Board thanks supporters as club refunds season tickets

The club has now processed and completed all refunds that were requested by season ticket holders in exchange for the three missed league games at the end of last season.

The deadline for applications was the end of June and we are pleased to have been able to confirm and complete the exercise within 48 hours of applications closing.

Adam Brown, Director of Marketing and Communications, said: “We were clear from the outset that we felt it our duty to offer this possibility to our loyal season ticket holders.

“The majority have left their outstanding value with the club in the form of a donation, for which we are extremely grateful at a time when non league football is struggling.  On behalf of the club’s board I’d like to say thank you.

“Equally, those who chose to apply for a refund did so with our full support.

“The process went very smoothly and I’d also like to thank the Spennymoor Town officials who played their part in getting this money back to the supporters promptly during a time of crisis for everyone.

“The Chief Executive’s end of season column two weeks ago summarised our stance for next season as we make football in County Durham affordable for all.  We are looking forward to sharing the plans we are putting in place across our academy, ladies’ team and men’s team to ensure we deliver on that promise and we will do so, as well as season ticket news for next season, as soon as we can.”

Sports Bar to open in place of Tavern

Bookings for the Moors Tavern this weekend are being moved to the Neil Adams Sports Bar to ensure the safety of patrons and staff.

As more information and guidance from the government has become available over the course of the last week regarding how to safely operate a bar and premises, it has sadly become clear that we can not do this at The Moors Tavern.

The safety of our customers and staff has to be our absolute, number one priority in the circumstances we all find ourselves in.  This means that we will unfortunately not be able to open the Moors Tavern until restrictions are relaxed further.

Bookings Moved

The good news is that we are able to serve people safely at The Brewery Field’s Neil Adams Sports Bar.  We are able to position tables in a socially-distant manner on the terraces outside the bar and also a small number inside the bar, all served via table service.  We are pleased to confirm that we will be moving previous bookings over from the Moors Tavern to the Neil Adams Sports Bar.  Group General Manager Matthew Hannon will be contacting each previous booking to confirm that they wish to change.

This solution also allows anyone who follows Spennymoor Town FC or non league football to get a sneak peak at The Brewery Field’s developments over the summer, as the club prepares for next season.

No walk-ins accepted

Please note, we will not be accepting walk-in bookings.  You must book in advance through the Moors Tavern or Neil Adams Sports Bar twitter accounts via direct message.  This is to ensure we do not exceed a safe capacity.

 

Operating procedures

The following arrangements must be observed at all times by patrons of the Sports Bar.  Please familiarise yourself with them if you are attending.

  • A booking must be made in advance via The Neil Adams Sports Bar or Moors Tavern twitter account. You will be given a reference number to quote upon arrival to The Brewery Field.
  • Entrance will be through the Wood Vue turnstiles.  This is where contact details will be taken for each member of the party wishing to enter The Brewery Field.
  • There will be two sets of toilets available, situated in the Sports Bar itself and on the opposite side of the ground where the dugouts are.
  • There will be sanitisers available in various different points in and around the Sports Bar.
  • We will have dedicated cleaners, whose sole job will be wiping tables, disinfecting areas and regular toilet checks.
  • All our staff are provided with the appropriate PPE equipment in line with government guidelines to protect themselves and the public.
  • Plastic disposable glasses will be used at ALL times.

 

 

 

Coveted midfielder becomes Moors’ sixth signing

Spennymoor Town have bolstered their midfield with the capture of former Guiseley and Huddersfield Town midfielder Jamie Spencer.

Spencer captained the Terriers’ under 18 side and became a key player for their under 23s.  He went on to play for Bradford Park Avenue for two years, before making the move to Guiseley at the start of 2019/20.

The 22-year-old describes himself as a box-to-box number eight who likes to score goals and becomes a strong option in central midfield for Jason Ainsley, alongside Robert Ramshaw, Jamie Chandler and new man Jason Kennedy.  He becomes The Moors’ sixth summer signing, following Kennedy, Adam Blakeman, Tyler Forbes, Dale Eve and Stephen Thompson to the County Durham club.

