Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 77

Richmond Town Richmond Town FOOTBALL CLUB Richmond Town FC is based at Earls Orchard in North Yorkshire and their first team currently competes in the Wearside League. They are led by Chairman Jonathan Rutherford who is supported by Treasurer Bex Lax and the club is looking to progress under their guidance. So far this season they have made a solid start to their league campaign having compiled a record of eight wins, three draws and six defeats from their seventeen matches. This has left them sitting in the top half of the table with twenty seven points on the board. This should provide the team with a solid platform from which to go on and put together a successful season. As long as they are able to retain their current group of players and can perhaps make one or two quality additions they should be in with a good chance of pushing on up the league. One of the highlights of the team’s performances this season has been the attacking brand of football that they have been able to produce. This has been reflected by the fact that they have found the back of the net forty one times at a rate of more than two per game. This will certainly have meant that any supporters attending their matches will have been well entertained and should encourage more of the local community to support the side. This in turn has the potential to provide them with a valuable source of additional revenue which is particularly important in the current financial climate. Richmond Town is not a club to focus solely upon their senior section however and this is reflected by the fact that they also have a number of youth sides in place. This part of the club looks to provide young players from the local community with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach their full potential. It is important for any club looking to be successful over a sustained period to be able to produce their own talent and this is an area they appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting to see how their youngsters are able to progress. Richmond Town does a fantastic job within their local community and deserve tremendous credit for this. Hopefully they will be able to continue in the same manner for many years to come. “The previous manager of our business, Dan Simpson was on the committee at Richmond Town and as a company we are always keen to support the local community so sponsoring the club was an easy decision. We’ve been sponsoring them for around five years now and it’s good to see that they’ve started the season well. Hopefully the team can continue to do well and be challenging for the league title.” Mark Baker, North Yorkshire Timber www.footballfocusmag.com 77