Putting my director of football hat on I would always say that you can never compare the importance of something like the FA Vase with promotion in the league…but then what do I know?
But then you play in it; you win a game, then two more and before you know it, the Wembley arch starts to loom into view, not least because you know that, unlike the FA Cup, anyone that you might be drawn against between now and the final in May are, given a fair wind and a good hand dealt by the vagaries of fate, teams that on your day you can beat.
As D of F I look at it rationally, take everything in game by game and list priorities while planning for the long term before suddenly becoming the childlike fan that knows his team are just seven games from Wembley and with as much chance as anyone else of getting there.
Am I excited about the prospect of Sun Sports visit in the FA Vase tomorrow (Sat 3.00pm)? What do you think? Not half!!
What we have shown over the last couple of weeks is that we can deal with just about everything that anyone can chuck at us, but unfortunately we have also demonstrated, to our cost, a lack of consistency.
A great opening half against Cockfosters when we did everything but score, was scuppered by a second period that was as poor as the first had been excellent.
A lack of experience perhaps cost us and tomorrow’s cup match against a Sun Sports side that will be fired up, ready for action and living the dream every much as we are, will be the perfect opportunity for us to bounce back.
The following Tuesday we resume league duties when we welcome St Margaretsbury before locking horns again with Sun Sports who we will visit on Saturday.
And then on the Sunday (20) it all becomes a bit surreal when we welcome the internet sensation that is Hashtag United to Second Meadow for a friendly match.
This is a side that played in front of 25,000 people at Wembley and one that has gained its reputation on sites like Youtube where the sort of audiences they get runs into the millions.
Expect to see yours truly, our Chairman, Chris Lewis and former Chelsea man Quique de Lucas all strut our stuff in front of professional cameras a la ‘Match of the Day’ complete with, previews, interviews, commentary, analysis, etc and all in a good cause, namely the Football Beyond Borders charity that we are so proud to be associated with.
Both Hashtag United and ourselves are sponsored by Top Eleven and we all share a passion for the beautiful game and a belief that it should be afforded the same seriousness, commitment and respect, irrelevant of the standard at which it is played.
The story of Biggleswade United and the profile of our club grows by the day.
We are now also inviting Biggleswade United youngsters that would like to study for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport to trial for the Elite Development Programme we have in place with Stevenage FC .
Initial trials take place on November 26 at the Marriots School Sport Centre at Stevenage. Watch this space next week for further details.
But first it’s time to get the hat and scarf out and see what we can do about getting one step closer to Wembley.
See you there.