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CLARETfication! A magazine written by the Supporters for the Supporters of Chelmsford City Football Club

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Chairman’s Notes Summer Survey Analysis (Football Club & Supporters’ Club) Living The Claret Dream (‘The Glory Years of Chelmsford City FC’)’ Intro. Interview with Ricky Holmes Tales of the City Coach – Halifax and Back Peter Smith - Here’s to another 75 years! Clarets On Tour Twitter Promotion and Survey Graph A View From The Clarets Boardroom Your Responses From The Supporters’ Club Summer Survey 2013 Adam May Chats with Caroline Barker What It means To Be a Clarets Fan (and Why I Keep Coming Back) To Be Frank it’s about those Claret Whines that filled Billy’s Boots The Cannonball Run Two – This Time They’ve got SatNav! 1994 and all That – Parts 1 & 2 75 Things You Should Know Like Clockwork? Summer in the City! Tony Butcher speaks to Adam May Come In – We’re Open (Club Shop) 2012/2013 – A Season of Missed Opportunities? Together We Can Make A Difference! Supporters’ Club Aims and Objectives for Season 2013/2014 Meet Your Committee Latest News Chelmsford City Supporters’ Club Noticeboard

We are delighted that CLARETfication! is now onto its third edition an as a treat to mark the Football Club’s 75th Anniversary we hope you enjoy this bumper XX page issue! We hope you enjoy the magazine as much as we enjoyed putting it together. We have tried to cover a little bit from all periods of both the Football Club and the Supporters’ Clubs history so it appeals to supporters of all ages. It took a lot of planning, research, and implementation and as Editors we are extremely satisfied that this five month project has come to fruition. Off course we were not on our own, and we would like to say a big thank you to all of our friends who have helped with this publication; to all of the Supporters’ Club Committee and SC Chairman Paul Gorrie; Steve and Co from The Printing Place for printing the publication; all that have contributed; YOU the City supporters for taking the time to complete the Summer Survey and for your continued support.

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Chairman’s Notes by Paul Gorrie

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elcome back, so much has happened over the close season both on and off the pitch. We start this season with the same positive hopes as previous years, a new Manager in Dean Holdsworth and a changed Team. To Glenn Pennyfather and the players who have departed - we say a massive thank you for your hard work and commitment. It is pleasing to see we have retained the services of many from last year and Deans additions have strengthen the squad. Supporters are looking forward to this season, Dean has been keen to listen and speak with all connected with the Supporters’ Club (‘SC’) to achieve the success we all crave for. I do hope you enjoy this extended CLARETfication! that celebrates the Football Club (‘FC’) reaching the grand ‘old’ age of 75. This magazine would not be possible without the creative minds of Degs, Si and Adam plus the valuable input from so many more of you and it’s free to all you lovely fans renewing your SC membership! So much has happened off the pitch this summer and over the last 12 months. At FC Board level from July we have two SC representatives attending all FC Board meetings, fully involved and privy to information on budgets, forecasts, day to day matters that we previously could not has an input to. This arrangement is working well; we forget sometimes that the FC Board like ourselves are supporters and want the same success built on sound principles. Last season SC membership was slightly up on previous year with 293. This is an encouraging number being approx. one-third of our fan base. We aim this year to get closer to 50% of the fan base and work to engage more with the younger fans, find out what they want from the SC. The SC survey, details within this magazine, makes very interesting reading. There are some clear messages coming back from supporters about wanting to see a greater presence of the SC on matchdays. Plus over half the fans on matchday come in, watch the game and then head home. Why is this? By making fans aware of what the FC and the SC can offer, how supporters can get involved as a level that works for them and I believe we can grow and develop as a FC to help us reach Conference Premier football. So if you are reading this thinking I’d like to know a little more about how you can help then please seek out a SC representative on a matchday or contact us via the SC website. Last season activity will be wrapped up in the SC AGM on Thursday 15th August 2013, 7.45pm in the club house. A broad overview is a very positive one, building on the SC Committee engagement with you the fans and with the FC Board. Without you support we would achieve little and no make little progress. Our income over the season 2012/2013 was almost £10,000. 4|Pa ge

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Mainly from SC membership, race night, FA Cup fund raiser, numerous raffles, specific fund raiser like the scoreboard and goals, programme sponsorship and the ‘12th Man’ Membership Scheme. Outgoings matched the income, with significant purchases on the scoreboard (£4,500), mower (£1,000), VP season tickets (£800), Goals (£1,000), ‘12th Man’ (£500), Programme player sponsor (£1,000) and various other assists to the FC for pitch costs and monies raised by raffles. I think your agree this is fine achievement, a lot of hard yet enjoyable work by the SC Committee which I would like to thank each and every one of them for. Plus you the supporter for giving every time we ask, and we do ask. Mansell and the FC Board are very appreciative of the assistance both as fans working as volunteers and their financial input. The ‘12th Man’ Membership Scheme has a few members now, we can always do with more, already £500 has been paid over to the FC into the players budget. We are thinking of ways to make the ‘12th Man’ more attractive to Supporters and so gain more members. Please go to the SC website for more details or ask Mark in the club shop. Just to finish on the plans for this new season. The SC committee is growing which is great news. Staying are most of the current SC Committee and we welcome Adam, Tom, Judith, Alistair and Ed. That makes a committee of 14! Still plenty of room for others to help out and join in. The SC will be working with the Chelmsford City Supporters Football Team, and has agreed to be its shirt sponsor for this season, kitting the boys out in their new strip. This bringing together of the two groups will be mutually beneficial and so ultimately makes sense. We will continue to work with Mansell Wallace and the FC Board and will use our money more wisely to assist with the on-going progress both on and off the pitch. With the players coming back training at Melbourne Park on Thursdays we will be reinstating the popular players Q&A’s once a month. Discussions are being had with Dean on how we can improve upon the player/supporter interaction both on match days and training days and SC events. Match day SC meals will be back on the agenda and we are thinking of ways to thank the match day volunteers for their hard work within the season. Plus there is a second supporter’s survey planned before the year is out and looking at the results of the survey just closed. Please think where you can help out, all contributions help. With all this activity off the pitch we can forget sometimes that it’s on the pitch that really matters. I am really looking forward to this season, good luck to Dean and the tam and thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated. 5|Pa ge

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Summer Survey Analysis (Football Club and Supporters’ Club) The Summer of 2013 has seen a lot of change for both the Football Club (‘FC’) and the Supporter’ Club (‘SC’) and this has been a somewhat unusual experience for City fans! The SC Committee has grown to an unprecedented level of having 14 supporters wanting to make a difference and two of our Committee members have joined the main FC board as Supporters’ Club Football Club Board Representatives. So, as the excitement builds for the new era with Dean Holdsworth leading the way, it’s was a chance for the SC to get the fans’ views on what’s going well and to establish what can be improved upon for the future. Adam May and Derek Murr dissect the survey which has been invaluable to the future development of both the FC and SC and provided us with all the detail as we continue to evolve. Managerial Changes - We begin with the managerial chance that took place when Dean Holdsworth took over the position of Chelmsford City’s Manager, and 60.2% of those surveyed believed that it was the right decision at the right time to not renew Glenn Pennyfather’s contract as the Football Club’s Manager. A further 84.5% believed that the team’s performances on the pitch stagnated, so it was evident that the Club needed a change. The FC Board conducted professional interviews with the final three candidates and decided that ex-Newport County boss Dean Holdsworth was the man to take the Clarets forward. 63.1% were delighted with the appointment and 72.8% agreed that the 2 to 3 year plan to reach the higher echelons of Non-League is a sensible approach. You were also asked if Dean’s appointment made you more excited about the new season 79.6% said that you were than the last year. Season Tickets - When the season ticket and admission prices were announced for the upcoming 2013/14 campaign, the rise in prices was greeted with scepticism. The survey results revealed that 48.5% were not pleased with the rise in entry but understoo d the reasons for the increase and 18.4% said you were happy with it. When asked about the overall season package including any incentives on offer 49.5% thought that it was a reasonable price hike but there were no incentives to buy them any earlier than normal. This was borne out by the fact that 34.0% thought a free match day meal was no incentive at all. The most popular incentive of 40.8% would have been an ‘early bird’ discount off the overall season ticket price. From a FC perspective the 53.4% said that they would not be buying one for the new season might say the FC had got its strategy wrong. Unfortunately we do not know how many of the 53.4% were already season ticket holders.

