With Halloween rapidly approaching I thought I'd raid my memory banks to recall some of Sutton United horror shows. Hopefully this post wont be a bad Omen for this weekend's clash with Evesham.
Of course everyone has their own best and worst moments of following their team whether it's Manchester United, Crystal Palace, AFC Wimbledon or Paul Doswell's amber and brown army. I haven't prepared for this in the slightest, but these are just a selection of matches that spring to mind. They're in no particular order, apart from the first one, perhaps.
Kingstonian 6 Sutton United 0 This was the FA Trophy semi-final second leg in 2000, it was nicely set up at 1-1 after the first match and Us supporters across the land had high hopes of a Wembley return. However, we submitted without so much as a whimper. I followed this match from the comfort of my living via BBC Teletext as, thankfully, I couldn't make the game. It could've been worse, I might have followed the game on Clubcall.
Sutton United 0 Wycombe Wanderers 4 Another FA Trophy semi-final second leg (1994), another submission without a whimper. Having won the first leg at Adams Park 3-2 Us' supporters across the land had high hopes of a Wembley return...you get the picture...
Runcorn 5 Sutton United 1 This classic away day to forget was from 1990, I think. Canal Street was not a happy hunting ground for Sutton. If only I had remembered this when my so-called pals talked me into driving up to Merseyside that day. Can't remember much about it, although I think we celebrated Paul McKinnon's late penalty with a sarcastic showing of jubilation. I remember having a swift pint in a pub called The Masonic before the long drive back south...we got in at midnight or thereabouts. Shame the Linnets went by the wayside, they were a decent old lot.
Yeading 4 Sutton United 1 We got absolutely spanked by the then London Spartan League side in an FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie. It was truly awful, especially as Sutton were taking their first tentative steps into the big bad world of the GM Vauxhall Conference at the time. The mere mention of Yeading's name sent Sutton fans running for the hills in the years that followed.
Bishop Auckland 2 Sutton United 1 Crikey, this was a bad one. It was an FA Trophy replay, I think in the Second Round. We were riding on a crest of a wave having done the dirty on Coventry and, despite drawing with Bishop Auckland in the first match at Gander Green Lane, thanks to a late Paul McKinnon strike, we had high hopes of making it through to the next round. The thing is about having high hopes is that they exist just so that you can feel thoroughly hacked off when they don't come to fruition. I seem to recall a cracking atmosphere with 1,700 attending the replay. Anway, the upshot of it all was that we lost, it was a flippin' long coach journey back to Sutton which ended when I shut the door behind me roughly around 4.30am.
Anway, that's enough misery for the time being. If you want to contact me email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crikey, do you notice that just from that selection of matches four of the five are from FA competitions...what do we have coming up on Saturday? Come on boys, let's have a result this time, please.
With Sutton United taking to the road to play Evesham United in the FA Trophy this weekend, the biggest event happening at Gander Green Lane is of the musical variety. There's a Halloween tribute in memory of George McFall, one of the co-founders of the Boom Boom Club. The big gig takes place this Sunday.
To check out the action from Sutton's last home match with Tonbridge Angels then click here.