He had a number of offers on the table from around non league football, but chose to join Spennymoor after speaking to the management team and visiting The Brewery Field.

Spencer was on-site at The Brewery Field with his family this morning to finalise the deal and sign on the dotted line.

He spent time discovering the ground improvements and discussing the future of the club with the First Team Management and the Club’s Board.

 

Jason Ainsley eulogised about the signing of a well-fancied player.  He said: “Jamie is a player we have had our eye on over the last few years, ever since he left Huddersfield.

“He became a leader at an early age and captained Guiseley several times last season.  He is a real competitor with high energy and composure on the ball.  He is also very capable of scoring goals.

“There was a lot of interest in him from teams in the league above, as well as ours.  So for him to come to Spennymoor shows the ambition and intent of this club.”

 

There is more to come on Jamie’s signing, so look out for his first interview as a Spennymoor Town player tomorrow on Moors TV.

In the meantime, check out his highlights from last season, courtesy of Guiseley!

 

 

 

JK joins Moors midfield

Spennymoor Town have converted another of last season’s successful loans into a permanent signing.

Midfielder Jason Kennedy has joined the club after spending the closing stages of last season in the Moors side on loan from Hartlepool United.

The 33-year-old will be one of the Moors’ most experienced players, boasting more than 300 Football League appearances on his CV.

The former Rochdale, Middlesbrough, Carlisle and Darlington man was a calming influence on the side when he played for Jason Ainsley last season, constantly keeping the ball moving with intelligent passing and dictating the pace of games.

His experience and professional demeanour will be as much of an asset to the team’s dressing room as his considerable talent on the ball.

Manager Jason Ainsley was quick to highlight the mental side of Kennedy’s game and his influence on the team.

He said: “After spending the latter part of the season on loan with us we are delighted to land Jason permanently.  He is a brilliant lad who puts everything into training and his preparation is second to none.

“His experience and game intelligence was there for everyone to see last season and it is no coincidence that we only lost one game out of our last seven with Jason in the side.

“We look forward to him continuing where he left off when we return to action as he will be a valuable asset throughout.”

Kennedy said: “It was an easy decision to sign permanently.  I loved my time here on loan and I really enjoyed working with Jason and the management team.  I felt really wanted.

“The lads were a different class and I got a great feel for the club in a short space of time.  I feel Spennymoor will push on and be even more successful and I’m excited by the prospect of having a positive season ahead.

“I can’t wait to get started.”

Kennedy becomes Spennymoor Town’s fifth summer signing, following Stephen Thompson, Dale Eve, Adam Blakeman and Tyler Forbes.

 

 

Forbes makes Moors Return

Attacking full-back Tyler Forbes has re-joined Spennymoor Town on a permanent basis, following a highly-successful loan spell last season.

The former Fleetwood and Brighton and Hove Albion man has put pen to paper to make a sensational return to The Brewery Field when it looked as though he’d played his last game in black and white.

The 24-year-old lit up the Vanarama National League North in his eight league appearances for The Moors last season, scoring three sensational goals and registering two assists in a short timeframe.

Forbes had a lengthy list of offers on the table from the Football League and also around the North East non-league scene, including some significant packages.  But, the speedy defender chose to re-join Spennymoor based on the strength of the project ongoing at the club and his affinity to boss Jason Ainsley.

He said: “I’m looking forward to putting a Spennymoor shirt on again; I loved the time I spent here even though it was cut short due to the unfortunate circumstances we find ourselves in.

“I have got unfinished business here and I’m delighted to be signing.  I can’t wait to hit the ground running.

“After speaking to the gaffer regularly over the past few months he has been a major factor in me wanting to come back this season despite other interested parties.  It just felt right to get something across the line here based on the time I’ve enjoyed at Spennymoor.

“This club is unique and I’m delighted to be a part of that.  I look forward to seeing everyone back at The Brewery Field sooner rather than later.

“For now, I hope everyone stays safe.”

