Travel Club AGM Ends With Call For Support From Chairman

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.

Keeper Crowned Player Of The Year As Pitmen Celebrate Successful Season

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.’

 

 

Cup Final Event raises £1,000 for Japanese Earthquake Appeal

Cannock’s three leading local service groups Rotary, Soroptimists and Lions have held a successful charity fundraising event at the Pitmen’s Cup Final on 12 April.  The three groups had joined with Hednesford Town Football Club to combine their fundraising expertise in aid of the Japanese Earthquake Appeal.

A raffle and bucket collection, together with the proceeds of a previous raffle at the Club, topped off by a personal donation from Football Club Chairman Steve Price raised £1,000.

Commenting on the event, Rotary Club president Peter Barke said: “Steve Price had already supported the event by waiving normal charges and by donating raffle prizes, we’re really grateful to him for the fantastic gesture of rounding up the funds raised to £1,000.”

Trish Mellor and Doug Smith of Soroptimists and Lions respectively added: “The generosity of local businesses (in particular Midland Independent Financial Advisers and AB Windows) has been tremendous.”

Darren Campion wins first Player of the Month Award

The Supporters Association members have nominated Darren Campion as the winner of the inaugaral Player of the Month Award which will be presented prior to the home match on 9th April against Bedford Town FC.

This first presentation of this new award is based on performances over the period from mid February to the end of March and is an accumulation of votes for Man of the Match as cast by members of the HTFCSA.

Kyle Patterson and Nick Wellecomme also figured highly due to their performances in the February/March period but it was Campsta who came with a very strong late run due to some fine recent performances to add to the consistency that he has shown since he joined the club.

The HTFCSA Player of the Month Award will be an important recognition of players performances on an ongoing basis.

Social Networking The Future As Pitmen Move Onto The Net

Hednesford Town Football Club have found their way into social networking with real success this season with a fantastic array of new features aimed at keeping supporters up-to-date with news, views and highlights of recent matches.

Since the beginning of 2011, match highlights have been posted onto the clubs You Tube channel which can be found by searching for Hednesford Town FC @ www.youtube.com. The channel gives supporters who were there the chance to re-visit the best moments of the game and also means fans who weren’t able to attend can still see brilliant goals such as Danny Quinn’s scissor kick to beat Truro in January.

The Facebook page for the club recently reached 1200 friends in the three months since its inception and there are many features included on the page for supporters to look at. The group can be found by searching for Hednesford Town @ www.facebook.com.

This week, for example, has seen the beginning of a series covering the classic 1996-97 run to the FA Cup 4th round with the match highlights being posted of every round right up to the gallant 3-2 defeat to Premier League Middlesbrough at The Riverside.

Another feature of the page is the creation of a Facebook Hall of Fame where friends of the group can vote for their favourite player to be inducted. The first entrant was a certain Scott Cooksey who successfully garnered fifty votes this week. More players will be suggested and be inducted as the season goes by.

Both sites are run by the Hednesford Town Football Club Supporters Association and all supporters of The Pitmen are encouraged to join the association and get involved by contacting Mark Goodwin @ hednesford1880@hotmail.co.uk.

All the social networking aspects of the Supporters Association are grouped together at the newly registered website – www.htfcsa.co.uk.

The next meeting of the Supporters Association is on Thursday 10th February 2011 at Keys Park and begins at 7pm with a committee meeting (with members free to observe if they wish)and will then be opened to all members from 8pm.