These end of the season games, can anyone actually be bothered? Unless you are fighting for the play offs, automatic promotion or attempting to keep yourself in your respective league, what have you got to play for? Most of the players will already be thinking about their family, never mind trying to put the ball in the back of the net.
Through watching Burnley for the past 14 years, I have become accustom too this scenario. For about 85% of these seasons, these games have been a regular occurrence. In some cases my Dad and I have actually debated whether to go or not, I mean if there is nothing to play for then what is the point?
But the one reason to go is to show your support for your beloved team. Support through to the end. Clap the players round on their lap of honour and debate about the new forthcoming season and who your team should buy or sell.
However these laps of honours are also quite pointless because half of the players just look bored whilst they are ‘thanking the fans for their support’. Unless you are playing for your hometown club or have a good relationship with the fans, why would you go out of your way to thank the fans?
The fans that do turn up to these games normally experience an incredibly dull, boring atmosphere. This is quite understandable though, the fans can’t get excited and become the 12th man for their team when they have nothing to be excited about if they are marooned in mid-table. In some ways this could transfer the mood onto the pitch, making the players feel uninspired so they don’t try as much, resulting in a boring game.
Luckily for Burnley this year, we have a manager who hates to lose so even though we have nothing to play for because we are already up, he is still putting our best team out to win.
Despite this, the atmosphere at Saturday’s home game against Ipswich was dead. Even when we were handed the runners up trophy after the game, it wasn’t as lively as it should have been. Why was this? Because in most of the supporters eye’s, the season has already ended.