Date:Friday August 29 2014
For all Bulls fans the feeling of trepidation is not an unusual experience. Normally of course it would surround some kind of impending football clash, an FA Cup tie, a promotion or relegation battle, or maybe just the normal feeling of ''butterflies'' and excitement.
There are though trepidation's that visited once is enough, twice is quite sickening, third, fourth and fifth is quite beyond the average persons ability to cope with.
The thought of a trip to the Dentist when you know you are going to have a filling is enough to get your brain to recreate the sound of the dreaded drill long before the inevitable ''open wide please'' request is finally heard.
Well. the equivalent in footballing terms is hanging over the Bulls fans with yet another appearance in Court now only days away.
There are factors though that can make these situations far worse than they need to be, like a recurring nightmare you thought you had woken up from, false hope being one of them. The assurance that this appointment will be avoided is probably the most cruel.
Everyone new that the appointment looming would have to be attended, the hope though had been that it would only have been a formality with ''no further work required'' being the outcome.
This though appears not to be the case for Bulls fans, who having suffered enough sickening weekends awaiting an uncertain verdict on their club already, are it seems about to have to go through it all again.
The forums are rife with rumour and counter rumour. The vacuum created by the lack of solid reassurance from the club is creating a massive hole into which is rushing speculation of every kind imaginable. The resulting schism between those desperate to see the existing club survive and those convinced that ditching the lot and starting again is the only option, becomes widened and more hostile.
The new owners have every right to pursue their business in any manner they choose, after all they are the ones with the cheque book open and more importantly the obligation to pay the bills, none of which were run up by them, and a fact that is being lost is that they have already paid out large sums to a number of creditors.
Commercial sensitivities don't help either, especially when sponsors are a massive part of any businesses income stream.
Taking a step backwards, which frankly living at a distance from the club I am glad I can do, the signs are that, although we all want swift and obvious resolutions to this situation, Monday will see the culmination of a strategy by the owners that will see a successful attempt at rescuing the Bulls (HUfc 1939) from the abyss.
Considering the efforts and costs so far involved no reasonable person would deny them a congratulatory pat on the back should this be achieved. Not only that, the new team that is emerging also have to be taken into account, and they have some gifted young players already. We need to spare a thought for them.
There are indications that even if it does all fall apart on Monday an alternative may be available, a phoenix club, a new start, but and it is a big but, the route to that outcome may well be a much more difficult one than many imagine, particularly when it comes to bringing back the standard of football Bulls fans demand.
So, here we are another Friday before another Rubicon Court date, another weekend of uncertainty. Frankly, speaking for myself, I am worn out, I am sure many Bulls fans can relate to this feeling as well as what I am saying.
I am fortunate, I have spoken personally to Andy Lonsdale, and in spite of suggestions to the contrary, I find him to be an amiable and straightforward man, as determined as any long suffering Bulls Fan to see an end to this saga and get on with getting the club back to where it should be.
I will shout myself hoarse tomorrow, no question of that, the Bulls are my tribe, who I will support through thick and thin, I just wish I could do it without the knot in my stomach.
So, all things said, without the succour of a belated ''all clear'' to rely on, the only thought to cling to is, roll on Tuesday!!.
Date:Friday August 29 2014
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End Game at Bulls. (Saturday November 8 2014)
Andy Lonsdale statement. (Wednesday November 5 2014)
Bulls win at Totton. 2-1. (Saturday November 1 2014)
Match Day. FA Carlsberg Trophy. (Saturday November 1 2014)
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Public enquiry called for. (Wednesday October 29 2014)
Bulls finally show true form. (Wednesday October 29 2014)