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Your Match Day Experience - At most home matches It appears that 50% of the respondents would buy a matchday programme; 45.1% would also visit the Club Shop; 30% would visit the SC HQ to enquire about away travel; 28.2% would buy ‘hot’ food from the burger vans; 39.2% would purchase drinks and food from the clubhouse and watch Sky football but the real issue is that 38.2% of us go straight to your seats with partaking in anything the FC has to offer. This is reflected by that 47.6% of us arrive at the ground within one hour of the kick-off as you have been elsewhere, including coming directly from home! When asked whether you leave your seating position at half-time only 27.2% would visit the club house the rest of us stay where we are. Most of us i.e. 58.3% go home immediately after a match and 33% would stay at the ground for up to one hour after the final whistle. So what incentives could the FC or SC provide to get you get to ground earlier or stay later? Post and Pre-match events were high on the list 41.7% said this would be an incentive, including a chance to meet the players socially after a match. Bar promotions and a better choice of food were also high on the list, 25.2% on the choice of food and 29.1% on bar promotions, which included a regular ‘happy hour’. When asked about ways of improving your ‘foodie’ experience (fish) chips were high on the list at 35.0% and having more than on real ale on sale at 28.0% was the other contender. You can expect to see some movement on the fries this season! The least important of improving your matchday experience was having pre-match meal in FC Directors lounge, 67% said you were not interested. Communications and FC Board Structure - One of the biggest steps forward that the SC and the FC undertook during the close season was to expand and unify into one ‘Communications Group’. This step was taken to expand the Club’s communication section as a gap needed to be bridged between the FC and SC in order to get information out to the fans as quickly and efficiently as possible. Having two Representatives at Football Club board level and with the return of Ken Carr has moved it in the right direction and hopefully you will have seen evidence of this over the close season. We’re never going to it right in some supporter’s eyes but we’ll have bloody good try! A large proportion of those surveyed, 88.3% in fact, welcomed the changes, whilst 8. 7% neither agreed nor disagreed. When asked about the recent re -structuring at FC board level 74.8% welcomed the change as it added more focus and 48.5% were satisfied the FC was being run but under the written ‘responses’ many added that there has to be something radical done about the FC’. This was highlighted in the ‘satisfactory’ scores across the various areas of how the FC operates, these included stakeholders communications; match day operations; PR and community awareness and commercial marketing and promotions. Unfortunately no overall winner!

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Pre-season Friendlies - When asked about your views on the pre-season friendlies 68.9% said the line-up that Dean had organised were very good and 58.3% said you would be attending these when you hadn’t thought about them previously. From a FC perspective this season friendlies attendances are up on last season, which is very good news. 75th Anniversary Celebrations - Fantastic result on this one as 91.3% said that FC should be acknowledging and promoting the 75 th Anniversary since the formation of the ‘professional’ football club in 1938. This has included 75 th Anniversary embroidered badge on all the team and supporters replica shirts for this season. Make sure you look out for events and promotions during the course of this season. Thursday Nights at the Club House - Training has returned to Melbourne Park and 55.3% were delighted by this now and, in light of the coming home scene, both the FC and SC are looking to promote Thursday nights as ‘Club Nights’ with plans in place to host events at least once a month. 86.4% supported this move, a move in which will again engage the fans and create a friendly and community-like atmosphere which the SC and FC felt was missing somewhat last term. Expectations for 2013/2014 - Not much difference really from what you expected of the team last season. 44.7% expected us to finish in the top 5 and 40.8% in the top 8. We are glad to say only 1.0% expected us to be relegated and 2.9% expect us to go up as Champions! Supporters’ Club Membership and Strategy - It was to see that 73.8% would renew their SC membership from last season but we have some work to do on the 35.0% that were not members last term. 45.6% said you were a SC member every season and 20.4% most seasons so once again we have some work to do on the other 34.0%. We always striving to increase membership year on year and we are p leased to announce that membership prices froze, with Adults £5; OAP/Concessions £3; Junior Membership £1 and Family Membership £10. Just under half said they felt it was very good value with a further 33% deeming it to be good value and 9.7% even said for the membership prices were too cheap! It was noted that discounts on Club Shop merchandise was top of your list with 58.2% closely followed by getting priority on match day tickets on selected games with 53.4%. You felt that SC should have greater matchday presence this came in at 24.3% with the need to improve SC benefits at 23.3%. Please remember that everything has a cost attached to it and we will review this from season 2014/2015 onwards. On the subject how the SC should use it funds i.e. membership and fundraising activities 46.6% said that we should help fund FC infrastructure. Unfortunately there is not much more we can do as first and foremost Melbourne Park as it an Athletics Stadium 8|Pa ge

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and we are tenants to Chelmsford City Council. Let’s see….there maybe there is something we can do for the future when we get promoted to the Conference Premier division. There as a variety in best moments since supporting City, best players watched, and the SC would like to introduce a special SC Honorary Life Presidents Club. We’d like to thank to thank all who submitted their nominations and also, a huge thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey. We really have learnt a lot and will put your feedback to good use!

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‘Living The Claret Dream (‘The Glory Years of Chelmsford City FC’)’ by Steve Little To mark the Football Club’s 75th Anniversary I decided to write of those “glory years” from 1958 to 1968 – a period that saw a mediocre Southern League performer become one of the top Non-league teams in the country. This was the era when local businessman, John Coward, became the Football Club Chairman and his vision was to lead us into the “Promised Land” of the Football League and to have a stadium and surrounds in New Writtle Street to match any in the country. This included a super stadium with a sports club, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, conference facilities and even a hotel! This was in 1960, when only Wembley could match such facilities. I started supporting City eight; at a time when experienced difficult saved from extinction by who raised thousands handing over houses the security for the brought.

in 1957 when I was the Football Club had financial times only the Supporters’ Club for the City cause, even they owned to provide Football Club that these

Coward put iconic manager, Harry Ferrier, in place. Harry was well connected throughout football community having been, as a player, part of the Portsmouth success immediately after WW2. Players were signed straight out of the premier division of English football. A former England international, Len Phillips, also came, along with a host of other “stars”. Average league gates were 5,000 and once floodlights were installed the club embarked on a series of prestigious friendlies against the likes of Third Lanark (a Scottish team then ranking with Rangers and Celtic), Newcastle United, Bradford City, Port Vale, Norwich City and so on. Almost 10,000 came to the Third Lanark match! In those days Non-league teams had to be voted into the Football League by the current members. For reasons my book tells why we never came close to that and those clubs who were successful in doing so, like Peterborough and Oxford, were only let in when a Football 11 | P a g e

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League club went bust. It was essential to win the Southern League to stand any chance and this was to elude us in the Coward era. A FA Cup run with a win over a League club of note would also help but this also eluded us until the 1967-68 season when we achieved both goals to mark the end of those “Glory Years”. However, by then, the Coward empire had begun to crumble; the Football Club was in serious financial difficulty again but, ironically, we were still the best Non-league team in the land. Most of you will be familiar with the story of what happened to the Football Club in the years that followed. “Living The Claret Dream” is largely told from the experiences of those who were there and written as a journal of that time – described by one as a “retrospective fly-on-the-wall documentary”. Stalwarts, like players Tony Butcher and Peter Gillott, have told me their stories along with former Essex Chronicle Sports Reporter, Martin Rogers; Club Historian, David Selby and Football Club Secretary from the 1960s, Len Menhinick. I have tried to write of the behindthe-scenes dramas rather than simply provide a statistical hike through those glory years. It has been a labour of love also drawing on many of my own experiences of that time when I of the Essex Chronicle – what memories that brought back! My grandfather Ted and father Norman were regular supporters from the start in 1938 and my son and grandson are now, like me, keen fans and thus we maintain a five generation link through the Football Club’s 75 years. The Football Club is now in sound hands with Mansell Wallace and his team, more than ably supported by members of the Supporters’ Club and those of you that sit in the stand or fill the terraces. The “Promised Land” is only two steps away – we need the right team and a little bit of luck and perhaps Dean can bring us that. If you are kind enough to buy the book you will help the Football Club too, as I will donate the profits to help our cause. I was at the Norwich and Tottenham games and signed just a few personal copies of the book! For those of you that have read it – I hope you found it to be an interesting read. For those of you that haven’t – why not? Up the City – Wheel ‘Em In! Steve Little Editorial Comment – Steve has also written two other books that are the City of Chelmsford related they are: ‘Days We'll Remember All Our Lives’ and "More Than Just A Life’ To find out more about Steve and his writing visit his website - www.stevelittlebooks.com

