I’d have doubted your sanity. But that’s exactly what happened – this has been an incredible season.
The feeling of walking into our sold out stadium for the first time was remarkable. Seeing us use that opportunity to destroy Manchester United, and seeing us doing that playing OUR game, in front of the watching world was beautiful. Seeing the entire stadium celebrating each goal with us was sublime.
We’ve scored goals galore this season, and we’ve defended strongly, breaking records at both ends of the pitch. The points tally we’ve accrued going into the last match would have been enough for us to have already gained automatic promotion in the majority of recent seasons.
What’s most significant for me this season isn’t the numbers, however impressive they may be – for me what’s most impressive is the way that we’ve done it. I am genuinely honoured to have watched some of the football that we’ve played this season. There have been many occasions where I’ve struggled to believe that we’re a third division side – it has been beautiful, and I’ll remember it forever.
From the moment we arrive at Stadium:MK tomorrow, we have a job to do as supporters. We need to sing loud and proud from before kickoff right through to the final whistle, whatever happens in Colchester. Wherever you sit in the stadium, make sure that anyone near you who wants to sing will not be singing alone – lead the way and make some noise.
If things go our way, then we’ll party till Tuesday morning :-). If things don’t go our way, then que sera sera – we need to start our playoff campaign from the final whistle. Let the team and Robbo know how great this season has been and let them know that we are behind them.
Whatever happens – let’s puff those chests out, be proud of everything we’ve created, and the history that we’re making.
We talk about 6-0, 1-0, 2-1, 4-0 and just about everywhere inbetween. We talk about the annihilation of Colchester, the winning dirty at Sheffield United, the upcoming visit of Chesterfield in the cup and The Heel of God.
We hear from Old Bootsie, we have more from the Lexicon of Chav, we have masses of answers to the HOG Day based question of the week and even greater quantities of what people have been saying about us.
Music comes from Kasabian and The Jam, which shows just how wide our appeal is – we’re not just about the 70s and 80s you know. Except for The Jam.
The MooCamp Radio Show – it’s like National HOG Day each and every week, and it’s lovely.
There aren’t many days of the year that can be set aside for simple celebration. Even Christmas Day is becoming just like any other day for many people, but that’s not the case with Heel of God Day. Heel of God Day is the one day when all followers of the true faith (we worship you oh Franchise) can sit back and smile from the moment they wake to the second their head hits the pillow at night.
On Heel of God Day, we put aside our differences as fans, and together we remember the events surrounding that day. We remember the shameful bias against us in the media build up. We remember the dignified manner in which our club, our Supporters Association and our fans behaved during the build up to the match. We remember the silence from the media once the final whistle blew and they hadn’t got the result they wanted.
We remember the pride we had in our own fans behaviour on that day, and we remember the shameful behaviour of some of the fans from Kingston on that day. We remember the spitting, we remember the vandalism and we remember them crapping on the floor.
We remember the desperate attempts from Kingston as they sought to bribe their own fans not to attend the match. We remember them offering to buy tickets back from fans in a vain attempt to stop them attending. We remember the worst boycott in history as they brought many times their usual away following to us – the club they’d encouraged so many to boycott both before and since.
We remember their pleading with people at the concessions not to buy. We remember the vast sums taken in our concessions from the ‘fans’ who’d told the world that they weren’t going to spend any money once they got here. We remember Beavis (or was it Butthead?) appearing in every media outlet clutching the program that none of them were going to buy.
We remember the little plane with it’s rather quaint little banner that they’d spent so much cash on. We remember that even their own fans were ignoring it after the second journey overhead.
We remember Potter to Lewie to Williams to Gleeson, and the screamer from Gleeson that put us ahead. We remember Dave Martin keeping us in it at 1:1 in the 89th minute. We remember Semi running to the corner flag and winning the corner. We remember Bowditch taking the corner, it coming back out to Ismail and then Ismail putting the ball back int0 the box.
But most of all, we remember The Heel of God. We remember the elation we felt when fate looked down on us at that moment and smiled – when Jon “Heel of God” Otsemobor stuck a heel out and flicked the ball over the outstretched Sullivan and our fans erupted.