Despite plenty of solid defensive displays, Forbes will be remembered most fondly for his spectacular scoring run in the closing stages of the season.  He struck a stunning 30-yard half-volley in the closing minutes at home to AFC Telford United to snatch a well-deserved draw for his side.

Just a week later he thundered a long-range effort from the inside-right position past Altrincham ‘keeper Tony Thompson, who stood no chance against the strike’s vicious swerve.

He then made it three in three with a sublime flick around the corner from a right-sided cross, turning the ball home acrobatically to make it 2-0 in the final game of the season against Hereford.

Manager Jason Ainsley will be grateful to have secured the services of one of the club’s most in-form players at the end of the last campaign.

He said: “We are delighted that Tyler has agreed to return.  He’s not just a top player, he’s a fantastic lad.

“From the moment he joined the club he showed everyone what he was capable of with his defensive qualities, athleticism and the stunning goals he scored at the end of the season.

“Tyler had a lot of interest in him but he enjoyed his football with us so much he was determined to return and we are pleased he has decided to make his move here permanent.”

Forbes is the first of a three targeted new signings to be announced over the next two weeks, as outlined in Chief Executive Brad Groves’ passionate end-of-season summary last night.  If you have not viewed Mr Groves’ article, it is essential reading not just for Moors’ fans but for all non-league supporters.

Two footballers battle for a ball
Tyler Forbes goes up against Stephan Morley.

 

CEO update: Moors won’t forget what football is about

By Brad Groves, Chief Executive, Spennymoor Town FC

After our 2019/20 campaign finally ended on Wednesday, I have taken a couple of days to reflect on another year of progress and digest the situation in which Spennymoor Town FC finds itself.

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, the club has followed a strategy to communicate regularly and clearly, whether through the board, fan groups, the MD or myself.  The same cannot be said for the powers that be in English football.

Having spent 20 years in non-league and 11 years running Spennymoor Town, the past few months have shown me beyond all doubt that football in this country is beset by an all-consuming greed for money.

Non-league is the foundation on which English football is built and it has been allowed to crumble.

Premier League footballers can get Coronavirus tests, yet some of our friends and family members who are key workers have struggled.  We have lost more than 42,000 people in this country and the only thing that seems to have gone swimmingly is Premier League Covid testing.

Meanwhile, the teams who made it into the step two play-offs are being left to foot the bill to test their players in order to take part, which has been estimated at more than £50,000.

We have not received a penny of support during the crisis from the higher levels of football.  The only assistance Spennymoor Town has received from within the sport is an advance on next season’s National League North annual payment, which helps our cash flow but leaves a gap in next season’s budget.

Our creditors and partners have recognised the perilous situation non-league clubs have found themselves in and allowed us to manage payments appropriately in a collaborative manner.  Seemingly, the authorities within football have not realised this.  We are still expected to pay every penny of fines and other obligations in-full and on-time to maintain our position in the football pyramid.  We are still expected to invest huge sums so our grounds meet guidelines to continue to progress, achieve promotion or even take part in play-offs.

 

It’s a football pyramid we are a part of when there’s money to collect from us, but not when we need support.

 

Non-league clubs have been abandoned to make ends meet in a state of limbo, not knowing what league they will be in, who will be alongside them, when this season is over or next season begins.

It also speaks volumes that no governing body dared to show their hand until the Premier League had made a decision.  It has been followed by a stream of uneven and confusing conclusions.

Some leagues have been decided on PPG, some have been expunged altogether.  Some promotions are being honoured, some are being cancelled.  Clubs like South Shields in step three feel understandably aggrieved to have finished top of the league and not been rewarded.

Meanwhile, clubs in step two who have made it into the playoffs are wondering where they will find the huge sums required just to take part.  Maybe they’ll be lucky enough to receive some of the spare tests from the Championship or Premier League clubs, but that would reflect a level of concern and collaboration which has not existed so far.

