Bit off the Chair
Just to bring you up to date, thought I’d share a few thoughts about what lies ahead and what has already formed part of a memorable season.
The transfer deadline has been and gone (31st March) so our ranks of players are as big as they’re going to get this season and actually we’ve registered around 50% less players than the previous season, which is a good position to be in – it means we have a hard core of players in the squad and this has been very noticeable on our team sheets and match reports.
The weather has played its usual trickery on us and we have had a number of matches postponed and rearranged. The aspiration by the FA that the season finishes by 2/5/15 has been affected and currently our last match is scheduled to be played on May 7th.
I the meantime we have to play the Final of the BCFA Midweek Floodlit Challenge Cup against Gornal Athletic at the AFC Wulfrunian’s ground on April 28th, so that is really coming around soon. We are hoping to get a really good sized crowd attending to support the lads in a great achievement.
We’ve had our best run in the FA Vase in over a decade and have submitted out application to participate next season with an aspiration to go even further – or dare we consider all the way!?!
We have arguably the most glued together and cohesive team we have had in many years – they literally have each other’s back on and off the pitch and at the risk of sounding like a Black Country Musketeer, it is a case of all for one and one for all. This group of lads have probably the best understanding of the mechanics of running a club and the implications of their roles and a commitment that is second to none. We are immensely proud of each and every one of them.
It is fair to say that our Manager has had a good season too. All clubs aspire to be higher in the table than where they are, and it is easy to be critical when one is not in the eye of the storm. The Manager routinely is in the eye of the storm for any club, when things go well they’re a hero, when things go less well, everyone is an expert. It is fair to say though that Matt has led possible one of our most productive and progressive seasons in recent times. He has the respect of his players and staff and of the Board and he in turn is respectful of them. It has been a good season for Matt and one we hope to build on for the future.
Behind the scenes the Board have been working to ensure the development of our system and good practice. We were reaccredited with the Charter Standard Award for another year a couple of weeks ago which we are delighted about. The Board is also continually monitoring, along with our sponsors at emcoDesign, our web and social media provision which has this season changed beyond all recognition, with Facebook, Twitter, website, all using the “wtfcofficial” prefix. The Twitter account is now followed by over 1200 people with Facebook growing to over 600.
We continue to seek sponsorship from new and existing partners and to work in creative ways. This will carry on through the closed season as is the norm. Sadly when this season ends our sponsorship through Aspray24 will come to a close after many years. Aspray24 did sponsor us by a reduced amount this season for which we are very grateful, but this season although they will still be involved with football through Sporting Khalsa whom they also sponsor and will continue to do so.
We are exploring as many options as possible to keep the running of the club as robust as possible. We do have positive sponsorship deals in place for next season which we will announce shortly.
So, in summary, a busy, demanding and challenging season again, but one that has bought some of the best results we have seen in a long time and naturally we will continue to face challenges and problems, but this is, the nature of the beast that is non-league football, and one we face gladly and with a smile.
With many thanks to all our players, supporters and sponsors for their support thus far and for keeping the faith for the last hard slog.
Willenhall Town Football Club