Those who follow Harrogate Town are some of the honourable exceptions.
It has been a time that everyone connected with the club will recall with fondness in future years after the Sulphurites made history by being promoted to the Football League for the first time.
It would be fitting if Harrogate signed off a vintage year in appropriate fashion this evening.
Simon Weaver’s side have yet to win in the league in front of their own supporters since a limited number were able to return to matches in early December – with Harrogate placed into Tier 2.
On a night when Yorkshire will stage its only festive EFL fixture with some fans in attendance, Harrogate will be seeking to add to their list of scalps against a Carlisle side who are one of the division’s form horses.
But after excellent wins at Oldham and Exeter, confidence should not be in short supply.
Weaver said: “Carlisle are another really good team. They are one of the form teams in the league and we keep coming up against these form sides.
“It is another big challenge against another big club. We have got a responsibility to break our duck (in front of fans) at home.
“We’ve a good away record now and if we start putting some wins on the board at home, we will be very competitive at this level.”
Last six games: Harrogate LLLWLW; Carlisle WWWWLD.
Referee: M Coy (Durham).
Last time: The two sides have never played each other.
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