Welcome to the 2020/21 Season

It seems to have been an exceedingly long and difficult time since we went to Cowes for the ‘Fleet Away Day’. We all enjoyed a fine day with a pulsating 4-4 draw, the Ferry, the seaside, and a hospital stop: all in a day’s work at Fleet Town FC. The world, the country, the leagues and football have changed a good deal since then and will continue to do so.

After a season of positives and negatives on the pitch, we found ourselves again in a position of re-building but this time with the experience of last season’s improvements. Dave Kelly and his team have put together a strong player, management, and coaching combination for the forthcoming season – a good balanced mixture of new and old.

None of this would have been possible without the incredible support that has been provided to the club by the fans, the committee, volunteers, sponsors, and local businesses. During last season and this difficult close season, when the club has been closed for business, the following activities have been addressed by all of these people:

GoFundMe page – Survival of Uncertainty,  which made its target – thank you all, successful grant applications, floodlights upgrade, club-house decoration and maintenance,  changing rooms decoration and maintenance, fencing surrounds painting and repairs, pitch maintenance (to keep the excellent standard we achieved in the previous season ), VAT Refund, fire doors installed and many, many other areas. Many thanks to each and every person who has contributed money, time, effort, goods and advice or guidance. It is appreciated and recognised by everyone at the Club.

Clearly the Football Club is not just about the first team on the pitch, but about the Community it serves. To this end the links with the Under 18 Youth team, Fleet Colts, the Ladies team, Ladies Under 18s and Girls teams have been strengthened as we have addressed the COVID-19 uncertainties together. So please go and support these teams when you can. Details are on the individual team websites. Additionally, many new Community based initiatives are being actively discussed.

Two points then before I close:

*    Volunteers are the lifeblood of non-League football clubs and without you we cannot survive. If there is anybody who would like to volunteer to help on match day or with any other aspect of the club’s operation, then please contact:

          secretary@fleettownfc.co.uk

*       Let me know your favourite moment of last season.

          Mine was a certain overhead goal scored in a Cup replay at Farnham to help win the tie – fantastic!!

Enjoy the season ahead and let’s hope for plenty of goals, good entertainment and a fair share of victories for all of our teams.

Please all be careful, keep safe and enjoy your football

Tom Thorne