Your chance to meet-and-greet Matt and the boys

IN line with the commitment we made last year to have regular meetings with fans we can announce that supporters are invited to a meet-and-greet session with our new coach Matt Diskin and the players in the Vestacare Stadium club-house next Thursday, January 23 at 7pm.

Matt and some of the players will come in after training and Matt will introduce himself and the new signings, talk to you about the season ahead and then field any of your questions in a Q and A session.

Also present to address fans and answer questions will be members of the club’s volunteer management team which was formed last year to support and assist club chairman Chris Hamilton and which now meets on a regular basis and works hard collectively behind the scenes to take the club forward with initiatives and community projects off the field.

These are in support of anything Matt and his new backroom staff can achieve on the field.

Many have been the changes on the playing side in the last few months with the arrival of Matt as head coach, of Brendan Sheridan as his assistant coach, of Tim Abeyie as conditioner and of Chris Melling as physiotherapist.

Gareth Owen continues as captain alongside many of our well-known favourites, but we also have several new signings whom you can meet next Thursday night — James Worthington, John Hutchings, Jode Sheriffe, Dan Abram, Lewis Charnock, Daniel Igbinedion and our latest capture, local boy Matthew Fletcher.

Said club chairman Chris:

“This is part of our ongoing plan to meet fans on a regular basis. There seems to be no better time than before the start of a new season in the Betfred Championship when we have a new coach and new players to unveil.

“It will give the management team an opportunity to update supporters with what we are doing and what we are planning and also to listen to what fans have to say and see things from their side of the fence, as it were.

“In 2019 we did some great things off the field, involving the community, getting more people to matches and receiving a lot of very positive feedback.

“We aim to at least match all that, and more, now that we are in the Betfred Championship.”

The club hopes as many fans as possible turn up for this open night on the threshold of our return to the higher division on the back of the promotion we achieved last year.

Club Cash Lottery

In challenging times for businesses we are again stressing our urgent need for more financial support via the Club Cash lottery from both existing and new members.

With door-to-door collections temporarily abandoned, some have paid up front to cover a few weeks; moved to direct debit; or completed a bank transfer but the overall result has seen a drop in lottery income of nearly 50 per cent.

This trend is hitting all clubs and organisations and we have had to temporarily modify the weekly prize structure in line with the number of people taking part.

We still have a weekly first prize of £1,000 and other prizes of £100, £50 and £25 plus some £10 consolation prizes and we urgently and seriously need people to help us on this.

One way is to download a direct debit form here and follow the instructions.

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