Biggleswade United’s new chairman Gareth Davies issues rallying cry

PUBLISHED: 18:13 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:13 11 June 2018

New Biggleswade United chairman Gareth Davies. Picture: LONDON COLNEY FC

New Biggleswade United chairman Gareth Davies. Picture: LONDON COLNEY FC

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Biggleswade United’s new chairman Gareth Davies has issued a rallying cry saying: ‘We’re a football league club in non-league surroundings.’

Davies took over from now vice-chairman Chris Lewis after United’s director of football Guillem Balague convinced the Biggleswade resident to make the switch from London Colney FC.

Davies has already set high targets for the Second Meadow outfit, and wants to take United from step five to the football league with a new ground.

In a bullish clarion call to United fans he said on the club’s YouTube channel: “If I can deliver the ultimate goal of getting us a home that’s suitable for the job that’ll be fantastic.

“The whole club reeks of professionalism but unfortunately Second Meadow isn’t big enough to support that.

“We’re looking to grow, whether that be with a new stadium or a development of this site.

“I use Stevenage as the benchmark. We’ve got to look at their model and see if we can replicate it but keep our own brand because there’s something special about Biggleswade United.”

Davies is optimistic about new United boss Jimmy Martin, and described the 28-year-old former Stevenage coach as a ‘wise head on young shoulders,’ but expects a transitional period.

The chairman added: “It’s not going to be a quick fix, if we can maintain where we finished this season (eighth) or be thereabouts I’ll see that as a success.

“Off the pitch we’re moving the club forward every week which is great to see, it’ll only be a matter of time before the whole thing clicks.”

Davies was excited at the prospect of United’s academy - which ranges from U7s to U18s, describing the setup as a ‘clear pathway.’

He added: “What a buzz that would be if we got a young lad who worked his way all the way up to the first team.

“That would be fantastic and hopefully I’ll be there to see that.”

United have announced fixtures against the U18 sides of Brighton, MK Dons and Luton Town this summer, with the Premier League club’s young talents visiting Second Meadow to kick-off pre-season on 11th July.

Davies said: “For Jimmy it’s a case of getting them fit and getting them used to how he wants to play.”

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