Eye on the Terrace (No.3)

 *Archived article*

Three fans are interviewed in this New Year edition of EOTT.

Russ, who is 26, has been supporting the Diamonds since the early days. After initially just attendaing the odd game with friends, he became a regular in the ’94/’95 season. As he put it himself he had found his club, and has never looked back. He has stood in the DeBanke since the ground became segregated, but before, he had switched ends at half-time.
Alex “BartonRaz” Raspin has been going to Nene Park since December ’96, the year that the Diamonds played in the Conference for the first time, and the season when Brian Talbot took charge. For the last 7 years he has frequented the same seat in the South stand.
“Diamond Warrior” has been visiting Nene Park since 1994, and at one stage had a season ticket in the Airwair Stand. Since it closed he hasn’t had a season ticket, due to time taken up by his bowling exploits. Whenever he can visit he sits in the South Stand. He has enjoyed work experience with Radio Diamonds, and was also on the Diamond Minor Shadow Commitee.

Happy New Year to you all. In a word, 2007 was….

An underachievement…
Strange… It went from Graham Westley bringing in about 10 players (half of which didn’t get a game), to him being sacked for an inexplicable reason. After all the hype of pre-season nothing’s changed.
Still, the year has had it’s fair share of memorable moments. Your favourite?
Meeting Billy Turley at the ‘Night with the Champions’ event, and having a good old chat about the Oxford game. It was brilliant to hear his views on the oxford defence that night!
I enjoyed the short run of good home results we got. (5-0 vs. Solihul, 5-0 vs. Oxford, 3-1 vs. Macclesfield) It shows we do have what it takes to be a good side battling for promotion. If only we could play like that every week….
I would have to say the Oxford game. A match like that only comes about ever 2 or 3 seasons. Although Burton away comes a close second.
….and your worst moment?
I will have to go for the poor performance we gave at home against Histon. I was working with Radio Diamonds this day, and although that was enjoyable, the atmosphere at the game was terrible.
The Westley saga! Why he had to go I’ll never know. He had us playing football, and beating good sides. I don’t remember him headbutting anyone!
Who do you think has performed the best over the past year?
It has got to be Jacko. Without his goals we would have struggled.
Simeon. I really hope we can keep hold of him.
The only player who has really performed consistantly for me is Simeon Jackson. Woodhouse was fantastic last season but seems to have gone off the boil somewhat this term.
With play-offs now seemingly out of reach, what do you want from the team in 2008?
Passion, commitment, consistency, and some good football.
A good second half of this season, perhaps finishing one or two places off the play-offs, and some new players coming in during the transfer window who can push the current squad for positions.
I guess I just want good football for a change, it would be great to see all our players playing to their undoubted potential week in week out, rather than spazmonically displaying it like against Solihull, Oxford, and Macclesfield.
Which opposing team has impressed you the most this year?
Two clubs have impressed me the most, but for different reasons; Histon and FGR. The latter are one of the best attacking teams I have seen in a long time, which considering their league position is outstanding. Histon really play for the shirt, and really put some of our gutless players to shame.
Forest Green have impressed me, which surprised me as they haven’t been much of a threat in recent years. They looked a good footballing side when I saw them.


Who will win the BSP this season?

I think Torquay will overcome the 4 point gap during the second half of the season and overtake Aldershot. I think the Shots still have it in them to win the play-offs, though.
I think Aldershot will win it. I think Torquay will fail to go staight back up, as most teams find it hard, and I think that Stevenage will win the play-offs (although after seeing them over the Xmas period I’m not too sure now!)
Thanks to Barton_Raz, Rushdenruss and DiamondWarrior for taking part in this third EOTT.

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