Come on you Reds!
After a 42 game season the table rarely lies. Boro have to face reality. We have skirted with the relegation zone for most of this century. We have never been well supported even in our "heyday" of the early 1980's. Hereford have just won the Southern League South & West division with an average home gate of 2821! whilst in the same division Salisbury's average was 696 and Taunton 425. It is imperative that Boro's hierarchy must now decide in which direction they perceive the future of the club lies.
Pedants' corner: it's 46 games.
Hereford isn't a fair comparison really, is it? Salisbury's is what they got last year in their title procession and it's not much higher than some past seasons. I glanced at the gates for the SSW division a few weeks back. The only thing that struck me was Tiverton, who've had a good season, having 260. That's a heck of a lot less than they got 10-15 years back when 600 was the norm, though it is seemingly up from 200 last term. Nothing else looked impressive, with the possible exception of Taunton - a club I know shag-all about.
A better yardstick would be the "Jez We Can!" / Tuscany / Up the 'RA / Brigate Rosse / Save the Gay Whales / Free Gaza / "Right-thinking" / Beardie-Weirdie bunch who will hopefully get stuffed by Enfield Town tomorrow night.
Borough possibly got a few more points than the budget strictly merited and finished about where the budget said they would, having overachieved slightly for quite a while.
As for the direction the club is going, well, that's the same direction as almost all London non-league clubs and most non-league clubs in large conurbations: precisely nowhere if they are lucky. Struggling to tread water is the zenith of just about everyone's ambitions.... unless some deranged loon or socially dysfunctional oddball, with far more money than sense, arrives to "invest" in the club.
Edited by Alan A at 14:55:23 on 26th April 2017
If you get a transfer to the Southern League you'd join the Central Divn not the South & West, so Hereford, Salisbury, Taunton etc. gates are not really relevant.
The Central Div. would give you a good number of local derbies plus Aylesbury and Aylesbury Utd (playing at Chesham next season), making travel to the away games easier and boosting the gates.
In my opinion that would be much better for Harrow Borough than the Isthmian Div 1 North.
I am still hoping Borough may get a reprieve, having the best points per game ratio of the relegated clubs. That could happen if there is an enforced relegation or denied promotion incident elsewhere.
The future ? I suspect that the height of ambition for Clubs like Harrow would be National Conference South plus the odd good cup run.