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Barmy Army Communications Officer

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Posted - 09 Jul 2017 :  09:00:21  Show Profile
Hello everyone! Whilst we were looking at ways to keep our fans up to date with not just the major news but also what is going on behind the scenes, it was suggested that I write a regular column in the match programme, and it became quickly apparent that this could be extended to the forum. Some of you will remember the “Linnets Minutes” publication, which whilst looking great, was always going to struggle to give up-to-date information due to design and printing times.

Hopefully this “blog” will bridge the gap between the major news such as signings and building work, and the speculation that always exists around the club, to provide fans with all the background on what is happening at the club.

We can start with the building work, some of you will have seen how the new clubhouse is progressing, and completion date is expected in mid-October, but of course this can change. The new structure will greatly enhance our matchday experience, with everything in the main stadium compound. Of course there are other benefits, and the staff and players will of course have a much shorter journey to the pitch, and we will all have a much easier access to facilities such as refreshments and toilets etc.

On the pitch, the players have been training hard, and the morale in the camp is high. The lads put in a decent shift at Conwy, and the trialists also slotted in nicely. There will be some new signings to announce soon, to compliment the squad retained from last term.

Everybody at volunteer level has been working their socks off pre-season, and Chris and Dave have the pitch looking great. Spenny is heading up the maintenance team, and you will see there has been a lot of painting and cleaning done inside the stadium. Thanks to the generosity of one of the Trust Board, the final green perimeter panels are purchased and will hopefully be in place soon (some are still available for sponsorship!).

Fundraising will soon be in full flight, and Lee Chez is pulling together all the various ideas with the fundraising team. The 200 Club will be of vital importance, please read the latest press release to see how to get involved. There are many other initiatives on the way. The new blood on the Trust Board (Mike, Tracy, Lee and most recently James, along with Club Secretary Steve) have given us all a boost, as well as fresh outlook and ideas.

Great news continues to pour out of the Junior and Ladies teams. This year we will be running a youth team, and they will compete in the West Cheshire League Youth Division, and the Juniors have also been selected to feature on BBCs Match Of The Day “KickStart” show, so national coverage is beckoning for the youngsters and The Millbank Linnets Stadium! The programme airs on BBC1 TV on a Saturday morning (quite early) so as soon as we have details from Ciaran and the Juniors we will let you know.

In the next week or two we will be getting new squad pictures done, with the players sporting our new Macron kit that will be showcased in the home friendlies. Once the pictures are ready (and in some cases photo-shopped haha), we will be able to update the squad page with everyone that has sponsored a player for the new season (again there are a few left to sponsor, but I am conscious not to turn this communication into a sales pitch!). Our new Match Programme Editor Ellis has produced a programme to cover the three friendlies, we’re all looking forward to seeing his first publication, and again great to see new volunteers helping at the club.

So, there’s a general overview to get us kicked off, I will endeavour to make the blog a weekly event (or more regular if there’s big news!) and of course you can chat to me or any club official whenever you like! We will be putting a board in the new clubhouse with pictures of people involved and their roles so that fans can quickly identify the right person to answer a specific query. There’s also the “Contact Us” section of this website if you have a question or concern.

See you soon
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