From inside football, the only focus that has been visible to any of us at this level has been on getting the remaining Premier League games played in order to keep the gravy train moving.  So much so that matches have been shoe-horned into a sterile, practically unwatchable format.  Ironically, this week’s Premier League fixtures have been lacking the most important component in making football the nation’s favourite sport: fans.

There has been a complete absence of leadership.  The FA should be making decisions on what happens in English football, not the Premier League and certainly not TV channels.

It might be more palatable if the elite money ran through the sport to promote more opportunities for all, or to make it more accessible to supporters.  But the chasm just continues to widen and will keep doing so until it becomes unsurmountable.  The problem has only been exacerbated by the international health crisis.

Thankfully, we have been able to access some support as a club.  Thank you to Durham County Council, who have backed us with a number of grants and applications.  We have also taken advantage of the government’s furlough job retention scheme, which has been a great help.

But football in England has lost its soul and I’m concerned for the future of many of its clubs.  The sport needs to remember that not everybody can pay £32 for a match ticket.

We are unequivocal at Spennymoor Town that football must be for everyone.  Every age group, every gender, every ethnicity and every ability.

But, despite the disappointment I’m feeling today, I am positive about our club’s future.

 

That will be the central theme of our strategy for the coming season, whenever it may begin.  Affordable football, for all.

 

We will offer more value for every penny people choose to spend at the club and we will ensure that their experience is second to none when they walk into The Brewery Field.  We are once again investing heavily in the ground to perfect our matchday and we will be announcing these developments soon.  It is absolutely something for Moors supporters to look forward to over coming weeks and I will go into the reasons behind it below.

I hope that we will have more people than ever to enjoy non-league next season.  Premier League partners Sky and BT made it very difficult to cancel your subscriptions when football came to a halt, meaning those who aren’t tech-savvy had to wait in phone queues for hours to speak to an advisor.  Unsurprisingly, they are now churning out special offers to attract people to watch the drab, lifeless end to the season in empty stadiums.

I am of the opinion that this will have turned more people away from the soulless elite and we will be ready with open arms at The Brewery Field when they go searching for somewhere they can enjoy football the right way again.

We are proud to offer one of the most hospitable and enjoyable away days for visiting fans already, with the Moors Tavern, the offers within the ground and an invariably warm and friendly family atmosphere amongst our supporters.  But we have identified areas we will improve before next season too.  We will be addressing segregation points and reviewing our plans in this area after one learning experience last season.  We are also removing match category grading for visiting fans so every team is charged the same amount.  Affordable football for all doesn’t just include Spennymoor supporters; we want it to apply to the rest of our league and neutrals as well.

 

 

THE SOCIAL VALUE OF FOOTBALL

The cost of a child or young person playing in our academy will be the lowest in the region, if not the country, for the standard of coaching, equipment, safeguarding and enjoyment they get from this club.  We have more than 600 children discovering their love of football in our academy and we have a responsibility to them to make football accessible.

Elsewhere in our academy set-up, we are proud of the championship-winning performance of our ladies’ team in their first competitive season.  Again, the decisions made by the governing bodies up and down the ladies’ football structure have been baffling.  Some promotions are taking place, some are not, making the situation harder than it needs to be for clubs trying to navigate the uncertainty.  We have had so much support and interest in this team that we are creating a development side in our set-up, meaning we will have two teams.  We will make football accessible and affordable for as many ladies wanting to play the game as we can.

We are mindful of the impact that football clubs have on their communities.  We will do even more to make sure that this club is putting value into the area, not sucking it out.  We have a number of exciting projects in development that we feel will exemplify this, which I can’t wait to reveal.  We are galvanising those around us, whether they are businesses, organisations, councils, community groups, schools, charities or even other football clubs to deliver social value and enjoyment.  We have held events to  honour emergency services, armed forces, the NHS, transport, education and have more club partners in a wider range of sectors than ever before.

Throughout the Coronavirus crisis we have been asked about next season’s ticket prices.  We have told every person who has asked not to worry about next season.  We have urged supporters to concentrate on their own family and their own finances.