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The Interview with…Ricky Holmes by Adam May Ricky Holmes who was chosen as the most popular City player of the modern era, which was taken at the beginning of the 2012/13 campaign. He began his career at Southend United before working his way through the youth ranks at City, and scored a magnificent 66 goals during his time with us. He spent five years with the Clarets before transferring to Barnet FC in League 2. Upon their relegation to the Conference Premier in 2012/2013, he left Barnet after his contract ended, and joined Portsmouth in League Two. Adam interviewed Ricky for this ‘75th Anniversary edition of CLARETfication! First of all Ricky, what’s it like being a professional footballer? It’s better than part-time because I don’t have to work! It’s a boyhood dream come true to become a professional. It is fine-lines in football as some people don’t get the chance so I thank Barnet and Chelmsford for that and I’ve done it for three years now. What was it like working with Dutch legend Edgar Davids, who is the head coach at Barnet? At the start it was quite hard because he was new to management and was used to playing. He came across as a player and not a manager but when he got into it we actually picked up quite a lot but in the end, we just came short [in the league]. I only got to play with him for around two months and then I suffered my injury but those two months with him I really enjoyed. He definitely made a change at the club and we had three points after twelve games, and after he arrived we ended up with over fifty at the end of the season. That normally makes you safe in League Two, and that was the biggest tally they’ve got in three years. He also brought in some good players himself. Hopefully he stays there and gets them back out of the Conference Premier. As you mentioned, your suffered an injury for the last half of the season. How did you feel to miss out such a large chunk of the year? It was frustrating because it was reoccurring and it was the same one I did during my first year at Barnet. The same bone broke again this time. I had a serious operation and I got the all clear in May and it’s now fully healed.

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Barnet left Underhill last season, which has been their home ground for 106 years. What was it like to leave the stadium? It was a shame that I wasn’t playing as it was a fantastic atmosphere. There were 6,000 fans in a small environment and it was unbelievable really. Our goalkeeper saved a penalty in the last kick of the game and we managed to get the win. I was at Chelmsford’s first game at Melbourne Stadium, and the atmosphere was just like that. Do you think that Non-league football is one of the best pathways for a footballer to get into the Football League? It can be. However, some players find it hard, especially those who have had careers in football. Some earn good money in their regular jobs and on top that they get money from their football club. In League Two, the wages aren’t brilliant, and some find this a hard step as you sometimes have to take a pay-cut. It’s definitely a pathway though and there’s no stopping some players! Take a look at Michael Kightly for example. He dropped into Non-league and is now playing for Stoke in the Premier League. Craig Mackail-Smith could have a chance in the Premier, too. Non-league players are doing very well at the moment in the Football League. What sorts of things did you learn during your time at City that you still use in your game now? Men’s football! It’s a completely different ball game! I came from under-18’s football straight into men’s with Chelmsford City, and with me being a winger or a striker, you have to learn to ride the challenges and you have to stay away and not get hurt really! Glenn taught me a lot and he was brilliant for me. He taught me when to dribble, when to pass and I owe him a lot actually. What was your reaction when you heard that Glenn Pennyfather left the club? I wasn’t surprised or shocked really. To have seven years at a Non-league team is good going and he’s definitely achieved things at the club. He’s got in the play-offs every year bar one, but maybe he’s taken the club as far as he can. Unfortunately the team keeps falling at the final hurdle and it was the same when I was here. He’s a fantastic guy and I’m sure he’ll do well wherever he is. He’s had great FA Cup runs as well against professional teams like Colchester and Crawley. Every club needs a change and maybe this was the right time to do so. What was it like being part of the Ryman Premier side in the 2007/08 season, when City were crowned champions? We had a tight-knit team there, and we even ended up going on holiday with each other! We were winning everything no matter what level, whether that is an Essex Senior Cup which we did a year later, or winning the Ryman. It was an achievement no matter what and we rightly deserved to win it that year, and there was a big party afterwards! David Rainford was the Captain during the club’s second season in the Conference South. What’s he like to work with? He’s a leader and a born winner! In the changing room he’s the one that you look to give you some inspiration. If anyone’s down in the dumps he’ll lift you up and I’m sure he’ll go into the first-team management. 14 | P a g e

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How did Rainford compare with Andy Duncan, who was the Captain for City’s debut season in the Conference South? He was on a different par! Duncs was very quiet for a big centre-half. I think that the club rightly gave it to Rains after because he’s definitely a better leader but Duncan was a good player. I’d definitely give the armband to Rains though. Who was the best player that you played with during your time with Chelmsford? Jeff Minton by a country mile! I think anyone at Chelmsford would say that as well. He was a fantastic player and it was a shame his career at City had to come to an end. What was your most memorable game for the Clarets? AFC Wimbledon at home when we were in the Ryman Premier. We needed to win that to pretty much win the league. I managed to score a penalty in the game and we won 3-2, with Bertie Brayley and Duncs scoring too. It was a brilliant atmosphere. They had the Athletics Track side and we had the stand and both goals so that was definitely the most memorable game. What about your best goal? There’s a few to choose from! It’s probably got to be Wimbledon away where I ran from my own penalty box or Hampton and Richmond at home which was with my left-foot outside the box. They’re the ones that stick in my head but if I had to choose from those two it would be the Wimbledon goal as the fans didn’t really like me there so it kept them quiet! What would you say the fan base is like here at City? The fan base is a bit smaller than Barnet but when Chelmsford travel away they make a great atmosphere for that level of football. Barnet fans aren’t too good at travelling, but I’d say that the two sets of fans are on par with each other. Finally, did you enjoy your time at Chelmsford? I owe Chelmsford City a lot. During my first couple of seasons there were a few offers from professional clubs and I held it against them for a while but they gave me the knowledge in football and I’ve carried that on into the professional game and I’m thankful that they gave me the chance. We wish Ricky all the best in his future endeavours and hope he has a successful career with Portsmouth FC. Editor’s Note: Ricky has now been voted as being ‘Your best City player that you’ve watched’ in the 2013 Summer Survey!

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‘Tales of the City Coach – Halifax and Back’ by ‘Willo’ Halifax: somewhere ‘up north’; a town that gave its name to a famous WWII Bomber airplane; also the home of the iconic sports commentator Brian Moore and quite possibly the location of William Blake’s “Dark Satanic Mills” from his anthemic poem ‘Jerusalem’ – and City were drawn against them in the FA Trophy on the 12th of January 2013. I am an ‘old git’, having been to all points west and south supporting ‘City’, but seldom called upon to travel as far north as Yorkshire, so with Rail Card in hand I set off for Kings Cross and the 09.02 to Leeds. Being a solitary traveller I was enjoying the co-existing anonymity of my fellow castaways in coach ‘D’ and settled down to reflect inwardly on the Match ahead. He who bends to himself a joy; Does the winged life destroy? But he who kisses the joy as it flies; Lives in eternity’s sunrise. Blake Leeds Station is concerning to the unwary traveller as its ‘through platforms’ (of which there are many) often have trains departing at the same time, albeit in opposite directions (thankfully). Therefore boarding the right train can be fraught with danger, no more so when your destination is Halifax which can be arrived at by leaving Leeds by all compass points. However the route via Bradford did the job as I duly arrived in Halifax at around mid-day. The walk up to the Town is short but steep, something to do with hills and valleys I suppose, unfamiliar terrain to an Essex Boy. The climb was worth the effort though, as the Town is a ‘Gem’ of Georgian/Victorian architecture, which is epitomised by the grandiose steel and glass structure of the covered market. Having been suitably refreshed with a meal of ‘Pie n Peas’, provided by a quaint ‘tea stall’ beneath the markets faulted roof span all washed down with strong Yorkshire tea, I sought to end my solitude by rendezvous with the ‘Claret Army’ in ‘Dirty Dicks’, an infamous Public House on Clare Road. Unsurprisingly, it was ‘Banged-Out’ with ‘Clarets’ and the banter was optimistic and cheerful within the cave-like interior of the Pubs Bar Rooms, (I imagine that ancient Yorkshire folk were of the troglodyte ilk which is still evident today). Here a ‘happy-hour’ was carelessly passed in the company of friends, where we speculated on the coming ‘Battle’ and 16 | P a g e

