From the Boardroom: Ramsbottom United (4th November)

The 'From the Boardroom' column for the home game against Ramsbottom United at the Flamingo Land Stadium on Saturday 4 November written by vice-chair Fred Firman.

Fred presents Dave Merris with his MoM award

Good afternoon everyone and a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Ramsbottom United FC to the Flamingo Land Stadium for our Evo-Stik North fixture this afternoon, we hope you enjoy your day.

Coincidentally, Ramsbottom was the very first away fixture that Trevor and I attended last season as newly co-opted Board members. A little nervous of making sure we complied with league etiquette, we found our way to the board room at half-time and were made very welcome. During that half-time interval between munching on sandwiches and drinking tea we were given an overview of their "no nonsense" approach to running a football club. It was valuable learning for us and we often refer back to that conversation about the "Ramsbottom way" when considering things around the running of the club.

You may be wondering why you are reading these notes from me so allow me to explain. Following the recent AGM and board changes Trevor asked me if I would accept the position of vice-chair alongside my previous board responsibilities. I was of course proud to accept, but before my mind had time to contemplate this any further, he deftly added "oh and I am away for the whole of November...."

Whilst the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Cup will be lingering with us this weekend, especially with Hyde being featured as one of the live games on TV, it did have a beneficial impact on our absent chairman's home life. Prior to taking on the position of chairman he had promised his wife Jane he would take her on holiday this month and the flight was booked for the 1st of November. If we had beaten Hyde, he would have had to go home and tell her he wasn't going on the flight! I'm sure you can imagine that conversation being almost as difficult for Trevor as it would have been entertaining for the rest of us.
I hope you will join me in hoping Trevor and Jane enjoy their long break in the sun, it is very well deserved, The job of chairman involves being required seven tireless days a week and a lot of support and understanding on the home front. I am sure that along with our board and volunteers we can keep the ship afloat for the month ahead, although there may not be quite as many radio interviews or handshaking opportunities compared to which we have become accustomed! 
On a serious note, in Trevor's absence we will be looking to maintain the momentum off the field to try and deliver the stadium improvement project in the shortest possible timescales and supporting Steve and the team in maintaining the momentum on it as we approach another critical part of the season.
Bon voyage Mr & Mrs Trev & Up the Boro!
Fred Firman
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