On December 9 I completed a whole year free from the largely abject misery of Gillingham away games. This is the first time I have gone so long between away trips since I first started venturing outside the cosy confines of Priestfield on a regular basis in the early 80’s. I’ve covered the reasons for my slide down the `loyal supporters` pecking order into the realms of `plastic` before, so I’m not going to go over the same ground again. But just to recap:-
I have lost-
The sheer joy of witnessing an away win. We achieved this 3 times (Tranmere, Chesterfield and Crewe) in my gap year
The camaraderie of being part of a group of similarly desperate individuals.
The chance to visit new and exciting stadiums (well, Swansea anyway, I’ve been to the rest!)
That sinking feeling that can only be engendered by a humiliating defeat ( 1-4 Millwall, 0-5 Carlisle,0-4 Forest,0-5 Swindon).
I have gained –
Hundreds of pounds in unwasted cash
Quality time with my family
Still, the good news is that I’m planning to visit Leyton Orient on New Years Day. What could possibly go wrong?!