Welcome to the start of the 2010/11 season. As many of you will know this has been a difficult summer for Salisbury City FC. In July we provided an update on our website so that supporters and sponsors were clear about the challenges facing the club.
You will now be aware of the considerable efforts made over the last twelve months to save the Whites financially. To then be hit with the Football Association ruling that saw us demoted two leagues was a severe blow, especially as soon after our punishment was announced the rules were altered so that other clubs will not face the same penalty.
In the years prior to the existing Board’s arrival the club was consistently making an operating loss exceeding £200,000 per year. Clearly this is not sustainable and the Directors, whilst injecting funds to keep the club alive, feel there is a need to structure the club so that it is more financially viable.
During the summer there have been a number of off the field changes. Amongst those to leave the club have been Nick Holmes and Tommy Widdrington – both made a significant contribution to the development of the club on and off of the field and we wish them both well for the future.
We are pleased to have been able to appoint Darrell Clarke as our new Player/Manager and Mikey Harris as Assistant Manager. There was considerable interest in the position of Football Manager with strong applications from a number of experienced managers, it was therefore a robust process that led to Darrell and Mikey’s appointment. Individually and collectively they demonstrated to the Board that they have the desire to succeed and continue the tradition of attractive football at this club.
The loss of many of the players from last season’s squad has meant that Darrell and Mikey have needed to bring in a number of new faces. The hard work they have put in with these players has been rewarded with some good performances in the pre-season fixtures, with promising signs that the team is developing well. Clearly the loss of Matt Tubbs was a big blow to our squad – we wish him and the other departing players well for the future.
Other changes during the summer saw the arrival of Paul Fredericks as the new Chief Executive. Paul is working with his team to develop the commercial and community aspects of the club. A key element in developing the vision for the long-term strategy of Salisbury City FC is the ability to maximise the potential for using the club’s facilities and creating strong links with the wider community.
This year we have a new strip, the Board would like to thank Ask Eric, Dean Collingwood Medical Services and Cara Glass for their sponsorship of the kit.
Finally it is good to welcome the Directors, staff and players of Stourbridge to our first home fixture of the season. We look forward to visiting them in January.
William Harrison-Allan, Chris Brammall, Jeff Hooper, Paul Fredericks