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Date announced for the Presentation Night

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Spennymoor Town FC and pleased to announce that the annual presentation night will be held on Sunday 18th May starting at 7pm.

This year will see the event return to the Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham which proved to be very popular last year. There will be a buffet and a disco as well as the presentation of the awards for the Spennymoor Town first team, Spennymoor Town Reserves and all of the Spennymoor Town Youth teams.

As with the event last year the evening is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

New Signing

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Spennymoor Town have today completed the signing of free agent Daniel Dillon. The 27 year old midfielder has played for Carlisle United, Team Bath, Alfreton Town, Hinckley United, Workington and Kendal Town.

In May 2010 London born Dillon captained the British University side and has represented England ‘C’ under Paul Fairclough.

Meanwhile, Curtis Edwards has left the club and re-joined Thornaby.

Manager Jason Ainsley said tonight ‘Dan has just returned to the north east after playing his football most recently in Australia.  He is 27 and a hard working aggressive midfielder with good energy levels and has a wealth of experience having started his career at Blackburn, then signing for Carlisle. Dan made his 1st team debut aged 16 which made him the youngest player in the clubs history. He Made 13 1st team appearances before signing for Team Bath, where he captained the England university side which won home nations tournament. Dan has also played for Hinckley, Alfreton and Workington as well as representing the England C team. With only having 10 games left it gives both parties a chance to take a good look of each other before committing to anything long term.

Curtis Edwards has left the club by mutual consent and will play the remainder of the season with his Dad at Thornaby. I wish Curtis every success in the future’

Highlights of the Q&A

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Chairmans Q&A Highlights

brad groves

Following an excellent meeting with the Chairman and the key points of the session are outlined below.

On The Clubhouse

  • We are confident that the funding for the clubhouse will be in place for an August start with completion expected at the end of the year.
  • The final push for membership and investors is being launched today which all will contribute to the building cost of £376k.
  • Life Membership will be available at any time in the future.  The same benefits of discounted drinks for life and priority and free use of the function room will apply.
  • Wide membership of the club will ensure that more people will care for the upkeep and wellbeing of the facilities.
  • The club will be run by a General Manager who will be responsible for the day to day running and will be assisted by a committee.
  • The Community Clubhouse will accommodate other sports clubs in the town who do not have a base for meetings and functions.
  • Any other groups and societies will be welcome to use the facilities.

On Promotion

  • Discussions have taken place with the players and we expect to retain the core of the squad should we go up.
  • We have won everything at this level now. It would be refreshing to travel to and see us play new teams rather than standstill in the Northern League for seasons to come.
  • We will always look to give our supporters the best deal in the league whether it be on the price of the replica kit, season tickets and admission or travel.
  • We will look at what the other clubs in the division charge and set our prices to be the lowest in the league.
  • We will also be looking at ways of subsidising travel to away games next season.
  • The original plan to achieve three promotions in the next five years is still the aim.  The Conference North is our target.

On Ground Development

  • As we progress through the leagues and ground requirements change we will become eligible for ground improvement grants.
  • We will be looking to build the two new stands to give us a four sided stadium.
  • The lights are already to conference standard.
  • We are looking to have our own sporting complex on a long term lease by the summer.  This will be a sporting hub which will be used by Spennymoor Youth, the Reserves and the first team as well as the local community.

On the Strips

  • I can confirm that we will be returning to Black and White stripes next season.
  • Rather that changing the strip each year, from next season we will only change the strip every two years taking the pressure off everyone to keep up with the replica kits.

On the FA Vase / Trophy

  • If the rumours about the FA Vase moving to step 4 are true then we would stay in the competition should we be promoted.  However there is nothing to stop us having a good run in the Trophy if that was the competition we end up in.

On a personal note

  • The football club is a business and should be run as such.  I have resigned from a number of Directorships recently to allow me more time to focus on the running of the club.
  • I have been here for five years now and I intend to be here for the next five to see the next phase of the plans through.

Meet the Chairman – Saturday 15th March – Clubhouse Launch.

Monday, March 10th, 2014

brad groves

Spennymoor Town FC Chairman Brad Groves will be holding a Q & A at the club on Saturday 15th March.

The Moors Bar will be open from 12 noon with the session staring at 12:30.

The main purpose of the session is to take questions on the new Community Clubhouse which will be launching its final funding push at the weekend.

However if you have any other questions on the promotion push or any other factors at the club then please feel free to raise them.

Anyone unable to attend can raise a question in advance by either a PM on the forum or by emailing the club and we will ask the chairman on your behalf.

Admission to the ground can be made via the door in the main stand on payment of the game admission fee or by showing your season ticket.

Latest Press Release – New Directors come on board.

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Your Club……Moving forward

Spennymoor Town FC has today released details of the new Directors joining the Football Club.

With the creation of the new company, Spennymoor Town FC Community Clubhouse plc which has been formed to build and operate the new clubhouse, we have seen a step change in the workload in the operation of the club.  The introduction of the new directors will allow the club to spread the workload allowing the club to maintain its momentum for its plan to achieve three promotions in the next five years and to generate the revenue to fuel the drive up the divisions.

Chairman Brad Groves said ‘I am delighted with the new structure for the club which will allow us to have better control of the finances as well as giving us the additional support we need as we take on more developments as we push for  promotion.  We also aim to improve the spectators match day experience further with what we have in store.’

Returning to the board is Billy Beasley who along with Chris Pomfret will both become Director of Commercials, while Phil Ball has joined as Director of Funding and Regeneration.  The fourth new director is Steve Lawson who will be Director of Facilities and Operations.  Finally we will also be joined by Mark Gwilliam who will be Director of Finance.  The new directors will complement current directors Brad Groves and Mike Rowcroft who takes on the roles of Company Secretary and Director of Media and PR.

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