Following Friday’s Meet the Manager & Supporters’ get together, we thought it would make sense to give those who couldn’t attend and our wider group of supporters a general summer update, including items discussed on the night.
The evening began with our supporters addressed by Chairman, John Dowsett and Club Secretary, Martin Giles. It was a great chance to explain some of the developments at the club over what many think are the ‘quiet’ summer months.
The fantastic news from those behind the scenes at Reachfields for all Cannons’ Supporters is that all admission prices and season ticket prices have been frozen and won’t be increasing ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
For those looking to purchase a season ticket, it will mean savings of £57, £38 and £16 for Adults, Concessions and Under 18s respectively.
Negotiations for both new sponsorship deals and for the continuation of existing partnerships have been ongoing throughout the close season, with any new developments to be confirmed in separate press statements as and when they are confirmed.
Also, our programme of pre-season fixtures is now nearing completion and will be released in full in due course.
Finally, it was announced that Commercial Manager, Peter Cuffe would be stepping down as a Director of the club ahead of the coming season due to work commitments, the club would like to place on record its thanks for all of Peter's time and efforts during his time at the club and wish him well in the future.
But of course, supporters were also in attendance to listen to 1st Team Manager, Tim Dixon, his Assistant, Darren Beale and Coach, Kevin Beale.
Tim explained that his management team had known about new signing Stephen Butcher’s potential since he was part of the youth set-up at Gillingham. Originally from Dover, the exciting youngster was described as ‘hard working and a very good footballer, who fits in well to the squad and our philosophy.’
Of course, it was also the first chance for Tim to comment in person on the returning Dan Stubbs, a player that has impressed his new manager every time he has seen him in action in the past, including appearances for Margate, Maidstone and Dover. Dan’s return has been really well received around the club with nobody disagreeing with Tim’s simple description – ‘a real quality footballer and a really good lad.’
There was also a simple and perfectly understandable explanation behind the departure of talented striker, Luke Harvey, who many were hoping would benefit from a full pre-season to kick-start his Reachfields career. Luke and his wife are expecting their second child and Luke understandably is wary of committing to the Ryman South and in it’s travelling times, in particular the midweek trips.
After finally agreeing to stop terrorising our defence whilst playing for the likes of Herne Bay and Faversham over the years, Luke ended up being a popular character during his short time with us. Hopefully he agrees with a lot of us that he has unfinished business as a Cannon.
Tim also mentioned a couple of exciting trialists who will be coming in for pre-season, including an England Schoolboy International, but admitted that after the departure of two of last season’s strikeforce (Harvey and Craig Thompson), he is still on the lookout for someone to support Shaun Welford this coming campaign.
There was also a special mention for the loyalty of John Walker, who in his first appearance of the coming season will officially become the holder of the all-time appearance record at Reachfields.
But the theme of the evening wasn’t just about the development of the 1st Team squad, there was also some really exciting news regarding the links between the Hythe Stars & Stripes youth set-up, our jointly run and much-improved Under 18s side and the links through to the 1st Team squad.
Check back to the website later this week for news on an exciting development regarding the missing piece in the jigsaw in the current set-up at Reachfields!
Originally Published - 23/06/15
Supporters' Group Update
Over last summer, Hythe Town FC had its first get together following the club’s appeal for more of its supporters to become involved with the club. The meeting was well attended despite the World Cup being on the telly!
It was decided that it would be for the best if the Supporters’ Club is allowed to evolve slowly and progress gradually. It was agreed that rather than have a formal Supporters’ Club, with a Chairman and committee etc, the club will begin simply with a Supporters’ Group.
The Supporters’ Group function will allow anyone who expresses an interest in helping the football club to join the group and offer their services as and when they are required. The Supporters’ Representative to the Board, Andrew Johnson, will maintain a contacts list moving forward.
Club Secretary, Martin Giles, mentioned many jobs and responsibilities that we need more assistance with during a typical season. The good news is that we have now formalised a method of keeping in touch with those who are interested in helping the club with such duties.
There was plenty of discussion around fund-raising and bringing like minded Hythe Town FC supporters together in a social environment more often. In the future there will be regular updates from the group via the website and matchday programme. Andrew and all those interested in being involved will be spreading the word on the terraces in the coming months.
In the meantime, the club would like to place on record a thank you to all those who answered our plea at the end of last season. At that moment in time we didn’t have a Supporters’ Group at all, now we are a long, long way into double figures!
Interested? Want to be involved? Please call Andrew Johnson on 07715 251569 (leaving a message if no reply) or contact us via the form at the bottom of this page.
Can YOU Help?
Average attendance at Reachfields this season: 226 (last season 286)
Lowest attendance at Reachfields this season: 115 (last season 153)
Number of supporters/officials who regulary attend home games: Approx 130
Number of supporters/officials who regulary attend away games: Approx 25
Matchday team: 12-15
￼Supporters club/group: 0
Number of board members: 6
For a growing and improving club the figures shown above must get progressively higher year on year. More importantly, when reading the list above, the numbers should get higher from the bottom-up, e.g. there should be more people in the Supporters’ Club than on the Board of Directors and so on.
At a lot of successful clubs at our level the figures are all higher. As you can see, they all need to be/continue to get higher, and the one that stands out is the big fat zero!
Are you able to change that number from zero to one? Are you then able to help it to continue to increase month by month, year on year, in line with the club’s development? Well what would I have to do we hear you ask...
No meetings or minutes, no big decisions, not massive chunks of your time, BUT...
A supporters group would organise and hold fund-raising events such as quiz nights, boot fairs and social events.
A supporters group could help with our match-day operation, stewards, ball-boys, programme sellers, car-park stewards, occasional bar-work, we always end up short every season, in particular at the big one-off games e.g. Folkestone or the FA Cup.
Importantly, a supporters group would have a voice, to begin with in an unofficial capacity, but the future of the club may well be a board supported by a larger sub-committee.
MOST importantly, we need a supporters’ group NOW, not at the start of next season or pre-season, or halfway through the summer, the plans for the 2014-15 season have already started! Our current manpower simply cannot take on any more work, NOW is YOUR chance to make a difference!
Interested? Want to be involved? Please call Andrew Johnson on 07715 251569 (leaving a message if no reply) or contact us via the form below.