FANS may think the 2006-07 season for Town is well worth forgetting, but the excellent End of Season Review on DVD certainly isn’t.
There’s match action from every game and some poignant comments from players and officials alike – especially around the pivotal March and April period when Andy Ritchie stepped in (following the Phil Parkinson saga) to replace Peter Jackson as manager.
Jacko’s exit, of course, followed the horrific 5-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest and the Review – which is produced, edited and narrated by YTV’s John Shires – not only covers immediate events but reflects splendidly on Jackson’s contribution to the club as popular player and (twice) as successful manager.
Jackson’s own press conference is shown when he talks lovingly of his time at Leeds Road and the Galpharm, rounding off with the words: “I have lost my job, but I will never lose my memories of the club. Thank you.”
Ritchie concedes he was saddened for his predecessor because they are good friends.
“We’ve had a lot of tussles both on and off the pitch and Peter is a super chap,” says Ritchie.
“I’ve been in touch with him since he left and he was very gracious.
“He had nothing but praise for the football club and the directors and said I would have no problems working with them or with the staff behind the scenes.
“True to his word, that’s how it’s been and everybody has helped.”
Indeed, after such a disappointing season, the DVD captures a great deal of optimism for the coming campaign in some great interview material after the final 3-1 home win against Leyton Orient when Town impressed.
The players clearly enjoyed Ritchie’s input and are looking forward to a new era at the club.
The Review is now available from club shops (DVD £19.99).