Chairman’s reflection of 2017

The first half of the year saw Farnborough FC pushing for promotion into the EVO-STIK SOUTHERN PREMIER. After a fantastic performance in the Semi-Final, beating the most in-form club in the league EGHAM TOWN 4-0, we went into the Play-Off Final against favourites Barton Rovers. In-front of a bumper home crowd, goals by Perry Coles & Jamie Cureton helped secure promotion. It was a special day not only for the club, but especially for you the supporters. Throughout the season on the good days and bad days you supported not only the players, but your club with the Boost the Boro scheme. With your help the club was able to assemble and keep a promotion winning squad; without doubt you were the TWELETH MAN. On behalf of the club I would like to thank each and every one of our great supporters for your support and donations to the Boost the Boro scheme.

With promotion secured, the hard work both on and off the pitch began. We conducted much needed maintenance of the ground, as well as repairs due the high level of mindless vandalism. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for all your hard work during the summer and your continued help to date. A special mention must go to both KEVIN DYER & PHIL MARTIN for their outstanding effort ensuring the up keep of our fantastic stadium.

With the club slowly moving forward off the pitch after finally sorting out the historic financial problems, it’s important we continue to operate in a professional and affordable manner. In the Summer, it was my role as Chairman to set a realistic budget for the Manager. Taking into account our attendances at home matches, as well as donations from the Boost the Boro scheme from last season, a budget was agreed with the management. However, since the start of this season our attendance has fallen away and the income for home games is well below last season’s average. FaST are working hard to raise the awareness of the Boost the Boro scheme again this season. It goes without saying that more income at home games would help secure the budget for the remainder of the season and beyond. So win, lose or draw, as loyal fans please attend the games and if you can afford it, please help Boost the Budget too.

As Chairman of such a great club my duty is to make sure the long term security of Farnborough Football Club is the target. As one, this football will continue to grow and move forward.

All that is left for me to say is on behalf of everyone connected with Farnborough Football Club; we wish each and every single supporter and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your continued support once again this year and we look forward to seeing you in 2018. If you haven’t seen a home game in a while come and see us on New Year’s Day as we face Basingstoke Town at the The Rushmoor Community Stadium.

Simon Gardener
Chairman of Farnborough Football Club

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