Where has the Summer gone?

It has been an extremely busy pre season here at Cherrywood Road with much improvement having been made.

We now look forward to the forthcoming campaign, which kicks off on Saturday against Wycombe Wanderers, the game kicks off at 3pm, and not that locals will need reminding but it is the Farnborough Airshow this weekend so do allow just a little extra travel time in getting to the ground.

In a similar vein to Spencer and the playing squad we are very much “work in progress” and there will still be a number of projects “ongoing” as we enter the new season.

The big one of course is the continuation of the PRE Stand, the work has really moved on over the last few weeks and we are  in a position to start installing the sheets to the roof and side panels, now we have received the materials, this will commence again tomorrow (Friday).

Due to Health & Safety considerations we will not be allowed to use this area whilst work continues and we thank you in advance for your understanding, with the continued works the stand now becomes “regulated” and will require a General Safety Cerificate issued by Hampshire County Council, and work on this application is well underway, once the stand is complete and the certification is granted we will have the full benefit of use of the magnificent structure.

Due to works where the MRE meets the SWAN the Boro Burger Kitchen nor the scoreboard will be in operation for at least the first few matches, additional staff have been drafted in for the catering provision adjacent to the club shop whilst this work continues.

We have made a few amendments to the match day operation, the bar front doors will now be open from 12 noon, this allowing supporters to enter the bar before entering the ground, to manage this process match tickets will now be issued and it is imperative that you retain your match ticket as this will need to be shown to gain access into and out of the bar.

Turnstiles will now open at 1.30pm on a Saturday and 6.30pm on a midweek fixture, and we encourage supporters not to leave it to the last minute to enter via the turnstiles.

We are also trialing an improved system for the car park, this has been a problematic process in the past and we hope the changes will make things a little easier for supporters accessing and egressing the ground.

Human nature dictates that people have resistance to change but please bear with us as we believe the changes we have made will enhance the match day experience.

We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Cherrywood Road for the new campaign.