Colin Gordon has hailed the “brilliant” Kidderminster Harriers fan-base for holding its nerve so well as the club gears up for the thrill and action of the play-offs next week.
After a tumultuous season last time around despite a strong finish, Harriers cleared the decks and built from scratch in the summer.
In that sense it’s a remarkable achievement that boss John Eustace, his staff and players have managed to steer the club into the promotion shake-up at the climax of what has been a gruelling campaign.
The Chairman has been speaking ahead of the semi-finals that take place next week and admits: “It will be a great experience for us all but it’s tough on the nerves!
“It’s nice to have the fans involved at the end of the season in something like this – it gets the town talking.
“It gives everybody a buzz; this is why you play the sport and support your team, for [times] like this.”
Colin’s highest praise was for the Harriers supporters who turned out in numbers to renew and buy Season Tickets for the next season.
A ringing endorsement of what they’ve seen in 2016/17, more than 520 have snapped up their tickets for the next turn of the big wheel.
But the shadow of the play-offs looms large as it stands between now and then – and Colin hailed the Aggborough faithful for how they’re handling it.
“It’s phenomenal – and I have met a lot of the people coming in to buy their Season Tickets and their message is the same,” he said of the support and sales.
“It gives you a thrill to have a chat with them when they come in to buy – they are enjoying what they’re seeing; we’ve won 14 of the last 15 home games and played football the like of which has not been played here before.
“The biggest thing is the patience they’ve shown through the season; they understand our style of football better.
“When they’re probably as nervous and frightened as I am, they are keeping their emotions in check and staying supportive of the season.
“They’ve been brilliant.”
This coming Saturday the regular season ends with the visit of a buoyant Bradford Park Avenue outfit to Aggborough.
They’ve had a strong end to the campaign and will be keen to ensure Harriers don’t enter the play-offs on a high.
The Chairman said he expects a big turnout this coming weekend, adding of the Harriers supporters: “I’ve no doubt they’ll come in vast numbers and will get behind the team.
“They have been brilliant all season -I know that’s a throwaway line when you see people interviewed and say ‘the fans are great’ and I’ll throw a bone to the fans so they’ll like me – I don’t care if people like me, I’ll say it how it is – they have been great this season.
“If things don’t work out, we’ll all be bruised and disappointed but I’d expect them to get behind us again because they absolutely believe in what we’re trying to achieve.”