To me it is a far more existential subject than merely league status.
What is the purpose of Walsall FC? What is the point of Walsall FC?
I know none of us got hooked through the promise of European glory or a plethora of silverware. So it is something that transcends glory.
For me it was about community, the little guys working together to be the best that they can be. And along the way that involved disappointment because hey, we were the underdogs, but it also involved dishing out some bloody noses, especially in that ramshackle corner of Hilary street that was our home and defined us in so many ways. Our community, our home, our club, tough as the bulldog of Staffordshire fame but with the warmest of hearts and humour. Visitors more than welcome, just don’t patronise or belittle us.
We’ve lost that. The ground doesn’t define us in any way shape or form, it isn’t ours in any case and whilst we’re still the little guys we’re not working together to be the best we can be because the fella running it has made an absolute killing on the back of what morally should be a community asset that enables the football team that represents that community. That story, the perception of that story and its symbolism hangs like a perpetual dark cloud over the place and those of us who visit it.
I’d drop as far down the pyramid as it took lose that cloud, to regain our purpose, our identity and our spirit. It would be ace if we didn’t need to drop anywhere, but I fear it may be the only way.