Chairman’s Opening Day message.
Welcome to Season 2016-17, the season is officially here!
First of all good luck to everyone who starts their campaign for the season today whether it be league matches or cup. Enjoy, work hard, be proud of what you do.
We start our campaign today with a league match and a trip to Hereford to play Pegasus Juniors.
We do need to thank everyone who has helped us so far to get here as a Club. In April it very much looked that a disbanding of the #redarmy was on the cards due to lack of sponsorship. It even looked at one stage like we might not finish the season.
A bunch of local businesses and individuals helped us out with donations of all sizes, getting us to the end of the season and to …the start of the next. We are not out of the woods, we still really need to find a last chunk of rent for this season but we are here and alive and kicking.
Big big thanks to Bloxwich Environmental Services, Holly Bush Garden Centre & Aquaria, Wedges, Ye Olde Toll House, Brett Quinton Funeral Directors and each and every individual who gave what they could. Those of you who contributed have played a part in keeping this great old Club alive.
This is what it is about and YOU people deserve our heartfelt thanks and #respect
Wishing our players much success for the season ahead. We know how hard you graft and appreciate every mortal second you give. We’re delighted with our new team and look forward to seeing the team develop and gel into a well formed unit over coming weeks. Exciting times ahead! Let battle commence!
Big shout out to our new Manager in his first match (proper) as Manager.
Mark Habbershaw comes with a wealth of experience on the pitch and is now cutting his teeth on the management role.
We are all right behind Mark and his staff, Brooksy and Bally & Co and are looking forward to seeing a successful season. All the best Mark & the team! #redarmy
Big thank you to a small but perfectly formed group of volunteers who make it happen off the pitch.
Hughie is our oldest volunteer and has travelled to pretty much every destination if not all delivering his own unique brand of support, delivering players and officials, preparing drinks and generally giving us all a reality check!
Thanks to Chris, our match secretary who deals with match day preparation with officials, writes our match reports and liaises with …the local press. He also runs around on a match day and cleans up with the crew after the match, some very late nights – much appreciated!
Thanks to Steve, our Kit Manager, who ensures we have all the right stuff in the right place and gets it clean and laundered ready for the next outing. Quick turnaround and not easy.
Thanks to Russell for maintaining the IT provision and developing from a mixture of formats to a cohesive one that continues to develop as we speak.
And finally thanks to Sharon, Club Treasurer, she cooks, cleans, runs the tea shop, seeks funding, is the Club Welfare and Charter Standard Officer.
Put this lot together and they work wonders on VERY limited resources. All hold down a full time job (Hughie is retired) and give their time, like players and management, freely and generously and without them it wouldn’t happen.
Love ’em all!