 

SEASON TICKET REFUNDS

In line with this, now we know the season is definitely finished, we are prepared to offer all of our season ticket holders a refund on the outstanding three games of the 2019/20 season they never saw.

The greed of the likes of Sky and BT I mentioned earlier made me feel even more strongly that we must offer this and the Board and staff at the club are in total agreement that this option should be presented.

Our season ticket holders showed such loyalty and desire last season that I know many will want to leave that money with the club in the form of a donation, which we greatly appreciate and no action is required to do so.

 

But I want to make it clear that anyone deciding that they need that money back in the current climate should apply for the refund with the full backing of Spennymoor Town FC.

 

Refund values for three league games:

Adult                     £21.43

Concession          £15.71

Junior                   £4.29

Family ticket        £42.86

As I’ve said, we are committing to making football affordable for all.  But we will not be releasing season ticket prices until we know when next season will begin.  We will not be taking advanced payments from supporters at a time of crisis.  Please be assured that we will be ready to welcome you back to a bigger and even better experience at The Brewery Field next season.

ON THE PITCH

On the pitch, I was bitterly disappointed that we only finished eighth in the league.  Had the season continued to its natural conclusion I am confident we would have made it into the play-offs, but make no mistake, I think we all expected more having achieved so much and come within a penalty of promotion the season before.

We certainly have no qualms over the points per game method and where we ultimately ended up.  It’s just about the only area in which I have sympathy for the governing bodies.  Somebody was always going to be upset.  There are no hard feelings there and I’d like to wish those who take part in the play-offs the best of luck.

But next year we are aiming higher.  We have already made three very strong new signings and plan to bring in real quality with further additions.  We’re working with those players to complete deals and I look forward to announcing soon. I hope to be able to share three major signings in the next week to 10 days, so keep your eyes on our channels to find out first.

The squad is going to be in a position to have a real, purposeful run at promotion to the National League and it will be an exciting time to watch our team.

We usually hold a market-leading presentation evening at Ramside Hall for all of our academy and the first team.  For obvious reasons that can’t happen this year, but I still feel that it is important to celebrate the successes of the season, including league wins in our academy and for our ladies, as well as real progress at all levels of the club.  The Board are pulling together a proposal to hold this in a way that people can still enjoy over the summer.

 

Ultimately, Spennymoor Town may have been forgotten when it mattered by the elite levels of football.  But we won’t forget what matters most in this sport.  We are putting people at the heart of everything.

We sent out a rallying call at the start of last season.  We did our bit and you responded in record numbers.  We’re going even further for next season.  I know I can rely on you to do the same again as this club looks to write the next chapter in its incredible journey.

 

Stay safe and enjoy your summer as much as you can.

BRAD.

Statement from the National League

Following a vote by all member Clubs, and subject to FA Council approval, the Vanarama National League, Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South seasons 2019/20 will be concluded with final league tables compiled on an “Unweighted Points Per Game” basis.

The outcome is Barrow AFC are champions of the Vanarama National League, King’s Lynn Town are champions of Vanarama National League North and Wealdstone are champions of Vanarama National League South.

The end of season Play-Offs will now proceed with the Clubs that qualify, subject to the competition rules and the applicable government guidance on the phased return of elite sport.

The number of Clubs to be relegated from the Vanarama National League will be determined so as to maintain a National Division of 24 Clubs after any relegation from EFL League Two, promotion to EFL League Two and promotion from the National League North and National League South divisions. There shall be no relegation from Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Tattersall commented: “I congratulate each of our champions Clubs on their successful campaigns. The enforced curtailment of our season does nothing to discredit the quality of the football played and I am pleased that our Clubs have overwhelmingly supported the award of their titles. We can now also look towards the completion of end of season Play-Offs.”

Notes:

National League Clubs were asked to support an Ordinary Resolution to conclude the season with final leagues tables compiled on an “Unweighted Points Per Game” basis. The resolution received the support of a significant majority of member Clubs in each division.

