So how do you react when your team has lost yet again while failing to score for the fourth successive game in a part-time regional league?
That is the harsh reality York City supporters woke up to this morning – with any real prospect of an end-of-season play-off place also effectively over.
The Minstermen were already consigned to ridiculously trailing well behind the likes of neighbours Harrogate Town and Brackley Town in the final league table – and now almost certainly Chorley and Spennymoor Town, and perhaps even Bradford Park Avenue.
Exactly four years ago today, York were winning 1-0 at Oxford United while on their way to seventeen games unbeaten and the League Two play-offs under Nigel Worthington .
But the only highlight from their latest sorry encounter was one of their travelling number running onto the pitch and grabbing the ball before slamming it into the home net.
At least it gave their long-suffering faithful something to cheer about.
Refrained from commenting up to now. But this is now just as bad as McNamara's time. Would be relegated with this manager. He has to go now. Another complete flop
— York City South (@YCFCSouth) April 17, 2018
"The current league position is unacceptable," said Jason McGill on sacking Gary Mills, when #YCFC were in 7th.
Now we're in 9th.
A full-time team in an amateur league.
A team we've seen beat Man City & Burnley in the league.
In Division 6 (North).
What. A. Mess.
— Chuitar (@chuitar) April 17, 2018
No way of making playoffs now. If I were manager, I'd play the youth team for the remainder of the fixtures. Our first team aren't fit to wear our shirt #ycfc
— Graham Brown (@GrahBrown) April 17, 2018
Bye bye play offs. Awful team selection #ycfc
— Mark Hallett (@hallymally48) April 17, 2018
An absolute disgrace that York can’t finish in the top seven of a league made up largely of part-time teams. McNamara, McGill, Mills, Gray and that gutless set of players all responsible. Shameful. #YCFC
— Jon Fisher (@fisherjon10) April 17, 2018
Imagine going back in time to 2012 and telling yourself in 6 years well be getting done twice by FCUM you'd have thrown yourself off the Wembley way bridge #ycfc
— adam kirby (@adamk_92) April 17, 2018
— Tom Armstrong (@TomArmstrong638) April 17, 2018
— Garry Gibb (@GarryGibb) April 17, 2018
When you get beaten by a team containing Danny Racchi it really is time to pack up. #ycfc
— Phil Neilson (@Pjneilo) April 17, 2018
Just spotted the #ycfc team bus heading west as I head east on the M62. Says everything that I’m not arsed.
— Noddy (@Noddy_Holder) April 17, 2018
It comes to something when I can't even be angry about #ycfc. Just awful, week in & week out.
— Shaun Wathey (@Wathey) April 17, 2018
I always wanted another season of regionalised football. Thank you #ycfc ???????????????????????? some effort this as a full time professional football club not the even make the playoffs….. well done ????????
— Wayne Fawcett (@waynefawcett) April 17, 2018
The only people who have come out of this joke of a season with any credibility are the fans, for sticking with all the shit. The coaching staff, manager and players can all do one #ycfc
— Liam Warwick (@WarwickLiam) April 17, 2018
— Theo Wilkie (@WilkieMr) April 17, 2018
When life gives you lemons…
— Swedish Minstermen (@MinstermenSWE) April 17, 2018
Apologies for the embarrassing scene at the end of the game tonight! I'd just had enough. Least I can say I've scored in front of the faithful! #ycfc
— The Happy Wanderer (@HappyWanderer55) April 17, 2018
— Tom Hebblethwaite (@THebblethwaite) April 18, 2018
Dreadful times at @YorkCityFC but would it preferable, (deep breath) despite the terrible form, to keep Martin Gray and give him the summer to build his own side ? To be fair he’s inherited a real mess. Can’t be as bad as this season again surely (puts tin hat on) #ycfc
— Mission from ‘Arry (@BrodieMurray5) April 18, 2018
Bring back Marvin McCoy all Is forgiven #ycfc
— lewis rennison (@renno0504) April 18, 2018
As we’re approaching the 25th anniversary of our first appearance at Wembley I think back to those days and what’s happened since. Playing in the 6th tier of football never entered my head. You only heard of it in a pre season friendly or the FA Cup. We’re stuck here now. #ycfc
— Keith Walwyn Statue (@Walwynstatue) April 18, 2018
We’re going to say goodbye to Bootham Crescent from Regional Football. That’s just insulting the old girl. #ycfc
— Jim Calverley (@JimCalverley) April 17, 2018
Awful performance tonight.
Keep the following players and 'rebuild'…AGAIN;
Ferguson, Kempster, Almond, Connolly & Bartlett
(Though I can't see the last 3 staying on part time terms)
The rest are either too old, too expensive or, in most cases, just not good enough.#ycfc
— Chris Chelin (@Chris_Chelin) April 17, 2018
— Adam Wilson (@A_Wilson192) April 17, 2018
Maybe I'll wake up. Behind the beer tent at Bradford PA, still arseholed, & it's all been a bad dream. #ycfc
— Spirit of Eighty Four (@YCSP84) April 17, 2018