Anyone who has attended an Irish League game will know that it is not just about the drama on the pitch - it is about the friendships, the camaraderie and the characters you meet along the way. But, for now, all that has stopped.
Fans of the local game have been left scratching their heads wondering what to do with their Saturday afternoons since the game came to a halt in March due to Covid-19, never mind trying to wrap their minds around the proposals to bring back the action.
Whether the club you love often basks in the glory of lifting the Gibson or Irish Cups, or you trod home thinking what might have been, the Irish League is like no other in terms of the friendships forged on those Saturday afternoons.
Certainly, some of the best memories this reporter has made in his 30 years is sharing Glenavon's Irish Cup wins in 1997, 2014 and 2016 with his family.
Who knows if the Irish Cup will finish at all this season, but fans will not be able to share that special cup-winning feeling with the players, their friends and their families.
Four Irish League fans who miss their weekend football fix spoke to the Belfast Telegraph, looking back at those Saturday afternoons that feel so long ago and discussed what they are doing now to try and fill that void.
Cliftonville supporter Brian Smyth (45), Glentoran man David Kerr (25), Newry City fanatic Laura Hillen (25) and Lurgan Blues fan Michael Scott (34) were all in agreement - it is not just the football, but the social aspect of our local game that has been missed over the last three months.
Brian, a Green Party councillor in Belfast, described following his beloved Reds as an "outlet" and misses the unique quirks of the Irish League.
"If you're invested in it, it's family," he said.
"Your family is a bit of a melt sometimes, but that's what the Irish League is, it's your family.
"You miss it. You miss the characters and there is a social aspect to the Irish League. We don't go there for sexy football.
"Sexy football comes along once in a generation for most teams, like Cliftonville from 2013 to 2015 with Liam Boyce and Joe Gormley.
"You go along because it's an extension of your family and you're invested in it and you love it.
"I've been keeping myself busy with my council stuff, but I miss football.
"I'm a Manchester United man as well and a mate of mine said that the matches are back, but football isn't, as the fans aren't there."
Michael was forced to watch old football fixtures on TV and YouTube at the beginning of lockdown.
Like all those dedicated to following their team home and away every Saturday afternoon Michael, who is the editor of the Ulster Gazette in Armagh, has been totally knocked out of his weekend routine.
"I found that really, really hard. I missed that routine of getting up on a Saturday, going to the match, seeing my mates, have the craic, maybe stay on for a wee while afterwards and then come home," he said.
"I've been going out for a walk on Saturday afternoons, and like everybody else I ended up painting the fence. There was wee jobs in the house you end up doing.
"I miss meeting up with my mates. Saturday would be the day I would see a lot of people that I hang about with.
"You do miss that and obviously going to match might lead to staying on and getting a couple of pints or going round to a mate's house for a pizza or a bite to eat.
"My routine on a Saturday now is basically get up and sit in a different room to the one I work in."
Meanwhile, David's Saturday afternoons at The Oval consisted of working with Glentoran's media team, but all that has changed since Covid-19 struck.
Focusing on nostalgic periods in the Glens' history during lockdown, David has been trying to bring a bit of Irish League football back into people's lives through the club's social media channels.
"You don't have that usual routine of getting up, seeing what your mates and family are doing and heading to the ground," he explained.
"It's the wee things you miss. I drive down and see that green mecca of mine that's The Oval, so you miss that. You miss the smells, the taste of the burger and maybe getting a drink after the game.
"I think whether you're a fan of Warrenpoint, Institute, Linfield, Glenavon, Cliftonville or whoever, you all still have that same social side and I think that's a massive part that everybody is missing and can't wait to get back to.
"My job is trying to bring people closer to the club and Irish League football, so I guess I miss going out and speaking to people to create content."
David added that no matter what your day job is, everyone who attends the game is the same when the referee blows the whistle at 3pm.
Newry City's Press officer Laura has even started supporting Hertha Berlin with their blue and white striped kit after the Bundesliga was the first major league to return to screens.
Her weekly routine consisted of attending committee meetings on Mondays, watching the players train on Tuesday, the under-18 games on Friday and seeing the first team play in the Championship on a Saturday.
Going from that to nothing at all has been particularly tough.
"I would go to the matches with my sister and my daddy," she said. "We all support Newry, so you're getting to spend time with your family as well. My mummy is sick of the sight of us.
"Supporting local football is a great way to be part of the community and make friends.
"A large amount of our support would be the older generation and aren't into social media, so without face-to-face contact they have no link to the club, so I'm sure as hard as it is for me, it's harder for them.
"During this break we have launched a #KeepYourHeadUp campaign, getting videos from people from all over the sporting community - even a referee - to promote positive mental health and to keep your head up until we are back together again. Hopefully that's sooner rather than later."
Irish League football can generate a lot of negativity, mainly from those who don't watch the local game, be it through the perceived quality of football or attendances, but Brian feels that is what makes our league.
"You even miss the games where there's just 300 fans or less," he added.
"You can hear everything and the stuff coming out of people, which can be slightly outrageous, but it's in your head for the rest of the week and it gets you through.
"I'm missing the routine, I'm missing the familiarity and I'm missing the social aspect. I think my wife would prefer me going to watch a match."
It is now up to the powers that be to get the ball rolling again, whenever that may be...