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‘Victory’ and a place in the ‘Quarter-Final’ – the beer was going down, all too well. Bring me my Bow of burning gold! Bring me my Arrows of desire! Bring me my Spear! O clouds, unfold! Bring me my Chariot of fire! Blake (again). Leaving the pub en-masse, we noisily and boldly strode our way to the ground. The ‘Shay’ is the proud home of Halifax Town Football Club where the ‘Shaymen’ (the Players and supporters of this proud and old club) ‘hang-out’. The ground has been redeveloped for use as both rugby league and association football venues, and as my picture shows is very well appointed, the size and stature that ‘Clarets’ dream of for their own club here in Chelmsford . Notwithstanding, the ‘Claret Army’ out –sang and out-cheered the ‘Tykes’ (Tyke: Old Norse: Yorkshire men of rough type; cave dwellers?) and if only our team was as good, victory would have been assured. Alas, as is so often the case on such occasions that was not to be. And the game was shall we say, a disappointment, one to add to the many other disappointments that supporters of ‘City’ have endured over the years. At 3-0 down by 4.15pm, I left to catch an early train home, cloaking myself once again in ‘sweet anonymity’, a trick perfected in the wake of many heart-breaking defeats. The journey home was uneventful and consoling, knowing full well that when the next ‘Big- One’ came along I would not be able to resist the bugle-call of the ‘Claret- Army’. I will not cease from Mental Fight, Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem In England’s green and pleasant land. Blake (again, again). The result and the manner of the defeat however did not detract from the enjoyment of the Day, which was one that will be cherished long in my memory for so many other reasons. A testament to the hospitality of the people of Halifax and in particularly to the friendly couple who run the Pie and Peas tea stall in the charmingly ornate covered market, thank you. Up the City, wheel ‘em in.

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Peter Smith - Here’s to another 75 years!

Photo: Matt Bradshaw It’s fair to say that 80-year-old Chelmsford City Supporter Pete Smith has been through a lot with the Clarets since he first began watching the side in 1945, and he’s here to share his stories with CLARETfication! So, first of all, what was it like growing up watching Chelmsford City? My late step-father worked on the turnstiles. I began watching the club when I was 12 but started working at the Co-op when I was 14 so stopped watching Chelmsford City then. I moved on when I was 16 years of age and worked hard so that I could watch the club again. However, the club used to play on a Monday afternoon so I used to run up the road get the half-time score and run back again to tell everyone! That was my first introduction and the strange part was that I always used to ask my step-father how they got on; the fact was that he wasn’t there! He said that we were playing well but he didn’t have a clue! I then started to watch the club on a Saturday afternoon. One instance that I can remember is we knocked off at half past two, when we were meant to be working overtime, and I looked around the ground – and there was my manager! I left work at the Co-op for family reasons and then returned again. Chelmsford Sunday football then came about and there, sitting on top of a cupboard, was a 1933 Cup which had been

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presented to the Duke Street for Australian produced. I made representations and asked: “Could I have that Cup to start the Sunday League off?” A man said yes as it wasn’t doing anything! Don’t ask me where it’s been since 1933 to 1962 but there it was! That kick started the Sunday football and we named our side Medway United as I lived in Medway Close. The first season we won runners-up in the league but we didn’t do too much after that. Do you remember much about your first City game? I don’t remember my first, but I know that it was bitterly cold. I came home and got a hot drink and, as it was so cold, it nearly blew my head off! My saddest moment was when we had to leave New Writtle Street but the humorous side was when we found that the Cricket Club were going to buy it. The best part was when we came back to Melbourne. Do you still get the same feeling of pride and passion when you watch City now as opposed to your first few years? Yes, definitely. I was talking to Leyton Orient supporters about the proposed move to the Olympic Stadium, and they said we are Leyton Orient. I think that goes with Chelmsford City too. No matter where we go in life Chelmsford City will always be the team. What makes the club unique? It’s like a band of brothers. The basis of New Writtle Street is still there at Melbourne. We all know each other and I think the club is special because of that. Do you think that the club uses the facilities at Melbourne Park well and getting information across quickly? You can never fool football supporters! No matter what team, they will never be fooled. They know what’s going on in the dressing room and they know what’s going on in the boardroom. You can say what you like; they know. Word gets out! It’s improving. Are you excited about the appointment of Dean Holdsworth? I don’t think you can mess with him! I’m very pleased. People know him from old and I think people respect him. He’s very professional and he knows what he’s about. I always say hello to the new managers and that’s as far as I want to go with anybody of that position. Do you have any memories from past City managers that you recall? There’s one. The late Geoff Walker was one of the best managers we’ve ever had. But Dave Bumpstead took over and he took it very badly and that he was, rightly or wrongly, unfairly treated. He came from Leeds and I worked with him for nine-and-a-half years. Who were the best players that you’ve seen at City? Oscar Hold was one of the greatest but he was a bit ruff with it! McCormack and Frank Soo were good. They used to have a drink beforehand and then go and play which of course you cannot do now. They’re all from the same era [1948-1950] and we never had too many people take their place. 19 | P a g e

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You won Clubman of the year a few years back. Does that go down as one of your best achievements? And is working closely with the club something that you enjoy doing? Definitely. I like to keep a low profile though. I’m the one you see in the background after the game! I enjoy working with everyone and I don’t have any particular dislike to anybody really. I chat to anyone! The young supporters are coming in and integrating with the older fans which is wonderful. The supporters have set their own team and the Supporters’ Club is doing great work. I’m proud to be a supporter and wherever we go there are supporters from all over. What’s been the best ground that you’ve travelled to in order to see the Clarets play? Dartford’s new stadium is one of the best. It’s very nice indeed. I’m pleased for the club, too. I went to Dartford’s old ground and their new one is definitely better. Do you enjoy away games and watching City play all across the country? Life’s catching up with me a bit but yes it’s great. The jokes and leg pulling are all things we get used to! Not many people are left behind on the supporters coach and they always find somewhere to stick someone in! You have some experience in football, being a manager twice, coach, linesman and referee. Is that something you enjoyed doing? Yes, of course. There was a game at Admirals Park and the Co-op had put a team together. I was asked whether I would like to go down and they wanted a linesman; I was their linesman. The following week they wanted referee, and I was their referee. I just blew my bloomin’ whistle and I was speaking to a gentleman a few weeks ago and he grabbed me by the shoulders and threw me to the ground! I said: “What did you do that for?” and he replied with: “Because you blew the whistle in my ear!” One instance was I left home after a family dispute and I was asked to referee another game at Patching Hall Lane via the post and I didn’t have a clue what to do! I enjoyed being a referee and a linesman very much. What are your thoughts on Grassroots football and volunteering within the sport? Is it something of importance to you? I’m all for Grassroots and I try to encourage it. I do voluntary work for the Essex County FA and I try to get to people who really matter and those families that try to rub their pennies together to see a game of football, even to watch Chelmsford City. I enjoy my non-league football no matter what I do. Grassroots is very important. I try to encourage young people to watch non-league football and get involved with Grassroots football. I speak to some people who will never watch a live match with their only hope being if their school or club takes them. I try to encourage those sorts of people. I think the club should really encourage youngsters who want to come but cannot for either financial restraints or other reasons.

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Instead of articles writing about the day’s experiences, we’ve injected new life into the ‘Clarets on Tour’ as it hits Social Media. Fans are invited to post their pictures from their travels, no matter how weird or embarrassing they may be, to the brand new Facebook and Twitter pages. Click the links to visit the pages, and to post your photos to Twitter, just tweet, and follow, @ClaretsOnTour. The best will be included in the Clarets’ award winning match day programme to further pose embarrassment on those who fell asleep on the way back home! We of course welcome those who wish to contribute articles and a mix of different ways of portraying your days out would be fantastic to see, and we are interested to see what the Claret faithful get up to! We hope that this portrays the madness that goes on when the Clarets hit the road!

