Spennymoor Town Chief Executive Bradley Groves shares his thoughts on the season gone and the road ahead in the Vanarama National League North.
We’ve come a very long way in the eight years I’ve been involved with Spennymoor Town and it feels great to be able to look forward to the coming season with excitement and optimism.
We finished last season with a flourish, which means we have completed our five year plan a year early… for the second time.
Our first five year plan was also completed after four, which saw us win everything at Northern League level. That included four Northern League titles, the JR Cleator Cup, the Durham Challenge Cup, the Northern League Cup and, of course, the FA Vase.
We then set about agreeing a new five year plan, which would include three promotions to get Spennymoor Town to the National League North. Again, we’ve achieved it in four, including two consecutive promotions through the Northern Premier League. But for a play off loss to Darlington, it may have even been done in three.
The management team deserve a lot of credit for accomplishing this, as do the players. They of course will not be short of recognition, but it’s the club as a whole which now finds itself on the cusp of an exciting new step and everyone involved in that achievement should take a share of the praise. From the volunteers on a match day to the catering staff, the groundsmen, the sponsors, the club officials, the people running the Moors Tavern, the bar and catering staff and you, the supporters.
We hope next season will be a reward for the backing you’ve given us, which will feature plenty of high-profile, mouth-watering fixtures and some attractive away trips to the likes of York. For a town with a population around the 20K mark, we do well to bring in around 3% of the local population every game – a higher proportion than many of our rivals. As always, we’re busy behind the scenes creating plans to make next season the best The Brewery Field has seen.
It’s also going to be the first year of our new five year plan, which we’ll be agreeing over the coming months. If we want to keep progressing, there are plenty of developments that are essential. This will include significant improvements to the ground. Details will be released soon about what this entails and when. I intend for the match day experience at Spennymoor to be famous throughout the National League, capable of attracting significant crowds from visiting clubs.
The team will also require further development, as will our infrastructure, community engagement, supporter engagement and media. Thankfully, we have a team of dedicated individuals who are capable of driving this and I’ll be making changes imminently to the structure of the club to allow these developments to come to fruition.
Clearly there is a new level of investment required, which will come with its own plan, targets and achievements I expect as a result. There’s an enormous amount to get through before the start of next season and work has already started. So keep an eye on our website and social media channels to stay up-to-date with the latest news. We’ll involve you every step of the way.
It's our end of season awards evening on Sunday 21 May, starting at 7pm with a free buffet. If any supporters would like to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about availability. I look forward to seeing some of you there.