Sadly the answer to your question is a resounding Yes. In this recent saga we have seen all the worst of English grass roots football. People who have lost sight of the fact that football is a sport; and whose interest is simply win at all costs. Players showing no club loyalty, not even for the few months of a season, and playing for the highest bidder. Managers capable only of buying a succession of what they hope will be impact players; and incapable of using coaching skills to develop a team. Fans with a tribal mentality thinking of matches as pitched battles - overlooking the fact that players have and will continue to happily switch sides according to where they think they will get the most money and/or medals. Managers inciting players and fans by using phrases like "seige mentality". Players behaving like the afternoon match is warm-up for the late night fight after a few bevvies. Administrators trying to do all they can to gain advantages off the field of play. And now you are wondering whether this a swipe at Arlesey as sour grapes. Not at all both clubs are as bad as each other. Shame on you both. And of course some you will be saying that I'm out of touch and that HTFC and ATFC are no worse than others, justifying yourselves with "That's the way the game is now." And it is precisiely that attitude which will prolong this sad state of affairs, and ensure that England will not a be a force in world football for many years to come. On a positive note it was comforting to hear that the tie was settled by a goal from one of the few honest players out there. Arlesey fans have been rightly lauding their least merceneary player as one of their all-time greats. Well done Stuart!
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