“Unweighted Points Per Game” is defined as: The method for calculating the final points total of each Club in the Division concerned, calculated in accordance with the following formula, rounding the final points total up to three decimal places:

PT * LMS = Final Points Total
___
CM

Where “PT” means a Club’s points total in the 2019/20 Season at the point when the Competition was suspended on 16 March 2020.

Where “CM” means the number of Competition Matches a Club has played in the 2019/20 Season at the point the Competition was suspended on 16 March 2020.

Where “LMS” means the number of Competition Matches originally scheduled to be played by each Club in the 2019/20 Season, being (a) 46 for National League Clubs; and (b) 42 for National League North and National League South Clubs.

Worked Example:

Club A is in National League North and has played 32 Competition Matches and has a points total of 43 points. Applying the formula, Club A’s final points tally will be:

43* 42 = 56.438
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32

Final League Tables

 

Moors strengthen with left back

Spennymoor Town have landed their third new addition of the summer, securing the services of former Chorley left-back Adam Blakeman.

Moors supporters will be no stranger to the marauding left-footer, having witnessed some memorable games against The Magpies in the last two years, including the dramatic late Glen Taylor winner at The Brewery Field and the heartbreak of the National League North Play-off Final in 2018/19.

The 28-year-old started his career with Bolton Wanderers at youth level, before moving on to play for Hyde in the Conference Premier and Conference North in 2013/14.

He then moved North of the border to play in Scottish League One for Ayr United before returning to the rebranded National League with Southport in 2015/16.

One year later he made the switch to Chorley and has spent four seasons with The Magpies, recording high appearances and impressive statistics consistently.

Blakeman is adept at playing higher up the pitch and is capable of operating on the left of midfield, as well as his natural left-back.  This is exemplified by some notable goals returns for a defender.  In 2018/19 he scored once in every four games, netting nine times in 36 appearances in the season Chorley were promoted to the National League.

The Moors lost one of their dead ball specialists this summer when fellow left-back Stephen Brogan left the club, but Blakeman is a ready-made replacement and many of his goals are registered from free kicks.

 

Blakeman visited The Brewery Field last week to witness the improvements at the ground and meet with Jason Ainsley.

He said: “After speaking with the Manager and a few others at the club, and being shown around, I knew this was the place for me to come and play.

“Spennymoor is a club that is moving in the right direction both on and off the pitch and I’m delighted to be a part of it.

“I’ve had some good battles with Spennymoor over the last few years and I know how good they can be, so I’m looking forward to being on the other side of that.

“I can’t wait to get going and see what next season brings.”

 

Ainsley was equally delighted with the capture of the National League quality left-back.

He said: “Adam is a player we have admired for a few season now, having come across him many times when playing against Chorley.

“He adds real quality to the team we are building for next season.

“His defensive knowledge, coupled with his delivery from wide areas and set pieces are of a very high standard.

“He knows what it takes to achieve promotion from the division and we look forward to seeing him pull on the Spennymoor Town shirt.”

 

You can watch one of Adam Blakeman’s biggest goals for Chorley vs Halifax here.

 

Footballers battle for a ball
Blakeman gets to grips with Moors’ Ryan Hall

Sad news as former Moors star passes

Everyone at Spennymoor Town FC is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former player Ralph Wright.

Ralph’s career in the 1960’s and 70’s took him across the globe, having played for Norwich, Harlepool and Bradford (Park Avenue), Stockport and Bolton before football took him Stateside.

He played at Miami Toros, Dallas Tornado and New York Cosmos, lining up against Pele, Sir Geoff Hurst, George Best and Eusabio during his time across the pond.

He would play winters in the English League and summers in the USA, having very little rest and playing to high professional standards.

Ralph started his career with The Moors and had a second spell with the club after his cross-Atlantic adventure had come to an end.  He finished his career in the North East with the likes of Gateshead, Ashington, North Shields and Whitley Bay; and became Player-Manager at Evenwood Town.

Rest in peace, Ralphy Wright.

 

(image credit: www.nasljerseys.com)

 

Further investments in The Brewery Field undwerway

The latest tranche of investments in The Brewery Field mean that every spectator area in the ground has been improved in the last two years.

