There has never been a better time to follow Spennymoor Town Football Club.
The ambition on and off the pitch is unparalleled, with exciting new signings and ground developments accelerating the club’s evidently bright future.
With seven days left to purchase your season ticket for the 2019/20 season, we propose seven reasons why you should take the plunge and follow the Moors this year!
1 | The new pitch
It’s been a busy summer at The Brewery Field, with work ongoing on a new Football League standard pitch. It’s no secret that Moors have been plagued by postponements and disruptions over the years, and after dealing with the source of the issues over the last six months, it has been decided to start from scratch and install a state-of-the-art pitch befitting of a club with ambitions to progress up the football pyramid.
Work began in the last week of May to completely strip layers off the surface and reduce the gradient from South to North. New irrigation systems and 20 pop-up sprinklers have now been installed and the ground is being prepared for the new seeded ryegrass.
The mammoth project is being overseen by experienced Head Groundsman Mark Sleightholme, who has worked with this calibre of pitch before at Sunderland AFC.
2 | Attacking intent with new signings
It seems attack is set to be the best form of defence for the upcoming season, with Jason Ainsley bringing in a cluster of forward thinking players. James Roberts is hoping to chip in with goals to help out Glen Taylor and Adam Boyes after joining from Hereford. The ex-Football League striker is joined by wingers Ben McKenna and Rees Greenwood.
McKenna, who scored against Moors for Bradford (Park Avenue) last season, is sure to excite fans with his tricky style of play. Greenwood, who played in the Premier League with Sunderland and has lined up alongside Marcus Rashford and Harry Winks for England U20’s, has plenty of admirers. The winger is looking to ignite his career after short spells at Gateshead and Falkirk.
The return of Gavin Cogdon, a feature on the Legends Wall at The Brewery Field, went down a storm with fans, and Cogdon believes he is a better player now than in his first spell. Former Boro and Newcastle midfielder Dan Ward is another new addition who could chip in with a few goals.
If you want entertainment, then look no further.
3 | Lucky number 13 for Ainsley?
The word loyalty is often overused when it comes to football, but sometimes, it epitomises a person. Jason Ainsley is that person. Moors’ legendary gaffer is entering his 13th season in the role, and he is as determined as ever to achieve success.
After coming agonisingly close last year in the play-off final, Ainsley is aware of the expectations this season: “I don’t know if we are the favourites or not, as there are a number of clubs who have invested again. There are no easy games in this league. There was a point last season where no team was guaranteed a play-off place, and I expect it to be the same this year.
“We look after ourselves and take each game as it comes, but we have to make sure we are in and around the top because of the investment and work going on around the club as a whole.”
4 | Never a dull moment as drama filled season proved
If last season proved anything, it’s rarely a snooze fest when watching Spennymoor. The 2017/18 season was pretty dramatic, with Moors missing out on a play-off spot in the final seconds of the season.
But, 2018/19 was filled with everything that we love about the game. There were late goals; Glen Taylor’s headers to earn a point against Darlington and Southport, Ryan Hall’s cool finish to seal a play-off spot at York and Taylor again with a last gasp winner at home to Chorley.
There were thumping wins; 7-1 at Alfreton, 5-0 wins over Ashton United and Curzon Ashton, and a superb FA Trophy victory over National League Sutton United.
Of course, there were penalties. The play-off semi-final went all the way to spot kicks following a goalless 120 minutes at Brackley, with Moors coming out on top despite looking doomed at one stage. Despite two Matt Gould penalty saves, three misses means it was Chorley who gained promotion, but what a ride it was!
5 | #Oneclub ethos sees academy flourish
It’s not just the first team that has grown in recent times. After taking over as Head of Academy at the start of the year, Andy Lowe has transformed the youth system at the club, introducing a One Club policy which brings every player and team together.
Following years of dedicated work from Ryan Murray, the academy had a solid base for Andy to build on, and he has done so by implementing a more professional and streamlined approach with a greater level of investment from local sponsors.
As well as raising the bar in terms of organisation, the coming season will see Moors’ youth system start with four UEFA A Licensed coaches, a dedicated goalkeeper-only section and a Futsal programme. There are also no fewer than 15 UEFA B coaches currently ready to begin life at the club.
The future of the club is in very safe hands.
6 | Inaugural season for Ladies Team
With women’s football in the spotlight more than ever before given the popularity of this summers World Cup, now is the perfect time to introduce Spennymoor’s first ever Ladies Team. Dominic Bylett and Matt Gatiss will manage the side who will enter the Durham FA Women’s Development League.
There has already been plenty of interest and a number of exciting players have joined. After recently receiving the club’s first FA wildcats centre, along with 20 new girls in seven weeks, there is a clear route for developing Spennymoor Town’s very own female player pathway.
Watch this space!
7 | A club that cares
In the modern age where clubs higher up the English league ladder are disconnected with their fans more than ever, now is the perfect time to become part of something that spans beyond just football. Spennymoor Town, much like many of the teams in non-league football, is a family. It’s a community. Spennymoor cares about its fans, and we can prove it.
Season ticket prices have been reduced across the board by an average of 33 per cent below last season’s standard price, demonstrating the club’s commitment to affordable football for all in County Durham. We offer one of the cheapest costs for away travel, and for our big play-off trips to Brackley Town and Chorley, FREE coach travel was laid on for supporters.
This season, there will be more community links with County Durham; more catering options; and a wider range of hospitality opportunities, which will be available for all price ranges. All of this will take place within an improved stadium full of new features on a new state of the art pitch.
For the price you will pay, there is no cheaper option which provides the level of entertainment and feeling that Spennymoor does.
There are three ways to order your 2019/20 Season Ticket:
- Order online here (a small admin fee is applied per ticket to cover PayPal charges incurred).
- Download an application form from here and drop it into The Moors Tavern with payment.
- Get your form from The Moors Tavern and pay at the Tavern.
FULL PRICE STRUCTURE
|Season Ticket price||Price decrease vs 18/19||CAT B standard admission||CAT A standard admission||Free games per season ticket|
|Family (2 adult, 1 jnr)||£300.00||–||–||–||–|
|Family (2 adult, 2 jnr)||£320.00||–||–||–||–|
|CAT A (£14/£9/£4)||CAT B (£10/£8/£3)|
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