If only Foden had been cloned…Men’s league is tough. It takes someone outside of the club “usually” to push it as a passion project.
It’s rare nowadays for kids to feel attached to their club after youth. Especially with the modern day BCSPL where kids change teams on a whim. Little Johnny isn’t starting or the coach is mean. Not to mention the club taking in players from other clubs constantly, happily pushing out the ones who have been there for 10 years and paying thousands. I don’t think many kids care about coming back and playing for their “club” in men’s.
I went and watched two Surrey United games and they had called up 3-4 youth players in one. To hear them on the sideline was nuts. 30 min in the game bitching to their parents, they call me up and aren’t even playing me this is a joke. One took off his gear at half and watched with his friends from outside the fence. The other bitched and talked shite for 60 min. Ran onto the field and said “watch this” with 30 left. Proceeded to do nothing.
I remember just being honoured to be called up and bust my ass for 20min. Then think how cool it was to be in the room and be handed a beer by a guy that seemed like my dad. Times are different and when you get a group that’s good and has their shite together enjoy it. Be thankful for the guys pushing to make it work and run.