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‘A View From The Clarets Boardroom’ By Derek Murr Salisbury May 2013 – With tears in his eyes he said “‘Degs, It’s time for some changes….” Chelmsford June 2013 – Two Supporters’ Club members are invited to join the Football Club board as Supporters’ Club Football Club Board Representatives. I am not saying these two events are connected but after a few mixed messages circulating over past few weeks I feel it's important to give Clarets fans an independent view as to what I believe is the role of a Supporters' Club Football Club Board Representative. Firstly, both Simon and I are very honoured to have been asked to take on this new role and we would especially like to thank Mansell Wallace for his brave decision (he is not the person mentioned in line one!) and the Committee members of the Chelmsford City Supporters’ Club for their support. Both Simon and I feel we are in this for the long term and we can contribute significantly to the future success of our Football Club. We attended our first Football Club Board Meeting in June 2013 and can honestly say that we are being treated as equals and discussions have been open and transparent as Mansell promised. Yes there have been some decisions made that City supporters have not liked but I can assure you that are being based on the future of our Football Club. Most regular fans wouldn't believe how difficult it can be at times to run a football club. First and foremost it is a limited company and its Directors are all individuals, all with different abilities; all with strong and often varied opinions on things. However the most important thing to remember is that, before any of that, they are above all else….Clarets fans. From there I can assure you that, although they might sometimes disagree, each one of them knows are focussed on the very best interests of our Football Club. The very first lesson that Simon and I learned was that being a supporter: a Supporters’ Club Committee member and a Supporters’ Club Football Club Board Representative does mean being firm with yourself and not letting one's heart rule one's head! Fans can be assured that Chelmsford City Football Club is in the right hands. Both Simon are excited about the new season. If you want to know more about the role of a Supporters’ Club Football Club Board Representative please go the Supporters’ Club website page http://www.chelmsfordcitysupportersclub.co.uk/fc-board-rep-s.html. The document you will see was drawn up by Supporters Direct to assist all supporter-elected directors to clearly outline their dual mandate from both supporters, who hold them accountable as their representative on the club board. NB: All directors, any supporter-director included, also have a responsibility to shareholders and the wider framework of company law. 22 | P a g e

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Your Responses From The Supporters’ Club Summer Survey 2013 Firstly, thanks to everybody that completed the survey as we appreciate that some of you found it a bit confusing but we did the data we needed to move things forward, so your efforts will not have been in vain. The Football Club board have been given copies of the survey results and full detail of all the responses that were given by many of you including the unprintable ones! So absolutely nothing has been held back. You will see elsewhere in this copy of CLARETfication! various bar charts detailing the responses to our questions. Here is a broad overview of some of the ‘printable’ responses provided by some of you: Improvements To Matchday Experience –The most common responses were:        

Better Public Address System and Electronic Scoreboard. Half time and pre-match entertainment and half-time scores. Chips, better food and hard plastic glasses – not thin ones. Reduce beer and food queues and have a bottled beer bar. A ‘proper’ football ground with better atmosphere. Players socialising with supporters after games – win or lose! Reduce the number of tables in the main club bar. Pre-order half time drinks.

Are you happy with the way the FC is currently being run? – The most common responses were:     

We need to reduce the debt and be more transparent over finances. The communication has improved but could be better. We need to more proactive. Wait and see, if the communication fails, the club will fail. No, the make-up of the board giving fancy titles is laughable. Nothing changes. It's about putting the right people in the right places. I can't current see that with this board.

What best describes your relationship with the SC? – The only three negative comments were (the rest of you were happy!):   

As a season ticket holder cannot see attraction. I joined one year and received absolutely nothing would rather have given the money to the parent club, and have done ever since. The only benefit was a few quid off the team shirt. I haven't brought one for years and so it’s not necessary for me to join.

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What areas of the SC, do you think needs to improve? – This is the complete list: 

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All of the above, the phase lions led by donkeys comes to mind, time for a revamp, and do what a supporters club is meant to do, and raise/provide funds to the parent club, to help build a successful team on the pitch. Both matchday presence (I find the SC is almost invisible on matchdays, unless you know where to look) and a clear vision/target for what the Supporters' Club will achieve in terms of assisting the club during the season. Can't really comment. Chelmsford city soapbox still the main arena with news. Official site is slow in putting news on. I am not close enough to comment objectively. I really can’t pick one as I think we have a superb SC that most clubs at our level would love to have. Maybe if The SC played a more active role promoting the lottery even more people would contribute to this very worthwhile promotion. More fund raising events. The Chinese is a good night and should be more regular. Sometimes events are too haphazard in arranging them. None they do a good job. None, the SC are doing a great job and the football club are very fortunate to have such a great committee of people and loyal members.

What are your favourite moments in supporting City? – These are your top five:     

FA Cup Colchester United at Home 2012 – 45.1% Any FA Cup win – 17.1% Any game at New Writtle Street – 6.1% Beating AFC Wimbledon – 4.9% Beating Kettering – 3.7%

What is your lowest moment in supporting City? – These are your top (bottom!) four:    

Leaving New Writtle Street – 29.1% Losing Play-off games – 24.1% Losing leads in games – 7.6% Roy McDonough era – 5.1%

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Your funniest moment while supporting Chelmsford? – These are your top four:    

Peter Foster being thrown out at Welling – 10.3% The banter with City Supporters – 10.3% Sam Corcoran’s free kick – 5.2% The Parrot falling over – 3.4%

Your best City player that you’ve watched? – These are your top seven:       

Ricky Holmes – 28.9% Peter Taylor – 7.9% Frank Petersen – 6.6% Jeff Minton – 5.3% Dave Rainford – 3.9% Tony Butcher – 3.9% Frank Bishop – 3.9%

Your 75th Anniversary message? – These are your top five:     

Happy 75th keep on wheelin em in! Here is to another 75 years. Wheel em in! Roll on the next 75! Enjoy the Club.

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Adam May Chats with Caroline Barker Mrs Non-League, Caroline Barker, talks all things Claret with Supporters’ Club Press Officer Adam May. What makes Chelmsford City FC special to you? Why do you love the club so much? Wherever you spend your formative years will be special, but because City has been such a focal point for my family (we've even got my mum down for big games) and a rite of passage for boyfriends and friends, it's those shared moments you always treasure. How instrumental was your father in your affection for the club? My Dad was the key holder for New Writtle Street, so every Saturday I'd cycle down with him to the ground and we'd clean all the wooden seats on match day. There's nothing quite like being in an empty football ground, and I cherish those moments with my dad, a lemonade and the view. You had a stint as Chief Executive Officer during the 2009/10 season. What was it like to be as involved as you were with the Clarets? - Incredible. Hard work. Rewarding. I was fortunate at the time that my business was working with a sporting client and I was able to get some sizeable funding in for the club which helped with the cash flow, more importantly I would like to think my contacts within the world of Non-League helped with some of the restructuring. Non-League football clubs suck you in and I'd love to still be in that role, but sadly life away from Melbourne Park is wildly busy at the moment, but I still help whenever time allows and am always chewing someone's ear off about something or other! Who was your favourite player that you've seen don a Claret shirt? - I had somewhat of a crush on Lance Pedlar and his marauding runs, I think my dad still has one of his shirts somewhere at home, can't believe I left it there when I moved out! If you could pick your three all-time greatest memories from watching City, what would they be? - We were playing Gravesend and Northfleet away from home and they put out over the tannoy that the tunnel was shut back from Kent so we'd have to go the long way home, the home fans laughed, away fans booed... but I loved it! I'd was already lucky to be out late as it was a school night, we didn't arrive home until after 1am, which just also happened to be my birthday. I also remember Roy McDonough being booed after scoring for the club (he was that despised by then) and my brother, who had long curly blonde hair lead the chorus from the Wolesley Road End. I remember thinking he was my hero for being, what I regarded, naughty! But one of the strongest memories was being given a membership certificate by my Mum and dad when we, as a family clubbed together To help when things looked bleak. I'd been saving 26 | P a g e

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up for as long as I could remember for a drum set (yes really) but the money went to the club instead. Most of my family became members and the strength and resilience of the fans when all looked lost is what makes our club so special. It was the best £100 I ever spent. Are you excited by what Dean Holdsworth could potentially bring to the club? Is he the right man to take the club forward? - What pleased me most about Dean is the way the board conducted themselves in hiring him. A thorough interview process with no names leaked (unless the managers leaked them) and they set themselves a criteria for what they wanted to achieve and what they expected in return. All clubs need to be sustainable, but I think the club needed value put back in, this doesn't mean money but rather enjoyment, excitement, anticipation, I think that is what Dean has and will deliver, a fresh start. It's not going to be easy, but his training and coaching abilities are second to none, add to that his contacts and his willingness to win and I can only see a positive outcome. We're very lucky to have him. How do you assess the team's chances this season? - I've been to the Orient and Southend games and what pleased me is the organisation of the team and even the marked difference between each game. We're using set-pieces, bullying and breaking up play and when things weren't going right in the Southend game Dean adjusted his set-up straight away. The budget has been cut, but Dean has already put together a powerful team, which I hope I should be able to see most Monday nights. Your own career is now blossoming with you becoming increasingly involved with the BBC. Is it fair to say that you are 'living the dream'? -I'm incredibly fortunate at some of the sport I get to watch and often have “pinch yourself” moments. My business is going well too and I’m lucky to be surrounded by some very talented people. It's hard work, but yes a dream to be part of. The Non-League show is also showing its true colours and its fan base is constantly growing. Do you think that it's added a new dimension to non-league football as a whole, and are you pleased with the progress that the show is making? - The show has allowed me to be the real geek I want to be about Non-League, it's a great platform for our game. With the backing of BBC 5live, the Non-League Paper and now BT the exposure this season will be immense, I hope we all embrace it and show off our best assets! What makes Non-league football so appealing to yourself? What makes it unique from other leagues? - The fans. I genuinely believe everyone involved in the club now is here because we love it and that's a rarity in football. Many minds one heart is so appropriate when it comes to Non-League football, and especially City. Finally, do you have a message for the Claret fans? - Up the city...Wheel 'em in!

