Congratulations and hopes that all our players are recovering well from our annual away weekend in Wales last weekend. Two successful close games, played in good spirits once again. Our Thanks to our weekend official Fabian Robertson and both host clubs, Aberystwyth Town and Barry Town United, who were fantastic venues for us on each day. We wish both clubs all the best for the remaining months of the 2023-24 season.
Our final game of an incredible 14 game, 2023 season, will take place at Lilleshall International Sports Centre on Monday 11th December. After the recent sad passing of our regular player Lee Waterfall's father we have designated this game our John Waterfall Memorial Game for Lee and his family.
After Sutton United we wrapped up a fantastic run of 7 games in a month, making that 9 games in 2023, and an incredible 21 since we started in 2021. We now look to arranging a weekend on Scotland in the Autumn, as normal, and start work contacting clubs for games in 2024.
This is a great opportunity to thank all the clubs we've played at in the past for the help and assistance in arranging these games, we wish you every success for 2023-2024.
We are delighted to announce that from the raffle we held throughout our May games and the additional funds from Sutton United we managed to donate a total of £550 to this worthwhile project.
Jon Dixon has noted that our sold out event at Walsall will be the first time every player will be wearing our new personalised kits and training wear! This is going to make for a great group photo on the day, and may result in changes to our home page graphics! So please make sure your hair and good looks make up are done for the day (no offence meant to those who don't have one or the other, or both!)
i am pleased to announce that our fixture at Gander Green Lane, on Thursday 1st June, with the help of Sutton United Foundation, will fully support the Paul Alan Project with excess funds from the event, one-off programme sales and a raffle on the day (tickets available in advance) for a match worn, squad signed Sutton United shirt, kindly donated by the club.
Some of our players may well have heard the name Paul Alan, he was a genuine football supporter who attended a game early last year and very sadly didn't come home.
An act of celebration we have all made many times for our own clubs began the unfortunate series of events that followed. On 29th January 2022, Fulham Football Club's home match against Blackpool FC was paused in the 11th minute. The pause was due to Paul Alan Parish, suffering a cardiac arrest in the Hammersmith End shortly after celebrating a goal by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
His daughter Clare was at his side on that unfortunate day and has since formed the project in his name aiming to purchase, install and provide defibrillators to community spaces where there is a need; in particular, within parks and open spaces and grass roots and amateur league football. The Project also provide training sessions to empower people with the knowledge of:
I'm sure all of our members/players can relate in some way to Paul's story, many of us attending games up and down the country regularly, involved in grass roots football, use parks and open spaces for games and know somebody (me included buy the way) that has suffered serious Heart issues and will support our game at Sutton if you are attending or not.
Full details of the project and a emotional personal account from Clare of the events unfolding at the game can be found at https://www.thepaulalanproject.org/
After the unfortunate events leading to the postponement of our game at Gigg Lane in November, I'm pleased to announce the game has been re-arranged for the morning of Saturday 25th March, kick-off 11am.
I will be offering positions, in the first instance, as previously agreed, to all the players who were registered to take part in the original fixture. Once everyone has replied to retake, or free their positions, any remaining will be sent out to players in the usual manner for potential uptake.
We have added a game at Bristol Rovers to our 'Summer' line up of fixtures on Wednesday 10th May 2023, kick off 6pm, booking is available now, for the regulars, communications have been sent out, if you're interested in taking part email for details.
We are intending to expand our programmes for our games for 2023, with historic FA games, interviews with players 'outside the game', and promoting players businesses and charities/projects we may support this year. Ideas and suggestions welcome, please send through to me.
Our second Summer event has been agreed with a visit to Home Park, Plymouth for Thursday 4th May 2023, Kick -off 5.30pm. With this event being one of our furthest trips, and most people booked into hotels for the evening, I am looking at staging a smaller event on the Friday morning following, to play a t a new ground and stretch those limbs from the evening before. I'll add to the site and send out communications in the normal ways.
Walsall have kindly agreed to let us stage our first Summer event on Friday 19th May at 10:30 am. Ironically, this was one of the venues FA had previously arranged prior to their cessation. At least this one will go ahead!