But, thankfully, I have been proved wrong. I hold my hands up to say that our manager and players have performed superbly well this season and surpassed all of my wild expectations. Whilst the SPL have attempted to construct the 'top six' as an exciting prize to be won, there is no denying that finishing in the top half of the table is a tremendous achievement for a club our size. Indeed, since the Premier League started in 1975, this is only our fifth top half finish. And when you consider the resources Terry Butcher has had at his disposable to do this, it becomes even more remarkable.
The other person who deserves to be singled out must be the manager himself, Terry Butcher. He has coached the team to eleven wins so far and he has continued to protect and develop our young talent. His signings until last season were questionable but there is little doubt that the likes of Craigan, Burns, Marshall and McDonald have strengthened our side. And while Dair and O'Donnell may not have totally convinced the doubters yet, they certainly are not in the 'shocker' category either.
So, all in all, well done team, it's been a great year. Let's get three points on Sunday and start putting pressure on those above us now we don't have to worry so much about looking down!