A New Year’s story for you. One to test your imagination.

Picture if you will a family in a bleak northern town, it’s winter, and times are hard. The little house they live in is damp and has a leaking roof, their car is old and unreliable, and both parents work long hours for little reward. The kids are always ill and everything is a struggle.

Far away across the world a distant great-uncle hears of their plight. He’s had a successful career and, researching family ties, now resolves to spend his retirement using his hard-earned wealth to help his newly discovered relatives.

And so the house gets renovated so that it’s warm and dry. A new car sits on the driveway. The parents have the security of savings in the bank and the children have their college years paid for. 

The old man feels rewarded for his generosity but then he hears upsetting messages. He’s told that some of the family are saying the house is too small and they should have been bought a new one. The new car isn’t sporty enough says the dad. And the additional money is good but it should have been more.

So the elderly guy decides enough is enough and reluctantly and with sadness withdraws his support. Time for the family to cope on their own, he says. And they instantly regret their ‘bite the hand that feeds’ actions. A harsh lesson is therefore learned on all sides.

It’s rare for the chairman of a football club to voice his anxiety at how some supporters have reacted to a poor run of results. Yes it’s a very small minority but the fact remains that Clive Nates came out and expressed his disappointment. I think we could all cite stuff we’ve read that has appalled us.

All he’s really asking is that the fans, who he has always rated as the most important people at Lincoln City, keep buying into the club strategies and help the team through its bad patch. One for all and all for one. Keep coming to the home games. Back our young players even if they’re struggling. Not a lot to ask after five or six exceptional years. 

That story above is of course an analogy. It might be a slightly eccentric way of illustrating recent events and, if so, then you deserve an apology for that analogy. But if that small minority could maybe think before they type in the future then hopefully we won’t be following in the footsteps of that fictional family who enjoyed the good times but ultimately took things for granted and lost out.

With thanks to the Lincolnshire Echo