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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

It’s show time

A GOOD away win at Ebbsfleet last weekend has set up a fantastic game against unbeaten league leaders Wrexham at Furness Building Society Stadium tomorrow.

Police and club reports tell us between 350 and 450 Wrexham fans are attending, which will make a great atmosphere inside the ground.

We need to do what we did in beating Fleetwood – grab the game from the first minute. With your help we can do that, so please make the effort to come down and let’s keep this great start to the season going.

Looking at the next three home games (Wrexham, Mansfield and Lincoln) makes me realise how far the club has come. It’s only a few years ago we would have been celebrating being paired with clubs like these in an FA Cup draw. Now we are playing and competing against them in league matches.

Daz and Dave have put together a good, young squad this season, showing real potential and playing attractive football.

We do have some injury concerns, but as a squad we have the cover this. Probably the best signing of the season has been new physio Sean Riley. He is different class and doing a fantastic job of getting players fit and ready for games.

A good physio is a critical part of a football club’s set-up and financially can make a huge difference. If the physio can get players back in action it means you don’t have to go out and get others in to cover them.

Sean is loving it here and feels right at home. So any fans that get the chance, say hello and show your appreciation and recognition for the work he is doing.

Off the field, the club this week became part of the new health campaign ‘Love your Life, Live your Life’ campaign, run in conjunction with the Evening Mail. The aim is to promote healthy living as we move towards next year’s London Olympics.

The club have responsibilities to the whole community in every area.

Following a number of meetings with Craig Rutherford (Barrow AFC community development officer), he is clear on where we need to focus.

Craig has worked hard on a revised business plan, which he will deliver with the support of his coaching network.

Also, our study centre, headed by Jill Jepson, which was, as you know, at threat last year, will be running its first courses next week. This is fantastic news.

We have committed to making the centre viable following the loss of all the funding. We are doing this at present by working as and when funding, both public and private comes along again. This is key to the long-term sustainable community strategy for the club. I’d like to thank Craig and Jill for their continued commitment.

Tomorrow, as always, there is live football on in the Crossbar before and after our game (3pm kick-off). Please make the effort and come for a pint, it’s always a great atmosphere.Also tomorrow, we have a promotion on a new premium lager, so there’s even more reason to try us out.

See you there.

TONY KEEN

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