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Chairman’s Blog, June 1st 2018

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_The Fans Forum held at Poole Stadium on 31st May was every bit as positive an occasion as I could have wished for. A huge thank you to Shaun Spencer –Perkins for making the facilities available and I guess an even bigger thank you to the 80/90 or so supporters who attended and contributed so fully to a great evening’s discussion.

I was able to introduce (as if he needed that!) Taffy Richardson as our new assistant manager and head coach. Taffy is fully committed and will be a breath of fresh air at the Club – he is a proven winner and knows the Club inside out already, a great appointment.

The second appointment announced was to reveal a new physio in the shape of Tom Curtis-Bennett. Tom has been associated with the Club for a while now and has fully deserved the opportunity of becoming the first team physio. The enthusiasm of both Taffy and Tom is infectious.

The other Tom (Killick) answered questions honestly and reiterated his determination to put last season’s memory firmly behind us and focus fully on getting straight back to NLS next season ideally by lifting the title. The squad we finished last season with was the strongest group of players that we were able to field all season and so nearly got us out of the mire-with a fit Jack Dickson and a fit and raring to go Luke Roberts coupled with the nucleous of the rest that are on two year contracts augmented by a quality new signing or two we are in good shape for the season ahead. Terms have now been agreed with Warren Bentley who was out of contract at the end of the season.

Dan Herrington the new Reserve team manage spoke with great pride re his talented team-last season’s flagship U18s and it is expected that several will feature on merit in the senior side next season.

The meeting was told of extensive remedial works being carried out to the pitch and also of a new irrigation system being installed.

Volunteers were urgently requested for both the summer “spring clean” at the ground and on match days-Please we so need help in these areas.

Vice-Chairman Richard Gale spoke proudly of the extent to which the Club a=was extending its links within the community with our ”Kids initiative” and Mav Kopczewski stressed the ongoing need for sponsorship/advertising revenue to keep the Club afloat.

Many supporters eagerly gave me their season ticket payments!

All in all a superb evening discussing all things Poole Town with a committed bunch of 24 carat supporters.

I thank you all and can’t wait for that first friendly on 14th July v Torquay.

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