The transformation of the ground and its matchday experience has been one of the success stories of last season.  Average attendances were up by more than 40 per cent and season ticket sales reached record heights.

The Neil Adams Sports Bar; a new covered stand; terracing; safety measures; turnstiles; bars; seating areas; a relaunched club shop; top-quality floodlights; and a state-of-the-art CCTV system are just some of improvements to have been introduced since last August.  Not to mention The Brewery Field’s beautiful new pitch.

The improvement project has continued since the last campaign was cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic, with another expansive range of works already underway.

Tony Wilson, Managing Director, is once again spearheading the project and is looking forward to supporters enjoying the updates.

He said: “We have undertaken another comprehensive review of what the final matchday product looked like at the end of last season and identified another list of areas we can make further progress.

“It represents another significant investment from the club and has involved the Board, the footballing management team, club officials and consultation with supporters through various methods.

“I’m excited about the prospect of how our beloved ground will look and feel when we finally welcome supporters and spectators back.  The return of football is going to be a momentous occasion for millions of people in this country; but it will be made so much sweeter for our supporters when they walk back into a ground they can be deeply proud of.

“Feedback has been unanimously positive on last season’s improvements.  We are discussing further possibilities on top of what we have already planned and I hope to be able to share more details on these with everyone soon.”

 

The latest new investments to date include:

Further improvements to pitch drainage.

The Tees Crescent side of the ground now has a further 12 under-pitch drains in place.  Additionally, a drainage system has been installed along the concrete side of the pitch boundary to prevent run-off water from reaching the pitch on the Tees Crescent side.

A drain has been installed on the pitch side of the dugouts, connecting to the perimeter drain, to prevent water collecting there and keep the dugouts in dryer condition throughout the season.

Tractor and people install drains in football pitch
The new drainage being installed

 

Artificial referee’s assistant runs.

Artificial grass will be installed along the touchlines on the North East and South West sides of the playing surface to negate wear and tear through constant official use during matches.

 

Floodlight fine-tuning.

Our Football League-standard floodlights have been refocused to allow more even coverage of light across the playing surface for next season.  The lights exceeded league requirements when they were installed last year but were slightly brighter in some areas than others.  This has been evened out.

 

Updating the final terracing.

The terracing between the dugouts and the Motif8 stand has now been removed and work has started on rebuilding this to the same standard as the rest of the ground, adding additional capacity in this area and improving safety.

 

New surface in the Wood Vue corner.

The area of ground between the Ramside Estates Main Stand and the Motif8 Stand which has housed the marquees over the last few years will be tarmacked and levelled ready for further development in the future, giving the area an even and uniform finish.

 

Extension of crush barriers.

The black crush barriers in the new covered stand at the South end of the ground will be extended along the Wood Vue side of the ground towards the matchday offices and the Ramside Estates Main Stand.  They will also be repeated all the way to the dugouts on the Tees Crescent side of the ground.

 

Toilet block upgrade.

The toilet block adjoining the Wood Vue turnstiles will be renovated to a significantly improved standard.

The toilet block under construction with bollards outside
The toilet block under repair

 

External pathway around the Main Stand.

The shallow pathway between the Main Stand and the Wood Vue road surface will be levelled out and re-covered.

The shallow path outside the main stand

 

Painting and cleaning.

The entire ground has been cleaned thoroughly and several outstanding fence and wall panels which were not “on-brand” have been painted to match the rest of the stadium.

 

Flexible segregation fencing.

Several segregation points have been installed around the ground, allowing the club to change its strategy per match according to the requirements for segregation.

 

Disabled section cover.

The disabled section outside the Neil Adams Sports Bar was not getting adequate cover from the stand to its left last season.  This will be improved and a hashed area will be added in front of it to improve sight lines from the platform.

 

Pitch care.

The playing surface has been verti-drained and treated with sand and extra seed to stay level and improve surface coverage.

tractor spreading sand over football pitch
The pitch receiving some love and attention

 

Look out for more news on The Brewery Field coming soon.