It was Bill Shankly who famously said back in the sixties: “Football is a funny old game.”
Perhaps it is not so funny for teams who hit the heights of fame and then plunge to the depths of obscurity.
Take Blackpool for example. Six years ago the Seasiders were in the Premier League. Next season they will be languishing in the depths of League Division Two. Rushden and Diamonds suffered a similar fate .There are other such examples.
What are the effects when a similar fate hits a well-known local club? Does it disband? Does it sell the ground? Does it just become a memory?
One local club looking to bounce back from a damaging spell and create its own future is Lincoln Moorlands Railway FC. SportsLinc went to talk with Director of Football Ken Oliver about his vision for the club.
Oliver said: “The status of the club is now in recovery and a rebuilding phase after the disappointment of our abrupt exit from the Northern Counties East League Division One last season.
“We have embarked on a plan to consolidate the club to a smaller group of teams allowing us to concentrate the available resources over a smaller area of population.
“Our concentration this season will be on the First Team in the Lincolnshire League, our Ladies Team in the Central Midlands Ladies League Division One North and our Under 18s in the Lincolnshire Intermediate League.
“We also hope to have a Sunday League side playing at the club.”
Oliver is very optimistic about the future of Lincoln Moorlands and added: “This will be an important season for us as we rebuild.
“We have a three year plan to follow as we structure our efforts to regain level six status in the league pyramid.
“Off the field is just as important and it is vital we have the resources in place to support the team and our ambitions.
“If we are successful in our objectives and can move our first team upwards we will increase the number of teams playing out of the club in particular a reserve side and youth teams.”
Moorlands have a plan in place for their revival and SportsLinc believes that with men like Ken Oliver at the helm the Lincoln outfit will once again establish itself firmly in the hearts of local football supporters.