It’s been a while since my last update so there are quite a few things to cover. All Shareholders will by now have had an email or letter to inform them that we have rescheduled the AGM to Thursday 24th August at 6:30pm. Apologies for any inconvenience but unfortunately due to illness our accountant hasn’t been able to complete the Financial Accounts in time and we need to verify them before submitting to the Shareholders.
As part of our strategy to work more efficiently as a Board of Directors we are proposing that Dave Mills and Kevin Illingworth be appointed as Directors.
Dave brings a wealth of experience to the Club as a former Director of Darlington Football Club and has worked tirelessly over the last six months in his role as Commercial Manager. A major announcement on our sponsorship will be announced this week.
Kevin brings youth (well, compared to most Board Members!) enthusiasm and ideas to the Board and will have the responsibility of leading on Communications, PR and Media. Both appointments will, in my opinion, enhance the Boards ability to take this Club forward.
I would like to have, by now, made a presentation to the Macmillan Nurses Charity with the money we raised at the presentation night at the end of April but unfortunately the person who purchased AJ’s ‘200 Goals’ shirt decided at the end of May he would not go through with the purchase. Fortunately, our Director, Richard Cooke has stepped in to purchase the shirt so, along with proceeds from the raffle held on the night, we have raised £650 for this essential charity.
We have recently publicised that we now offer free room hire for our function room. This offer is for people who hire the function room for parties etc. and use our catering service. Since publicising this we have had a lot of enquiries which have resulted in bookings. If you are interested in booking the function room contact Darren on our telephone number 01388 604605 or by email [email protected]. We have a number of Christmas events planned – see the website for details.
We are really close to launching our new ‘brick wall’ fund raising so look out for the launch, very soon, on this website with details of the costs etc.
When a football season ends you think you have got loads of time to get ready for the next season but time seems to have flown by and here we are only a few weeks away from the start of another season.
At the beginning of June, I attended the Northern League’s Annual Dinner along with Tony Duffy and Dave Mills. The event was held at the Ramside Hall Hotel and we enjoyed a nice meal but as usual at these events the presentations seem to take an age! Malcolm MacDonald was asked to reply to the ‘toast’ but must have misunderstood because normally the person gives a quick reply but he ‘rabbited’ on for ages as if he was the after-dinner speaker! The actual after dinner speaker was Craig Hignett and he was really good!
The Northern League held a day seminar at Consett FC and covered topics such as ensuring the registration forms etc. are correctly completed, budgeting and marketing. There was also a session on the FA Respect campaign which is directed not only at players and team management with regard to their attitude with match officials but also spectators and how they should respect everyone (including each other) at matches. This season you will see the ‘FA Respect’ logo on corner flags at all Northern League grounds and substitutes will wear yellow bibs with the logo when warming up during games. We are also putting the ‘Respect’ logo on our team shirts.
Over the last few weeks we have carried out a number of improvements to the Stadium. We have added more toilets and showers in both the home and the away dressing rooms and have created more room under the stand for storage. We are also in the process of changing our floodlights to LED lights which will give us a higher lux value but also will reduce costs as they are cheaper to operate.
The pitch is looking really good despite some damage cause by hosting the Wannasee festival. Gary, Peter and Dave have, as usual, spent many hours getting it ready and a big thanks to Dave Jones and Andrew Geary for re-turfing some of the patches that were damaged.
Our pre-season games started last Saturday with a good day at Willington but unfortunately Scott Pocklington suffered a leg injury and we wish him a speedy recovery. It was good to see our former Chairman Richard Tremewan who is now Chairman of Willington and along with his team of committee and volunteers they have really smartened the ground up and the pitch looked great. We play Crook tonight (Wednesday 12th) and we have our big game at Heritage Park against Middlesbrough Under 23’s on Saturday (15th July Kick Off 3pm) with another friendly against Darlington FC on Friday 21st with a 7pm kick off. I understand there may be a couple of changes to the published list of friendlies so keep an eye out on the website and Social Media for more details.
We are still looking for volunteers to help us on match days so if anyone is interested in joining our team then please don’t hesitate to get in touch on [email protected]
There is still time to purchase season tickets so please look in the ‘Club Shop’ section to buy online or once again, get in touch if you want to pay by cheque or cash.
Finally, a big ‘thank you’ to our Supporters Club who continue to raise funds for the Club. The 500 Club continues to hold monthly draws and this raises valuable funds for the Club especially during the ‘close season’ and they recently held a successful ‘Curry Night’ at the Spice Lounge in Bishop which raised over £500. Thanks everyone!
This weekend (Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th) our community partners St Mary’s Juniors are holding their annual tournament on the Bishop Auckland College playing fields. Over 60 teams will be playing over Saturday and Sunday with games kicking off at 10:00am on both days. Why not have an hour or two watching our future players in action!(but don’t miss the Boro game!!)