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What It means To Be a Clarets Fan (and Why I Keep Coming Back) By Will O’Donnell I was six years old when we lost New Writtle Street. I used to go to the home games with my Dad and my Brother. I can remember my Mum sitting me down and showing me an article from the Essex Chronicle and then explained to me that there would be a strong chance I would not be able to go watch live football anymore on a Saturday. Of course this piece of news was not taken very well and there was the usual six year olds tantrum of lots of crying, slamming of doors and sulking. Thankfully this never became the case. Then there were the ground shares at Maldon and Billericay. At this point if I knew just how cold Maldon was going to be then it may have affected my attendance. It didn’t take much persuading of my Dad to take me across to Maldon or Billericay. It would have been easy not to bother going to watch Chelmsford City in what has been come to known as our ‘Wilderness Years.’ However I (along with a lot of others) stuck at it and we now find ourselves back in the borough at Melbourne Park. So why do we do it? Why do we come back week in week out and watch Chelmsford City? Why go to away games in places where you would not go and visit normally or if a friend/relative said to you “I think we should go visit here” your response would be “why?” (I’m going to avoid being controversial and not mention any names!) One of my favourite quotes is from the late Sir Bobby Robson and it’s as follows – “What is a club in any case? Not the building or the Directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It's not the TV contracts; get out clauses or the marketing departments or the Executive boxes. It's the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your City" Although originally not from Chelmsford, my family and I moved here when I was two and so Chelmsford has been my home for almost my entire life (I’m 22 now) as I consider Chelmsford my hometown and have a great love for the City. I guess having that pride means that I enjoy the look on League clubs faces when they meet us on a train or in a pub and they can’t quite believe it when they look at the badge on our shirts. Having that pride means going around the country with lots of other people watching the club week in week out. There are people who have been watching this club far longer than I have and have lived in Chelmsford far longer than I have, but it’s the same for them. Chelmsford is our home and we are all proud to say that is where we live and where we are from. Then there is the feeling of acceptance. Although we all wish New Writtle Street was never taken from us, the one positive that arose from it was the camaraderie shown in our time of need. I have always enjoyed and admired this side of our fan base. I have always admired the 28 | P a g e

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fact that we have fans who will do admirable things (such as the long walks, three peaks challenge, The Cannonball run etc.) to raise money for the club they love. That people will invest so much of their time and effort (and money) just too keep their Football Club going is something I will always be proud to say I’m a part of. Getting to have our moments at places like Oldham, Aldershot, Wycombe, Macclesfield and Crawley where we take hundreds (and in some cases over a thousand) where we can represent the City we all love and hold dear to us is something we all live for and something we will never want changed. There is a great deal of acceptance from our fan base. I feel sometimes like I’m part of one large family when I go to football. I enjoy the fact no one feels they are bigger or better than anyone else or this football club. I have made some great friends watching this football club and I see many great friendships when I come to games which for a lot of people is why they come back week in week out and I’m sure I’m not alone with these sentiments. The banter, the laughs, the moments of joy and disappointment which we all share when watching this football club is what keeps us coming back for more. Remember we are a club run by the fans for the fans. It’s not his club, my club, her club. It’s OUR club. For me being a Chelmsford City fan is about patience. It’s about taking the rough with the smooth (although it times there has been way more rough.) Yes there has been a lot of disappointment and bad luck, but that’s what then makes moments like beating AFC Wimbledon or Colchester in the FA Cup all the more special. I do believe one day we will find ourselves in the Conference National, our time will come. It won’t be easy as let’s all be honest doing things easy just isn’t the Chelmsford City way but I for one know I wouldn’t want to miss any second of it.

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‘To Be Frank it’s about those Claret Whines that filled Billy’s Boots’ by Derek Murr ‘In the late ‘80’s there were a few fanzines around but it was really the early ‘90’s when football ‘sold its soul’ with the introduction of Sky Football and as attendances fell on the terraces many clubs in Non-League and lower divisions of the Football League began to experience difficulties. It was also about this time that a plethora of ‘fans-enraged football magazines’ exploded on to the scene in order to express their feelings at how their own clubs and football in general was being run. Many of these fanzines were sold outside the ground by volunteers on matchdays. Their content characterised by cynical, sarcastic and occasionally insightful journalism though there was also an emphasis on visual jokes. They would sometimes out-sell their own club’s matchday programmes! Their local newspapers would call them "witty" for political-corrective reasons! Nearly a quarter of a century later fanzines still exist but internet Messageboards are now the preferred media. ’ End of social commentary….. Have you worked out what’s’ behind the title of this piece? If you haven’t it is because you were not a Chelmsford City Supporter in the early ‘90’s. Editor-in-Chief Simon Stancevic asked if I could do a ‘quick’ retrospective look at the Chelmsford City fanzines during those turmoil years. Why? Due to my witty and incisive editorial, writing and publishing skills with two Southend United fanzines during the same period. Ouch! That brings back memories! So let’s get the apologies out of the way first. They go the editorial teams of Gary Mixture, Andy Foster, Jon Read, Dave Gore, Dave Elder, Angela Plunkett, Rob Luton, Roger Daly, Paul King, Pete Dixon and Helen Williams. I hope I haven’t missed anybody. I’m sure someone will let me know if I have! From what I’ve read City’s own fanzines weren’t that much different to those in the aforementioned social commentary. Overall which one do I consider the best of the three? ‘Claret Whine’…by a huge margin. Why? It appeared to be the most professionally produced of the three. Its contents were more up to date; had more pages and more humour than the other two i.e. ‘To Be Frank!’ and ‘Billy’s Boots’. OK ‘Billy’s Boots’ was the first of the three but it was sadly lacking the editorial ‘kick’ (excuse the intended pun) of the other two. The rest is history…

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The Cannonball Run Two – This Time They’ve got SatNav! By Jon Read So, 75 years has come and gone, and we’re still here fighting. Much of this is due to the extraordinary spirit shown by the fans over the years, and the diehard ‘never say die’ attitude towards adversity . We’ve had more knockbacks than member of the Bulgarian Female Weightlifting team on Prom Night, and currently find ourselves on our fourth ground in those 75 years. We’ve suffered false dawns, broken promises, Council call-in’s and eviction notices. We’ve had more crisis meetings than all the bankers in London put together, and we’ve probably raised more money than the same bunch of miscreants too! This year, we want to revisit season 2003/4 – January 2004 to be precise. This season will be the tenth Anniversary of the fabled ‘Cannonball Run’ event. Five lonely and unfulfilled individuals who decided to raise a few quid by driving to all 24 Non-league grounds in the Dr. Martens League Premier Division – which is where the mighty Clarets found themselves at the time. We set ourselves a 24 hour target to visit all 24, which included finishing at New Lodge, Billericay, and our home at the time. We were to take an evidentiary photo of each ground sign, and be back at ‘Ricay for 2pm on the day of a game. How easy…… For those of you who remember the jaunt, you may remember it was fraught with danger. The book of the event recalls: “When the Fundraising Committee (FRC) pledged to try to raise £70k for this season, little did we know what sort of a season we were in store for, although the omens were there? The lure of the new ground, we countered, would see us through, that and the flying pigs and the goose with its golden eggs.” However, never underestimate the power of football fans. From a shrinking hard-core of fans have emerged lions of fundraising, as supporters have come forward with schemes, plans and ideas. To list them all would take too long, although my personal favourite was to try to get a sponsored Peter Foster to run naked from one goal to the other with an orchid where the sun doesn’t shine! I think this had potential. Another that will hopefully come to fruition is ‘Cool Hand Richie and Johnny’, where two of City’s most hungry of fans will face each other over a heaving table of 100 boiled eggs, 50 each. Other more sober schemes are already in place, as Paul Gorrie’s ‘Brain of Soccer’, La Foster’s ‘Fantasy Football’, together with Sam Older, and many, many others. These may seem small fry at the time, but are building a puzzle of some magnitude, one of a loyal group of caring, passionate folk who really doesn’t know when to give in.

