The Hednesford Town Independent Travel Club held their Annual General Meeting last Thursday night and Chairman Phil Reybould called for supporters of The Pitmen to follow their team to all corners of the North of England throughout the coming season.
Most Hednesford fans are looking forward to locking horns with local rivals Chasetown and Stafford Rangers but it is easy to forget that some very attractive away days lie in wait for the more discerning supporter next season.
‘We understand that home games are the bread and butter for a lot of Pitmen fans but, as a Club, we have a very passionate and welcoming away support and the Travel Club has become an integral part of that over many years and many miles of following Hednesford Town. This season will be no different and it would be great to welcome newcomers one and all to some exciting away days.’
Rob Smith’s side will travel to popular tourist spots such as Chester, Kendal and Whitby along with the picturesque surroundings at Matlock in the Derbyshire Dales and the big city lights of FC United of Manchester. All away fixtures will see the travel coach stopping off in the town-centre two hours before kick-off to allow fans the opportunity to sample the amenities these interesting towns and cities have to offer.
A friendly and welcoming atmosphere prevails on the coach with regular raffles, super-six score predictors and the customary Man of the Match choice following the match.
The Travel Club operates a Gold Membership which ensures the holder travel on the coach to every away league game during the course of the season (subject to coach being chartered) and an understanding payment structure is put in place to help fans balance their finances. Prices are currently being discussed by the Travel Club and will be publicised in due course.
Hednesford Town Football Club shrugged off their play-off final disappointment with their annual Presentation on Friday night which saw goalkeeper Dan Crane crowned Supporters Association and Manager’s Player Of The Year.
Kyle Patterson was awarded with the Player’s Player Award and also the Travel Club Player of the Year award while Darren Campion received the Hednesford Town Supporters Player of the Year. Danny Quinn’s outstanding scissor kick against Truro City in January was voted as goal of the season as all ticket holders were given a vote after watching a season highlights reel prior to the presentation.
Over one-hundred-and-seventy people turned out to celebrate with the Pitmen squad who finished second in the Zamaretto Premier Division and also won the Red Insure Cup as management team Rob Smith and Larry Chambers signed off a successful season.
Smith enthused, ‘Despite the play-off defeat we know that this Club has made a sizeable step forward this season, both on and off the pitch. Tonight was good to see the team get together as a squad but it was also important to merit the people behind the scenes who have put in so much hard work this season.’
Numerous presentations were made to several people who give up a great deal of time to run Hednesford Town by Club Secretary Terry McMahon. Cath McMahon, Paula Smith, Dorinda Gibbons, Sam Tudor and Michelle Plumb were all rewarded for their work in hospitality, catering, stewarding and office positions. Jon Hawkins was voted Supporters Association Supporter of the Year for his sterling work in producing highlights of matches, Marie O’Boyle was rewarded for her work selling raffle tickets and Dave and Scott Smith received thanks for their work on stadium safety among many other duties.
Jas Singh received the Clubman of the Year award for his work in the commercial department throughout the season, the important on-going assistance of Club Chairman Steve Price and his wife Carol was also noted and the Supporters Association received the Reg Stokes Memorial Shield for the hard work they have put in since December.
Terry McMahon registered his delight at the nights proceedings and looked forward to next season with huge enthusiasm, ‘Tonight’s event has showed how many people have a deep affiliation with our Club and, alongside the brilliant work of Rob and Larry, I am sure that Hednesford Town can continue to improve in all aspects as we move into the next season.’