Football fans in Biggleswade wade into new United chairman
PUBLISHED: 16:51 19 June 2018
Football fans in Biggleswade have taken to social media to mock United’s new chairman Gareth Davies after his controversial comments last week.
The former London Colney chairman spoke on the Second Meadow side’s YouTube channel last week, saying his new side were a ‘football league club in non-league surroundings.’
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.”
The bizarre statement was met with a mocking response and many laughing emojis from fans on Twitter.
@alanpryor tweeted: “Football league club? Third best side in Biggleswade,” before @BigDaveK suggested Davies’ side were 1000-1 for the pre-season Chairman’s Cup match, and the Waders merely had to turn up to beat the self titled football league club.
@mark_franklin83 also replied, saying United lived in an ‘unrealistic world’ while @Chrisbottazzi represented his feelings with a GIF of Mike Tyson in hysterics.
Manchester born Davies remains a major shareholder at Colney, and will remain involved in the club while he rockets United towards League Two and - why not - beyond.
The bullish chairman has said his aim is to acquire a new ground for step five side, and set Stevenage as his benchmark, saying: ‘they were where we are less than 15-years ago.’
However, 15-years ago, Boro were regulars in the top-10 of the main Conference, and you’d have to go back to 1984 for the last time the Hertfordshire side were in the step-five United Counties League.
With Davies aiming for the football league in 15-years - 11-years quicker than Stevenage - promising young manager Jimmy Martin has a lot of work to do.