Boro boss wants YOU to help - Westley's exclusive column for The Comet
Hopefully, there will be some exciting times in the coming weeks for Stevenage Borough FC. Having got off to a quite horrible start, winning just five points from seven games, the players have recovered fantastically well and given the club two chances of
Hopefully, there will be some exciting times in the coming weeks for Stevenage Borough FC.
Having got off to a quite horrible start, winning just five points from seven games, the players have recovered fantastically well and given the club two chances of going to Wembley and emerging as promoted Trophy winners!
There are 16 games to win if that goal is to be delivered for certain. Some challenge. But one we would all have willingly accepted after our start.
Of course, the consequences of our success would benefit the whole area. The possibilities for the youth of the region are significantly enhanced if the club is promoted. Funds become available that will undoubtedly increase the potential for so many young talents. What a boost that would be in these difficult times.
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That is the primary reason for me now calling Stevenage to action. We need all the support that we can possibly get if we are to maximize our chances.
We are fighting against much bigger clubs, with much bigger resources and much bigger established infrastructures and fan bases. Cambridge United, Oxford United, Wrexham, Kidderminster, Torquay...these are clubs with Football League traditions and Football League mentalities.
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To overcome them, we will need to be the strongest unit of all.
I am interested in your ideas. I want to see your new energies going into making things happen.
I am looking for the best initiative between now and May and I aim to reward the best initiative with an incomparable Wembley experience if we get there. It is time for you to dream and time for you to act. How can YOU help us and become part of a Wembley double?
At our most recent home game, a stalwart fan approached me and asked me to organise a training session at which our fans could watch the players work and at which they can meet the players. As soon as this is practical, or in a slightly different way, I will enact his idea. I want our fans to know our players and to appreciate them for the work that they put in to further the club's standing. This initiative is a good suggestion and I want to do this and more.
Now is the time for our fans to bring family and friends along. Who is going to do more than anybody else to help us though? Now is the time to back the team more strongly, sing louder, lift the roof! Who is going to organise the club songsheet or record a Borough anthem??!
Now is the time to improve the momentum and show the desire for the Wembley Double. Who has the ideas that will help most? Who has the ideas that will count?
I want everybody out there reading this article to be motivated to some form of action in the name of their town, and in the name of the sporting futures of the region's youngsters, the biggest beneficiaries of what we are building. Winning creates pride. Winning feels good. Winning is fun. By helping us to win, everybody has a chance to play a part in delivering the goals.
If we unite and if we take serious steps, we can succeed. Even the smallest steps will help.
I know that it takes a mighty effort for any club to win promotion. Right here, right now, be part of a club that does.