A good afternoon and warm welcome to the players, supporters and officials of Garforth Town FC.
This is our first home of the new year and I would like to firstly thank everyone for their all of their sup-port in what was a memorable and challenging year in 2017, and wish you all the best for 2018.
Firstly, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Ian Cotton and his management team for all of their support over the past 12 months. Ian has been an incredible support to the club and one of the best “club men” you could wish for, and we were sad that he was unable to bring us the success he desperately wanted to with his resignation this week. Ian was there for the club , as well as a new group of players who came to the club, to stop it folding in January last year. Over the past 12 months he has given it a real go in what is a challenging Step 5 league. Certainly luck hasn’t gone our way this season. We hope Ian will be able to continue to play a role at the club and he will always be welcome here. We owe a lot to Ian, his management and the players.
Moving forward, I am delighted to welcome Jamie Hardwick to the club as the new manager.
We are absolutely delighted to appoint Jamie. He has a fantastic reputation and vast experience in football. He understands the ethos of our club and is a very successful qualified coach. The club has been a big part of his life having played for us as part of a very successful play-ing career and he also lives locally. He has set up and worked at acade-mies, identifying and developing local talent that has moved onto to be very successful in the game. I am hoping that the current set of play-ers will certainly benefit from his experience.
Jamie brings with him very strong credentials within the game as a UEFA A qualified coach, running a successful 16-18 academy at Mans-field Town as the performance Group Lead, and as a successful player at senior levels of football. Jamie is a former professional foot-baller having signed terms at Boston United before is career was cruelly cut short due to injury at the age of 23. He is also a former Nottingham-shire football coach of the year.
Under Jamie’s leadership, Mansfield Town have been consecutive league winners with the development squad for the 2015/16 & 2016/17 seasons and Jamie has also led successful academies at other clubs during his long career in football.
He has a vision of success, knows what is required by the supporters and we will assist him as much as we can. The last year has been very challenging for the club but we are now well set up to ensure that the club can keep driving its values of being closely linked with the com-munity, future talent and competing at the highest level we can in a sustainable way
Over the past year we have also continued to build great relation-ships with the Colts teams and Ja-mie, having been a former Chairman of the Colts, will be a key link. We have some projects which we are investigating with the Colts and I’m really excited for the future. Jamie will help to play a key role in this.
I wish Jamie and his team all the best for the future. We will do all we can together to make the club as successful as we can in a sustainable way and be one the community can be proud of.
Lastly, a big call out to our Grounds-man Rob Sprigg. He has worked very hard on the pitch and it’s looking as good as I’ve seen it for a long time and is also working with us on some additional projects to help us grow. Thanks Spriggy.
I hope you enjoy today’s game.