Supporting Grimsby Town turns out to be the perfect preparation for following the World Cup. We are almost unique in being fully psychologically prepared.
Getting a good goal early but then giving away a stupid or easy goal and ending up with a draw? The most common story for the first part of last season.
Having a ‘must win’ game against a weak opponent but not even ‘turning up’ on the day? The constant experience through the middle of last season.
Reduced to intricate calculations about unlikely combinations of results which just might make things alright? The major preoccupation of the last part of last season.
For the rest of the country this may be an agonising trauma, but for us it is simply our normal way of life.