WITH the Seagulls playing their final game of the season at home to promotion hopefuls Scarborough on Saturday (April 22), chairman Dave Titchiner gives his observations on the campaign:
END OF SEASON CHAIRMAN’S NOTES
WELL, what a season this has been from the opening day, to the last kick of this term. Results have varied, players and managers have come and gone and the Bay have finished in a respectable league position.
From a Chairman’s point of view I would like to thank everyone from our loyal supporters and to all the volunteers and helpers who contribute to make this great little club ‘tick’.
To single anyone out would seem a little unfair, but a couple of people who I think deserve special mention are Bryan Kelly (Kit Manager), and Elfyn Jones (Groundsman).
To Bryan for his unstinting work in washing and drying the kit, sweeping the dressing rooms, cleaning the showers, organising the right kit to take to away games and no end of other chores which he does without question.
Bryan, you’re an absolute gem!
Elfyn puts in so many hours working on the pitch that it’s hard to keep track and I’m sure you have all noticed the difference.
Also, we have not had a single postponement here at Llanelian Road which I think speaks volumes for his groundsmanship.
On Christmas Day last year both Bryan and Elfyn worked at the ground, Bryan to get the kit ready for the Boxing Day game, and Elfyn to cut and mark the pitch for the same fixture.
That is dedication!
We also recognise the efforts of all our regular volunteers, our head steward Dilwyn Roberts. Steward and sometimes odd job man, Dave Dicken. To Phil Cross and Emma Marsden and John Roberts. To our programme seller Richard and to Sheila and Tommy in the club shop. To our bar staff and the sometimes long hours they work when functions are in full swing. Cheers Chris, Hayley and her café staff. To Donna and her assistants, and to Tim Channon for his excellent work on match reports and social media.
On the playing side of things, it was disappointing having to part company with Paul Moore, but things that were going on behind the scenes were becoming more and more unacceptable and as a consequence his departure was unavoidable.
Phill Hadland stepped in to the breach and considering the pressure that was put on him, I think he has done a marvellous job. He has brought in the right players to do a job for us and on the whole he has lived up to his promise and can only go from strength to strength.
Phill inherited a team that had major flaws both on and off the pitch and his work to put things right and move the club in the right direction has proved to be the right decision. We went through a spell where the results flattered the opposition and did not reflect the effort of the Bay team.
Those that don’t follow the team to away games just see the final result and make their own judgement on it. What I would ask is that all Bay supporters for the coming season, whenever they can, is to book a seat on the coach and follow the club to away games. Good banter on the coach and I’m sure you will have a great day out. Trefor Jones puts in some excellent work for the club, organising coaches for our away games, keeping people informed of travel arrangements and sometimes organising the driver’s route! Trefor, long may you do it.
After Paul Moore left and Phill took over it took thirteen games to get the first win, and what a way to do it by beating the then league leaders Lancaster City 2 – 0. We all witnessed a committed Bay team who were prepared to go the extra mile, a team of players who were prepared to put a boot in when it mattered and a bunch of lads who were prepared to work for each other and not give in. This performance reassured me that the right managerial decision had been made.
Dave Hughes worked as Phill’s assistant for a short while but reverted back to being Chief Scout and Graeme Taylor took over Dave’s roll in the dug-out. Eventually Dave Hughes resigned as did Rick Ward and the club wish them well for the future.
Looking forward to next season and the possibilities that come with it. There will be no managerial changes although how the team will look like at the start of the campaign remains to be seen.
Behind the scenes, I would welcome more new faces and more people to get involved with the club, not just by way of support but people to help out as stewards and ball boys. In fact, if you think you can help out in any way within the club, then please get in touch.
Finally, Colwyn Bay FC would like to put on record their sincere thanks to Four Crosses Construction for their very generous financial sponsorship and we look forward to having them alongside us for some time to come.
A big vote of thanks also goes out to all our other sponsors who have generously given their sponsorship to the club. To the people who buy the team sheets, to the people who take their chances in the half time raffle and to the supporters who buy a programme at each home game. But most of all to you, the supporters who follow the fortunes of the club both home and away.
Let’s all get together and make next season one to remember!!
Four Crosses Construction. Independence Solutions. Bay of Colwyn Town Council. Broadway Garage. Colwyn Fireplace. Thornley Leisure Parks. Bay View. R.W. Roberts & Son. Llandrillo Menai. RLD. Linney Cooper. TPH. julecomservice.
MEANWHILE Saturday’s final game could be played in front of Bay’s biggest home crowd of the season as Scarborough are expecting to bring a big following as they chase a win that would guarantee them their place in the play-offs.
A crowd of 700 saw their Easter Monday victory over Tadcaster which lifted them back into the top five, but with Trafford and Glossop North End looking to take advantage of any slip up, Scarborough know they need a victory to be safe.
The Seagulls, whose previous highest gate this season was 316 against Trafford on Boxing Day, have major injury doubts over Gareth Grant (knee) and top scorer Jamie Rainford (hamstring), but will want to finish the season with a strong performance.
The Player of the Season awards will be held in the clubhouse after the game.
THE Reserves suffered a 2-0 defeat away to bottom side Llanrwst United on Thursday evening (April 20) in their penultimate game in the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Reserve Division.
Llanrwst led at half-time with Jamie Turner penalty and scored a second from Jordan Jarvis after 73 minutes.
Bangor City clinched the title with a 2-1 win at Llanrwst on Tuesday.