Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 41

Fleet Town Fleet Town FOOTBALL CLUB Twitter: @FCFleetTown | Facebook: @FLEETTOWNFC | Website: www.fleettownfc.co.uk Fleet Town FC was officially formed in 1890, making it the oldest sports club in the town. 2017-18 sees the club enter its 16th consecutive season at this level and brings new challenges as it looks for stability and progress under the new management team of Steve Dormer and Andy Hunt. Alec Grant, Chairman For the last sixteen seasons, the Club, which is affiliated to the Hampshire FA, has maintained its status playing in Step 4 of the Football League in England & Wales and plays in the Southern League, now known as the Evo-Stik League South, in the East Division. As of the 25th September 2017 I became the Club’s new Chairman and besides thanking the committee for their faith in me I would like to say a big thank you to Chris Arnold who, following the tragic demise of Steve Cantle, stood up to the plate as acting Chairman for nine months. I can only imagine how difficult that time would have been for all those involved with the club. I am a dedicated supporter of local football in my home town but when I moved to Fleet from the West Country I was promptly seconded away to Barrow-in- Furness. Eventually on my return Fleet Town FC came to my attention via Richard Whittington our Secretary. However, my credentials for Chairman stem from my career in business and it is in this area that I believe I can add most value to the Club. I am absolutely committed to making this a vibrant community club and would like to see a return of many previous events and competitions. I am convinced the management team will get it right on the pitch but their success will be dependent on the revenue we can raise from our facilities for which we have significant plans for improvement. We are fortunate to have some very substantial sponsorship including the Frankii Foundations ground, the Brackenwood stand and Domino Pizzas in conjunction with Surrey Hire for the first team strip. Many local businesses also take banners around the ground and we are extremely grateful to them as they give the club a community feel. In Steve Dormer and Andy Hunt we have a very competent and passionate management team. Steve and Andy have experience at our level of football together with extensive knowledge and contacts, both locally and within the game. With virtually an entirely brand new squad of players, the team have already shown in pre-season games that they are coming together as a team and that we can produce winning www.footballfocusmag.com 41