Some interesting points by the above. The same guy has done the gate for the last ten years, and he has never smiled. Albeit he is there every week and he does it voluntarily. The young family who used to sell the programs are a loss and I have spoken to the dad and asked him to reconsider their position as they are a lovely, hardworking family. The fifty-fifty seller at the moment only does this chore as the previous person had to work on some Saturdays. Must admit, she is a bit full on but you can't fault her commitment as all funds raised go towards away coaches, but everyone is entitled to say 'no thanks'. The food has been an issue for a while, the more choice, the more waste. Also, the task of producing more choice of food would be down to a small group of two people, but I will make sure there is some different food at the Margate game. I'm not sure what Michael meant when he said it feels like a league club, we took over a club that tried to be one and was left with debts of over £100,000 which has been cleared by the club.
We also want people to come to the ground and enjoy themselves because, like all the supporters, it is our hobby as well. Perhaps, at times, I have not been the jolly figurehead of the club, but at times the pressure and responsibility of the day to day fund raising and running of the club affects me personally.
I have been involved in non league football as a player, manager and chairman for 38 years and I can safely say the last three years have been the worst and least enjoyable for me, but in all the dark times, the thing that has kept me going at the club is the supporters and the people behind he scenes.