We would like to wish everyone connected with the Club a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, let’s hope that 2021 will be a far better one for us all and we see a slight upturn towards normality.
Reflecting back over 2020 it will be a year that will remain in all of our memory banks for a very long time, but for all the wrong reasons. It has been very difficult for everyone in the community. So many of our fans have been at the centre of the battle against COVID-19 and many immersed in heartbreak as their loved ones have past on. Only in the last few weeks we have learnt of former player Gwylfa Thomas and ex-Chairman Geoff Chinnock who both lost their lives, they will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure to have known them.
It has been a year of huge upheaval and adjustment. We have seen major changes in the Board with resignations for personal reasons and the election of new Board members. There was also the suspension of the season to contend with.
While the high profile media coverage of Marcus Rashford’s campaign has brought the Nations attention to the needs of children, little Betty Allinson the daughter of Hendon Manager Lee Allinson and his wife Faye can also be congratulated. As 5 years old Betty cycled a mile every day whatever the weather, for 100 days wearing a different football shirt each day. She raised over £33,000 for the Hospice where her Granmother works and was nominated for an Unsung Hero award at SPOTY. It’s the efforts of heroes like Marcus and Betty that show the spirit and determination within the community that we all need to get through these difficult times.
There are more heroes we all need to thank – the NHS workers, Army personnel involved in the local mass testing, key workers including delivery drivers, supermarket staff and many others we may have taken for granted until now. I think we all need to consider how we can make a difference to people’s lives and put something back into our own community. We are building a family orientated club with a strong community emphasis and a comfortable environment for everyone that visits the MetCoaches Community Stadium.
Coping with all the changes – brought about by COVID-19 – has been a huge challenge for everyone at the Club and we hope that the vaccine will have a massive impact and we can start to welcome fans back to the ground as we slowly start moving on the path to a full recovery.
Despite the challenges that we have faced it is testimony to our volunteers and the Club’s staff, for keeping the Club’s principles alive. As fans your continued financial support has been vital in helping us through this turbulent period.
However, there is still a long way to go and we know that most of our supporters fully understand the current restraints that we are under, but once again we are in full lockdown mode until the Welsh Senedd deem that it is once again safe to open the hospitality sector. We are fortunate that we have excellent supportive sponsors and we know that together we will all be able to find a way to navigate our way to next season.
There may be an element of doom and gloom to what we have to face as a Club at present, but together we will do our best to take it on and beat it.
Let’s get our priorities right and make sure that we all stay safe and stick to the protocols laid down by the First Minister’s Cabinet.