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And this was just the start. Whereas the mad fools preparing to take part were frantically gathering route info, energy bars and copies of ‘Razzle’ to keep them awake, the weather was taking a turn for the worse. News of an impending doom hits you in a variety of ways. Everything was set up so nicely, all preparations completed and I’d even bought a pack of 12 ‘Mars Bars’. As you know, we’d all had long enough to prepare for the ferocity of the snow storm that hit us in the week before ‘The Run’, but as it was Wednesday lunchtime and still hadn’t arrived, I was praying to all my Gods (Robbie Garvey, Billy Bremner, David Brent…) for the white stuff to stay away. Checking the internet weather sights every ten minutes, I was hopeful we’d miss the deluge, but it finally hit us with a vengeance at 16.55pm on Wednesday 28th January. Gary tested me a few hours later, with the snow deeper than a Columbian cartel’s storeroom, advising me to knock it on the head for this weekend. He had a point, and I pretty much had resigned myself to this scenario – just clinging on to the faint hope that the proposed thaw would be swift and masterful. Indeed, the next day dawned sunny and warmer, and the snow did thaw, leaving muddy puddles littering the town. Regular contact with the lads, and the roller coaster was on an ‘up’ slope, as we all decided to plough on ahead unless things deteriorated badly. Despite all this, and with the aid of Gary Mixture and Johnny Butcher, the trip got underway. There’d been a fair bit of media and PR for the event, and we’d somehow managed to scrape together over £2k between us – not bad for 10 years ago. Things had snow-balled (pardon the pun) somewhat, and once again the City public had gotten behind us. The trip itself? I couldn’t really do it justice in these pages, but it was a slog. Beginning in Cambridge, and actually being seen off by Jez George, former Youth guru of Cambridge City and later Cambridge United manager was a nice touch. Jez has since undertaken many a fundraising venture himself, and I’d like to think we planted the seed in his mind of what your average fan can achieve. The route took us North, to the wastes of Grantham, then down towards the midlands. We wanted to be in Stafford by 18.45, and we duly arrive in the industrial area that homes the ground five minutes ahead of schedule. Again, the social club is pounding out a beat of crap disco music, and a 50-year-old man is seen on stage, frantically plucking at the strings of his battered guitar – it’s only a quarter to seven, don’t they have any self-control in Stafford? The weather has, strangely, turned balmy and the incessant rain has stopped, making the photo stop a little more comfortable this time around. We’re positively light-hearted by the time we continue our journey, turning the car round and pointing it in the direction on Birmingham. We then headed due west, towards the scary part….. 32 | P a g e

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Maybe it was the degree of comfort that we were feeling that made us stop, or maybe the lure of a cup of tea and a warm urinal. Whatever it was, the unanimous vote to stop at the services on the M42 could have been our downfall – but the 15 minutes stretch did the job and delayed the Deep Vein Thrombosis a little longer. Resuming after a cuppa, we headed onto the M5 and pointed south. Worcester was next on the list, and a particular favourite of mine, being an old style, traditional ground. Having visited St. Georges Lane on a number of times, and enjoyed a few pints at the canal side pub next door, I knew it was slap bang in the middle of a housing estate. On a road that would test even the ‘Fourways Flyer’, we pulled into the ground just as BBC Wales was treating us to the pleasures of ‘Lambada’, narrowly missing a pensioner who appeared hell bent on either death or reaching the Worcester City Social Club before the end of the bingo. Photos were taken, much to the amusement of two Worcester City officials who were exiting a nearby portakabin, and it was back into the luxury of a dry, warm car for the journey ahead – another one down, and the clock saying 20.35pm. The streets of Worcester were teeming with the young and beautiful, off out to finish the week with a bang – I felt a slight pang of jealousy, as we picked our way through the pretty side roads and on by the cricket ground. It would be nice to be able to sink a few right now, we all concurred, as we all drifted off in unison to our fantasised watering holes. It was planned to meet up with some new-found friends in Merthyr, and much planning had taken place involving them meeting us for a beer (only a half, mind…) at around 10.30pm on the Friday night. All sounds quite gentle. What met us, however, was far from that. We were met by three lads, bounding up enthusiastically to meet us. Our initial reaction was to surreptitiously look for any weapons they were carrying, but fortunately this resulted in a ‘no trace’. They introduced themselves, manically shaking our hands, but I’m afraid to say that I could only understand one of their names and that was Mark who I knew anyway. We were quickly ushered into ‘Strikers’, and I immediately put my foot in it by mentioning that I was sure I’d been in a bar just like this, called ‘Chasers’, in Slough. The lads pushed us through a crowd at the door, the bouncers all broken noses and tattoos (and that was just the women…) and thrust us towards the bar. They’d had a whip round and refused our advances to ‘get them in’, saying that it was down to them, as hosts. Their generosity continued, as money was forced upon us at every opportunity, personal cheques as well as a collection from their Supporters Club. I thought I’d risk a shandy, Johnny and Bazza slurped greedily at a bottle of Bud whilst Gav and Kev sagely stuck to soft drinks – it was like nectar from the Gods but could we squeeze another in? Glancing around ‘Strikers’, in between shouting conversations with the lads, the place was absolutely heaving. Tough looking women, with more cleavage than a Thai lady boy, shavenheaded blokes drinking snakebite and Abba pounding out of the sound system – heaven, to five 33 | P a g e

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weary travellers like us. Some of the lads were finding the company quite distracting, and one longhaired reveller kept bumping into Johnny – was he mad? Christ only knows what would’ve happened if we had told Johnny that the guy was trying to steal his remaining Mars Bar! The atmosphere was intoxicating, and I was desperate to stay for one more, then maybe one more… It was a stunning effort from the Welsh lads, one never forgotten. They bunged us a few notes, and were on their way – back into the sweaty, heaving bosom of the Merthyr Social Club. From here on in, the tiredness really kicked in, and we battled our way southwards, back to God’s Own England. The weather was closing in like a big budget Hollywood movie, and we were stuck down in the nether regions of the UK. By this time, we’re on our third change of drivers, and the reality was kicking in. Poor Gavin really has it tough, as we approach our destination, Dorchester, as the fog is so thick it’s deeper than Jordan’s D-cup and you can barely see past the bonnet. Couple with a gale and torrential rain, things are as low as they could get, we all wish we were tucked up nicely in bed – some even wish to be in our own beds. Gavin struggles on through the murkiness, and finally we sight land, but at a cost. Gavin is shattered and we’ve fallen behind the clock thanks to difficult conditions and a change of route. It’s 05.10am as we pull into Tescos, for the photos of Dorchester. Gav says he’ll push on manfully to Weymouth – what a bloke! The thought of what our babies would look like fleetingly crosses my mind….. Apparently, Dorchester is famous for either Trev or Simon out of ‘Trev’n’ Simon’, the popular BBC entertainers. Like them, at this point in the morning, we weren’t feeling very humorous either. As the sun rose, well and truly decamped behind numerous bands of cruddy weather, alarm bells were starting to ring about that day’s game – the plan being to complete the task, and arrive home to ‘Ricay in a blaze of glory, thus adding a few more quid to the total. With five fully signed up to the ‘City Priority Text Service’ mobiles in the car, when all five go off together at 08.20am, it’s pretty obvious what the result is – we’d been fully expecting it, and none of us even felt the need to mention it for some while. Obviously, the disappointment of the game was tangible; we’d even planned to do a quick blanket collection to boost the total. This now wouldn’t happen, but we still had to complete the task. Gary ‘phoned me soon after, condolences were exchanged and we looked ahead to finishing the job we’d started, over 18 hours before. So, the game at home that day had been called off, and we were left adrift, alone with our thoughts. Oh bugger. So, all we were left to do was to complete the task – a task which was by

