Can I say first and foremost what an honour and a privilege it is to have been asked to take on the role of chairman of Biggleswade United.
Everyone at the club has my word that I will do my very best to ensure that we continue to make strides into becoming good representatives of the Community that we are so proud to be a part of.
Since my arrival at the club we have grown in leaps and bounds and continue to grow apace, something due in no small part to the passion and commitment put into the club by its ever growing band of willing volunteers.
So fast are we growing, in fact, that last Monday we held an open meeting at the clubhouse where we discussed the future, and also set about apportioning new volunteer roles that need to be filled because of the rapid growth of our Academy.
There are always things to do and we will never turn away any number of welcome extra helping hands.
As the new chairman I am realising very quickly how important the wider picture is, something which includes much more than just the playing side but also the structure, financing and marketing of the club.
There is so much more to every aspect other than merely playing, and as pleasant as winning is for all of our sides, what we are trying to build does not depend on winning a particular game or on qualifying for a particular final but rather on the building of a strong foundation that can guarantee a long-term future for our club.
And I can promise you that along the way I will listen to everyone and to all points of view before taking any decisions that will hopefully ensure that everyone feels like an important part of this club.
And speaking of winning our unbeaten run of seven games (six wins, one draw) came to an end on Wednesday night when we bowed out of the Premier Division Cup going down 2-0 at Baldock Town.
Nonetheless, it has still been a great start for our new management team of Emilio Gutierrez and Alex Salvador who, prior to Wednesday night’s reversal, had hit the floor running with two victories on the bounce.
Chapeau as well to the dedication and commitment being shown by all the first team squad who are giving everything, not just on match days, but also just as importantly in training. What is most impressive is their keenness to learn, to get better, and we are currently blessed with a group of players that are as capable as they are committed.
All of which means we are currently sixth in the table and will be looking to try to keep the momentum going and aim higher as we look forward to two home league games in a row.
First up tomorrow (Sat KO 3pm) we welcome Leighton Town before we face a very stern test that could well show how far we have progressed when we come up against current league leaders Tring Athletic on Tuesday night (KO 7.45pm).
See you there,