Graham Westley's exclusive column for The Comet
It has been an exciting time at Stevenage Borough FC – 13 games unbeaten, six wins on the trot and some really good attacking football. We are all hoping that our best form and the best fun is yet to come. What is clear is that we are making progress beca
It has been an exciting time at Stevenage Borough FC - 13 games unbeaten, six wins on the trot and some really good attacking football. We are all hoping that our best form and the best fun is yet to come. What is clear is that we are making progress because there are a host of talented people working very closely together at our club and all pulling in the same direction.
The Stevenage Borough team is a diverse and very widespread one. At the top of the club, our chairman, Phil Wallace, spends a part of his year in the USA and the bulk of his time in the UK. The Board are all similarly busy people. Mick Shortland and Mick Every are both local businessmen, although Mick S moved his homebase to the West Country this year. Marcus Taverner is a QC and Paul Wallace never seems to be off the plane as he pursues his global business interests. Even Bob Makin, our one daily 'face', has caught the travel bug and begun globetrotting.
These guys between them are the brains behind the operation and they provide the strategy and backing that every ambitious club needs. It can only be the wonder of modern technology that makes it possible for them to work together. Quite how they manage to bring in big sponsorship backing, supporter initiatives and even educational development schemes from so far and wide is astonishing, but they do. The executive team involves Clive Abrey (commercial), who looks after fundraising activities and sponsorship (and does brilliant dinners - Chopper Harris on his way!), Roger Austin (secretary), who handles the administrative side of the football operation and gives more than you could imagine in doing so.
Jenny Cairns, who handles conferences and banqueting, John Ryder, who looks after the pitch and groundstaff, Mark Venables, who does a brilliant job handling web and press content along with Barry Rust and now our new Supporter Liaison Officer Alex Tunbridge who is developing relations with our communities in all sorts of ingenious new ways. All of them do a fantastic job.
We are fortunate enough to have a fabulous support team too; Janet, Dawn, Michael and Lindsay do an exceptional job along with their people in keeping our kit, Shephalbury, our food and our messages under control! And that isn't to forget all the matchday team. Rich, our coach driver, and the multitude of people and supporters who help us out day-to-day. Everybody is doing their bit.
We are in a position from which we can build some success if we work cleverly and intensely in the coming three or four months. We just have to concentrate on winning the next game, again and again and again. We have to be relentless in our demands on each other. We have to keep raising the standard of everything that we do.
- 1 Five teenagers arrested following 'violent disorder' in Stevenage
- 2 Plans for second multi-storey car park at Stevenage's Lister Hospital to help 'better meet demand'
- 3 A1(M) closed in both directions near Letchworth
- 4 Mental health crisis café to open in Stevenage
- 5 Plans approved for former Stevenage bus station site
- 6 Car crashes with pedestrian on A602 Stevenage Road
- 7 £3k thank you to Lister for pregnant wife's bleed on brain care
- 8 Three arrested after cannabis, cash and phones seized
- 9 Can you spot your school at Stevenage's Commonwealth Games Day?
- 10 North Herts Sanctuary announces plans to continue support amid service changes
In that breath, The Comet deserves credit for its efforts to support us in recent weeks. Mark Armstrong has shown great ideas and great energy to freshen up the approach and I applaud his efforts. It is this type of energy that pushes the whole thing along. It gives an impetus. It raises the bar for us all. It is great to see the keen interest of our local paper and to feel its support.
Winning creates a good feeling at a football club. It is only ever ferocious hard work that creates winning. I know that I speak for my coaching team and for the players when I applaud the support that we have been getting and call for more in numbers and in voice as we go forwards. It can only help our cause. We have a lot of winning to do if we are to deliver a success or two this season. We need every little bit of assistance that we can get.
Together, we have a great chance. We are getting closer in the League and we have a home draw in the quarter finals of the FA Trophy. Play your part and let's enjoy putting the town of Stevenage on the map once more.