Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 74

Hurst Green FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/FOOTYFOCUSMAG Hurst Green FOOTBALL CLUB Hurst Green FC has made a fine start to the new season with both their first and reserve teams going well. Football Focus Magazine recently caught up with their Chairman Elliott Taylforth and Secretary Sam Hayes to find out more. FF: How long have you been involved and what first attracted you to the club? SH: I played for the club a few years ago to help out for half a season and we ended up winning the Lancashire Cup and the club really got a hold of me. A couple of years later, thanks to the manager at the time, convinced me to step down a few levels and play for the ‘Green Army’. It was the first season that this little, great club had taken a step up to the West Lancashire League – and a journey we’ve been on together ever since. We won the league at the first time of asking and were promoted to the 1st Division – this was a massive achievement at the time and we are proud of what we’ve accomplished in the past four seasons. I knew this was the club where I would end up finishing my playing career and now this season taking over the Club Secretary role, means I’ll be staying on to do what I can, to help the next generation at San Smithy Row. ET: My Father reformed the club in the 60’s, after a brief hiatus. He was club 74 Issue 75 secretary from then until he died (when I was 18). I’ve been involved since I was born and I am now carrying the torch, previously as secretary and now as chairman. FF: What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your role? SH: For me at present, it is balancing both on field and off field activities. Being the Club Secretary is still new to me, but with a great committee – everyone ‘chips in’ to help each other out. My other focus is still playing at my age and leading by example on the pitch! I’m loving the football at the moment, as we have a great management team for both our first team and reserves, and the players really give everything to the cause. ET: Dealing with bureaucracy! The higher up the football ladder you climb, the more red tape there seems to be! As for rewarding aspects – seeing a small club punching well above its weight, and how much pleasure that gives to the small but supportive community. And hearing a big name like Will Greenwood name drop us in the National media! FF: How’s the general mood down at the club at the moment? SH: Top Notch! The mood throughout the club is great – from top to bottom. The players get to play on the best surface in the league, coupled with