Sat 13th August 2016 and the Ryman League has the big kick off whilst all the talk is about the FA Premier League. Millions of pounds spent across the country and yet one big transfer fee would transform a whole set of lower league clubs in one go. Somehow that always grinds me and doesnt seem right. Well anyway once again due to work commitments I will miss the opening day and for a few weeks yet, up until around second week in October to be almost precise. Its these times when I pray for a good FA Cup and Trophy draw and hope that we are still in at least one when I get back. Anyone who is a football fan also knows that emptiness of the close season, itching for the leagues to start and usually get bathed in sunshine on the first day. It was almost the same on Cup Final day, the sun always shone over Wembley and you didnt need the Met Office! Today Waltham Abbey travel to Bury Town in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and Im particulary peaved as I always enjoy my visits there. Having met Chairman Russell Ward and his lovely wife Karen at the Ryman League presentation night a few years back, I´d like to say we have become friends and we always put the world of football to rights after the match over a beer or two. Next week I will be fretting over the home match with Bowers and Pitsea whome we play in the FA Cup early round. the FA Cup at our level is always a big game for me. Not only can it bring much needed money into the club but in my eyes its more about the publicity it can bring to the club and the town. Apart from a magnificent church and an old mate called King Harold reputedly buried here, what else can heap publicity on the town like the FA Cup? A run to the first round would be a magnificent achievement and make people sit up and notice. Thats why I fret early part of the season. I didnt have to worry too much last year, we lost 1-0 to Welwyn Garden City in the first effort. Not a good year. So for today, good luck to all sides who are about to set out trying to achive their dreams. Remember there are always more losers than winners in football, buy hey now and again please, let us have a slice! See ya soon.