From facing Frome Town to sealing FA Cup shock
The start of 2013 suggests it could be the year of the underdog.
Football must be one of the few sports where lower- ranked teams have genuine dreams of playing and indeed beating a top professional side.
The FA Cup delivered several shocks last weekend, with non-league Luton Town winning at top-flight Norwich, who were 85 places above them in the league structure. MK Dons triumphed at QPR and Brentford almost beat holders Chelsea.
I watched Oldham's thoroughly-deserved victory over Liverpool on the television. Oldham striker Matt Smith, scorer of two first-half goals, played for Redditch United – a team in Frome Town's division – not so long ago.
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Bradford City defeating Aston Villa over two legs to reach the League Cup final is another great achievement.
It makes you think that many top-flight squad players are overpaid and it shows what organisation, commitment and some skill can do to overturn the odds.
Closer to home, manager Darren Perrin is holding a fans' forum at Frome Town tonight from 7.30pm. All supporters are invited to come along and listen, and indeed ask any questions.
I know fans who attend are always impressed with the completely open and honest replies they receive from Darren. I think this is a great gesture from him and I would urge as many fans as possible to attend.
I feel sure there will be many questions about strengthening the squad for the gruelling list of fixtures to come.
The Football Pools 90-day Community Challenge is continuing with momentum. Volunteers removed the wall at the front of the stand on Monday and are stacking materials for assistant manager Derek Graham to start the rebuilding process in readiness for the all-seater stand to take shape.
The ceiling in the main hall has been removed and all unwanted wires have gone. Temporary lighting is in place for the various functions taking place.
Our popular prize bingo was able to go ahead last Friday thanks to electrician Andy Fry and a team of volunteers who cleared all the resulting debris in readiness for our event.
Anyone who can paint or can do some tiling will be particuarly required in the coming weeks, or indeed anyone who can just give up some spare time to help in general.
Please email community email@example.com or call Ian Pearce on 07811 511222 if you can help.
Frome Town host Banbury this Saturday and it has been declared a family day, which means adults bringing a child can enter for half price.
Banbury are five places above us so this is another important game. Please come along and support your local team, and indeed come and see me in the Supporters' Club cabin if you are a new fan.