Firstly, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a massive thank you to you all for the tremendous support you have shown towards the club yet again this year. We continue to set new records both on and off the field and none of this would be possible without you, the supporters, who play such an important part in the success of the club. This is proven by our average attendances increasing from 200 in the UCL to 245 in The Calor League, which is the third highest to date.
2013 was a milestone for the club, not only was it our 125th anniversary but also saw the first sale of a player to the then Conference Premier side Newport County. This year we set another one in May when we achieved promotion to Step 4 of the football pyramid, an achievement never before done in our clubs long history. Since we have entered The Calor League in August we have more than held our own and we currently sit a very respectable 10th place. This season has always been about consolidation and understanding the level of our new league, a target we think we are achieving and can be very proud of that fact.
On the field Warren and Jez continue to build on their successful squad and I am sure they will lead us to a respectable finish in our first campaign. Off the field there is so much good work being done by so many people, to name a few Lillian, Gareth and Maureen for the superb job they do with the hospitality in the Board Room, Tracey and Louisa behind the bar and of course Steve, Dave and Fizzer for their work on the pitch.
On the ground move whilst our planning permission has been initially rejected, which was something we anticipated and we still have a team continually working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we explore every avenue and meet the requirements requested of us by the local council. A move away from the ProEdge Westwood Road is still a very real possibility in the future.
It would be amiss of us not to mention Warren and Jez’s milestone of 600 games at the helm of the First Team, Dan Newman and Will Fordham playing over 500 games for the club and the return of Jason King this season has seen him reach 200 appearances in the black and white shirt. Also Lee Ellison, David Cobb, Stuart Cobb and Jordan Lambert reaching 100 appearances during the course of the year, all fantastic achievements.
Yes 2013 has been another successful year in our great clubs history and we are sure greater achievements will follow in the coming years.
Once again we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2014.
Up the Ives.
Sheldon Francis & Paul Reason
St Ives Town FC