I was watching the Charlton vs Leyton Orient match on monday and i had a thought. There were many players that were showing their talents such as Jonjo Shelvey, Scott Wagstaff and Tamika Mkandawire. I then realised that what they do as lower league professionals is the best of their kind. I know some of you reading this thread will completely diagree with this, and i understand that but let me just justify my case in which i will tell you why the lower league football is the best in the world.
Number One, the leagues are a lot closer than the higher leagues. This is shown with the League One divison. PLease look at this table:
10 Brentford 26 33
11 Walsall 23 31
12 Yeovil 26 31
13 Southend 26 30
14 Hartlepool 27 30
15 Leyton Orient 26 30
16 Southampton 25 29
17 Carlisle 24 29
18 Exeter 27 29
19 Gillingham 26 27
20 Brighton 25 27
21 Oldham 25 26
Look at how closely contested the league is. 7 points seperate 12 places in the league. It is absolutely guaranteed that there will be a match between 2 of those teams. This makes a great league because it makes the league more interesting. No one wants to see a league where the places in the league are never up for grabs. That just gets boring.
Number Two, the lower league teams are NEVER gloryhunters. You have players who change clubs in the same league just because they have a better chance of winning a cup/league title. Lower league players move higher, yes but they never jump up straight to the top division to clubs like Man Utd. They want to build up their career from the bottom and advance their knowledge and general understanding of the lower league football before they believe it is time to advance.
Number Three, Everyone has to admit that there is a small section in your heart for your local team. This may not be big like me but something so small like checking their score, looking where they are in the table or even buying an occassional match ticket.
So, as a fellow lower league football supporter, i am asking for a favour. PLease can you consider your true supporter status. Are you a true Prem supporter or are you a true pedigree lower league fan.