Yeovil Town’s misery was compounded this weekend as they finally slipped out of the Football League after a 15-year stay.
The Glovers were a Championship side as recently as 2014, but just five years later they face an uncertain future.
Relegation from the Football League is a horrible moment for supporters, facing the realisation that nothing will be the same again. The National League is littered with former league clubs struggling to get back to where they feel they rightfully belong and even further down the spectrum there’s more evidence of the danger that lays ahead.
Whilst tears of sadness were spilled on the pitch at Huish Park, they quickly turned to anger as some of the squad were pictured out in town later that evening, seemingly without a care in the world.
The club have acted quickly and offered an apology, as have the players, but with the dismal season not yet over it seems incredibly galling that the players responsible don’t seem too bothered.
Fans have taken to Twitter to express their anger, not at the relegation but the attitudes in the immediate aftermath.
The sooner Paul Terry leaves the club the better
— Chris Fox (@Chris_Fox82) April 29, 2019
Are we meant to believe that footballers are articulate enough to produce such a statement?
— Timothy Smith (@Smokeyjoe105) April 29, 2019
I cannot believe how deluded these blokes can be – how on earth did they not think that these photos would not be posted – explain to my 15 year son who actually cried at 5pm on Saturday, their actions.
— Helen Jee (@HelenJee1) April 29, 2019
The lads involved were idiotic + Paul Terrry is an embarrassment. But they only embodied the culture running through &YTFC . Arrogant, sycophantic, detached, disengaged, lacking care + lacking respect for those who do care. If more proof were needed read your other statement back
— Paul Rendell (@RendellP) April 29, 2019
There's no way those words came from the players or Terry.
There are words with more than four letters for starters. #YTFC
— Nick Manning (@nickmann1ng) April 29, 2019
It's disgusting and a benign unfeeling apology won't do. For the first time in 42 years I will not watch Yeovil next season if any of these players are still employed there #dontgiveaflying
— Mike Dent (@GloverDent) April 29, 2019
Absolutely disgusting message sent to fans who still have relatively fresh memories of Wembley and the Championship. This group are a disgrace. Not fit to polish @Paddymadden 's poster outside the ground.
— Andy Hogben (@ChefAndyHogben) April 29, 2019