ADVERSITY often brings out the best in people, whether it be their own or someone else's.
This was certainly true last Saturday when Huddersfield Town fans responded magnificently to a bucket collection in aid of Wrexham Suporters Trust, by raising almost £4,000.
Wrexham's Trust are struggling desperately to keep their club alive as they find themselves facing truly insurmountable debts with administration only days away.
Shades of last year for us!
Here are some comments from one of their collectors, written as an individual, but demonstrating very clearly indeed the common bond between football supporters who are prepared to put rivalries aside in the face of shared problems:
"Just a quick unofficial note of thanks from the fans of Wrexham FC.
"The officials and fans who helped us raise much needed funds were a credit not only to Huddersfield Town FC but to football in general.
"Never before have I stood in a Wrexham shirt in an opposition area.
"However I did so feeling totally safe and secure.
"The officials were organised in military style, the head of security charming and helpful and the fans, simple awesome.
"At 44 years of age and having seen Wrexham on 85 of the 92 grounds, I've seen most things at football grounds but nothing could have prepared me for last Saturday.
"Donations from toddlers through to pensioners. From schoolgirls to hardened ex-miners. They were all the same.
"Everyone was saying `all the best,' `hope this helps,' `hope to see you playing next year' and `keep fighting until the end' - and many others just walked up to us, put money in the bucket and nodded.
"The gestures said everything. Football must win.
"Whatever this season brings I will remember Saturday for ever."
* Wrexham are back in the High Court on Friday for the next stage of their financial battle. They face a winding-up order from the Inland Revenue for an unpaid £900,000.