Southern Connections 2005/6

Reflections At The End Of The Season

29/Apr/2006 (Hereford) - Alastair Smith

As another season draws to a close it is time to reflect on the last nine months. Had you said we would finish in 7th position last August, I am sure everybody connected with York City would have snapped your hand off. However, Billy managed to pull a side together that was not far short of the play-offs, and over the season the team have provided a real roller coaster of a ride. Billy always talked about a three year plan, so hopefully we can build on this season, and do even better next year. Thank you Billy and all the team members.

Unfortunately, it is off the field that we appear to have the same old story. Supporters are criticising the Club board and JMP, Trust board members are resigning on matters of principle, and there are personal criticisms of a number of people appearing in print that should not be. Unfortunately I live 275 miles from York and this limits my opportunities to stand for the Trust, therefore, I have to put my “Trust” in those that are on the Trust and Club Boards. I have to believe that both bodies are working in the best interest of York City FC, and my hope is that once the best option has been identified, that it is put to the Trust Membership in a clear and open way so that the membership can make the correct decision for York City FC.

What we have witnessed off the field in the last month or so has not been beneficial to the club and it needs resolving well before the start of next season. Billy and his players do not need that kind of distraction. We want to be reading of great performances and victories rather than two camps arguing over ownership of the club. Let us all work together to build a solid foundation for the future of our club.

NEXT Social Evening - 11th May 2006. Please check our website for details of our next social evening on THURSDAY 11 MAY 2006 from 7.45 pm - everyone welcome. We will hold our Annual General Meeting followed by our Annual Quiz (with thanks to Chris Forth). We meet at THE OLD DOCTOR BUTLER'S HEAD [in the upstairs function room], 2 Masons Avenue, London EC2 5BT. The pub is situated in a narrow street which can be reached from either Basinghall Street or Coleman Street [close to the Guildhall]. Nearest tube stations are BANK [suggest use exit one] and ST PAULS [both on the Central Line]; or MOORGATE [on the Northern, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines]. Some limited street parking available in Coleman Street [at Moorgate end]. Lots of real ales on offer! Pub telephone number 020 7606 3504. Everyone welcome. I would also like to thank all the staff [including the two Managers during this season - Michael and Amy] at the 'Old Doctor Butlers Head' for all their support and help with our regular social evenings. Thank you 'Old Doctor Butlers Head'.

SUMMER outings. And what will York City South members be doing over the summer months? Yorkshire Cricket Club play Middlesex at Southgate between June 7th and 10th and we expect a number of our members to be in attendance. Then it will be on to planning for the 2006/7 season, hoping that our roller coaster has more, and higher, ups than downs!

More information? Please check our website or contact Alastair Smth our branch chairman on 01903 813557.

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