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