Christmas Message from The Chairman
It’s that time of year again where we take stock of the year, look back on the good times, reflect on the bad and look forward to the coming New Year with a sense of renewed hope and resolve.
And what a year it has been.
With just over a year having passed since I took the mantle of “Interim Chairman”, I was adamant that I would be finding and appointing a proper successor however I was reliably informed by Nigel Hughes that he’d become “Interim Chairman” and ended up doing the role for four years! It seems in this game that nothing is ‘Interim’. I did indeed end up taking on the role of Chairman full time and it has been a role like nothing I’ve known. Over this year, I’ve learned a hell of a lot about myself personally and more about this game. However, the one lesson that I’ve learned is that this Club is more than just bricks and mortar. This Club is truly like a family. Yes, there have been hard times over this past year but like a family, we’ve come together to support each other.
When Marc, Will and Luke left and we appointed Chris, Tom and Mike, the way he was embraced by the fans was brilliant to see and more importantly even though results haven’t gone our way when performances warranted wins, and luck and decisions haven’t gone our way…there was and still is the belief and support from you, that together we can and will turn this around.
It wasn’t just our first team affected by departures this year, with our Supporters Trust also undergoing it’s own evolution. As I said in my Programme notes, I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Ian “Taff” Compton for his dedicated service to the Supporters Trust these past years. Taff served the Trust with a passionate candour and despite he and I not always seeing eye to eye, I know that he loves this Club and his decision will not have been taken lightly. So therefore I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Club to thank him for all his hard work and wish him well for the future.
Like wise with Ken Fagan. He ran our Youth Development programme after the departure of Ken Blackburn and despite his very dignified and quiet stepping down, I would like to publicly acknowledge him and thank him for all of his hard work this past year.
When under going the evolution that this Club has in the past year there are always difficult times but what amazes me is the never say die attitude that permeates through Gloucester City. Other Clubs I have watched this season, especially those nearby, have gone into almost civil war when faced with adversity, but not us. With players/managers being attacked by supporters as we have witnessed first hand and on the news, those who wear the Yellow and Black of Gloucester City have conducted themselves with patience, resilience and unbeleaguered positivity. Still with the results not being as they should, you have stuck together with us and the team and turned up in your numbers with attendances on average being higher than last year, for which I thank you. It’s all of this that sets us apart as a truly remarkable Club. It’s this that has meant that this family endures despite the lack of a tangible home.
However, we are now closer than ever to achieving that primary target of bringing City home to Meadow Park. You will have seen the progress made as you board the away coaches and watch on social media through our brilliant time lapse videos of the amount of work that has been done and in January, in conjunction with our Supporters Trust, we will be holding our Fans Forum in Gloucester, where we will present to you our vision for the Clubs future and a comprehensive update and timescales for the return back to the City.
Finally, I would like to thank the volunteers for all their hard work and dedication and the quite frankly ridiculous amount of paperwork and admin that it takes to put out a team every week or even hit transfer/registration deadlines on time! From all of you who produce content for the programme, sell the programme, man the turnstiles, man the twitter for those who cannot make the game and run our social media accounts throughout the week, those of you who look after us in the boardroom, sell the cash draws and the predict a score week in week out. You keep this Club going and are the absolute heartbeat of it so thank you from the bottom of my heart.
This coming year will be the most important in the history of this Club. I’m going into the New Year with a real sense of excitement over what the future holds so tomorrow, enjoy your Christmas dinners and your presents and lets get to Weston on Boxing Day to make a racket for Toddy and the boys!
A very Merry Christmas to you all and your loved ones and a very Happy New Year.
Christmas Message from Alex Petheram
This football club is built on the good
will, love and support from the volunteers, sponsors, the playing team/ staff
and of course you the fans. It’s hard sometimes to put things into the right
order of importance in our own lives at times, as football has a habit of taking
One thing I’ve learnt at my time at Gloucester City is that we’re all here for each other, with people stepping up to support at times of our own troubles and needs. Kindness and support like this is what our club is built from, as it’s very much like an extended family.
With this in mind I’d like to personally thank every wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, grandparent, guardian etc etc for supporting everyone within our own lives to allow them to support the club in the way they do.
Have a great Christmas and Happy new Year.