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no means a foregone conclusion. We were approximately 25 minutes behind schedule, with a tricky coastal stretch to navigate around Kent. It’s always Kent, isn’t it…… We whipped around Sussex, hitting the seaside at Eastbourne, but it wasn’t an ice cream day. Speed was now of the essence, and every traffic jam and road block was met with sighs, groans, and one of two hand gestures. The A27 was a particularly bad experience, a coast road complete with caravans, pushbikes and elderly Darby & Joan holidaymakers off to bother good honest football folk. I’m back behind the wheel, and desperate to try and get past as many cars as I can. It’s funny how, after all this time on the road, it’s boiled down to us getting to Welling and on to Billericay within the next couple of hours – we all think back to the couple of impromptu stops we had at the M42, and back on the A259. It’s a quiet and uncomfortable spell, as a couple of us mention that they think they’ve been hallucinating – something about floating cars and cows, that’s too much Mexican Chicken, that is. I’m back behind the wheel and I’m breaking numerous laws to pass as many Sunday drivers out a day early as possible. Twin this with the fact that Dover sometimes feels like it is on the outskirts of our solar system and you are facing quite a journey – Scientists recently estimated that it would take 10,000 years for a manned craft to reach the edge of our solar system, we have a little over 2 hours…I sense Roy Castle would’ve been interested in this attempt… Thoughts start to run through my mind. We could’ve easily have given ourselves an extra ten minutes or so: I feel like Oskar Schindler, right at the end of the film, when he realises that he could’ve saved more Jews if he’d have flogged his gold badge – actually, I feel nothing like him, but the comparison get those comatose in the car talking. This is a good thing, because the tension is becoming apparent. We chat to Gary on the mobile blower, advising him that we ‘should’ be OK, but you never know…. We negotiate The Crabble, and skirt up to Welling, literally entering the last hour of the challenge. It really does boil down to hitting no traffic on a Saturday afternoon, and passing the Tunnel we are relieved to see beautiful clear skies of Essex, and clear tolls in Kent. The last bit went really quickly, as we zip up through the back roads. As we pull into Blunts Wall Road, Billericay, the clock hit 23 hours 31 minutes. Disembarking from the car amidst a sea of Mars wrappers and flaky, sausage roll pastry, we stand quietly in the empty car park and ponder. Each will have his own thoughts; mine initially consider how numb my arse is. Moments later, we hear a cheer from near the practice pitch, but it’s just the players training.

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I am physically and mentally shattered and, looking around, the other guys aren’t exactly jumping through hoops. The enormity hasn’t hit in, our first chore is to take the final photo – then we check the Billericay Town Social Club, but that’s shut too. Bugger…… Our quest for a drink is soon answered, though, as Gary, Flemmy and Paul Gorrie arrive, checking the mileage and warmly shaking our hands. With a pop of a cork, Gary empties a bottle of Pomagne over our heads, and then is chased around the car park by an irate Johnny White – I didn’t know he had the energy. Comic scenes then ensue, as we do some photos, five zombies and a huge smile. It was a bit surreal, but hugely enjoyable, and a tidy sum was raised. There’s probably easier ways to do this, but we don’t really do easy, do we? What did we learn? Well, the good folk who have City at heart helped raise nearly £4,000. Also, I am not built to sit in a car for 23 hours. Finally, if we’d planned better, we could’ve had an extra 29 minutes in the bar at Merthyr. So, this season, we want to revisit this – and do all 24 grounds in the present Conference South. To add a twist, we’re looking for two cars – to each set off in different directions. And to add yet another twist, there’ll be memento’s required from each ground. Stand by for more news on this shortly, but it’ll be fun along the way. We think we deserve a bit of fun – after all, 75 years and I think we’re just starting to let our hair down.

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‘1994 and all That – Parts 1 & 2’ by Adrian Neale This piece has been re-published with a few minor changes from Issues 9 and 10 of the ‘Chelmsford City Historian’ and with the kind permission of Dave Selby. “Sometimes when we search for the Holy Grail we end up with oblivion.” (pundit) First of all my thanks to David Selby, for allowing me to recall the events of 1994 from my perspective. Being an accountant, I won’t blame anyone if they don’t get past the first paragraph or two but I’ll try to make it interesting! I am sure that my memory will let me down as there has been a lot of water under the bridge from that time in May/June 1994 when I joined a largish group of supporters to hear Dennis Wakeling and Jeff Lygoe tell us about the sorry financial state that the Football Club was in. I clearly remember them saying how the Football Club had put a proposal together to turn the pitch, at New Writtle Street, round, but their proposals had been rejected. As a result of this rejection the Board felt unable to take the Club forward and if anyone wanted to run a football club here was one on offer. I heard a voice behind me say words to the effect of “I’ll have some of that” and turning round saw, for the first time, Trevor Wright. I remember Trevor asking for help and putting my hand up as if I was at school. “Good” I remember Trevor saying we need a Bean Counter. A small group of other supporters also volunteered their services that evening and so the ‘New’ Chelmsford City Football Club was formed. If I forget someone I apologise but the names on the Committee that I remember were Rob Luton, David Gore, Dave Clarke, Rob Wigley and his ex-wife and Steve Dorrington. Each of these went over and above the call of duty in their efforts to save our club and I’m sure each will have their own anecdotes of events of the time. Dave Clarke also recruited Dave Selby as Reserve Team Secretary. Other names that I have to mention are A small group of David Buckle and his wife Polly who together with other supporters also Ian Brown managed the turnstiles so well that volunteered their season. Also the Danskin family, John and his two services that evening lads Paul and Stewart, and Helen Williams and of and so the ‘New’ course the late John Crumley (RIP) as well as Chelmsford City Gary Mixture and Big John (‘Buzz Lightyear’)

Football Club was formed.

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White all of whom worked (and in some cases still do) tirelessly for the benefit of the Football Club. I must also mention two Gentlemen whose experience in matters football was invaluable, namely Brian Butcher (RIP) and the Legend that was Don Walker (RIP). Brian was the kit man, Ian (Butch) Butcher’s dad and sadly passed away just as we were about to make him a Football Club Board director. Of course Don needs absolutely no introduction. Little did I know what I had let myself in for and to be honest, as I said to Trevor before the home game against East Thurrock United (recently), if I had my time again and knew then what I know now, I would have kept my hand firmly by my side. So where do I start? Well first of all we had no players and no manager. Joe O’Sullivan had resigned and all the players had gone. However even if we had a team we were under suspension by the FA for the non-payment of a transfer fee to Harwich and Parkeston and possibly worst of all, we discovered that the New Writtle Street ground had been mortgaged to a Property Company in Grays and the Football Club was in default on the mortgage payments, the loan crystallised and the ground became the property of the Property Company under the auspices of a ‘Law Of Property Act Receiver’. Additionally, the company running the Football Club had gone into Receivership and so there were effectively two Receivers to deal with. Of course we only had two and a half months in which to solve all these issues. Manager and Team: Trevor and I and, I think, Dave Clarke, met up with Joe O’Sullivan in a pub near Hanningfield and convinced him to come back. Joe and I were never destined to be mates but I guess we respected each other in our own individual roles. Trevor offered him what I thought was a very high playing budget which Joe accepted far too quickly for my liking but at least it meant that we had made a start. I cannot remember player names but I suspect that virtually the whole of the previous season’s squad were recruited to come back. So we had our team. The “Sine Die” Suspension: Basically this means that the suspension was indefinite. Trevor went, I think with Dave Clarke to visit the FA and find out how to get the “Sine Die” suspension lifted and also to determine if the Club would be allowed to play under a new Holding Company. The suspension was lifted via the payment of the transfer fee plus I suspect a penalty. Through the generosity of the fans we raised the funds to pay Harwich and Parkeston. We were, I’m not sure how, allowed to play under the guise of a new Company which was not compelled to assume the assets (there weren’t any) nor, much more importantly, the liabilities (there were loads) of the previous Company. 38 | P a g e

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There was one caveat though, and that was the need to produce quarterly accounts in a specified format which had to be submitted to the FA within a week of the end of each quarter starting with the period to 30th September 1994. I remember asking Trevor how on earth the F.A. had agreed to that and he just gave me a knowing wink. I never asked again. No Ground: As I said above, this was probably, in my perception, the most difficult issue to overcome. However I went with Trevor to visit the Property Company owner and certainly to my surprise, if not Trevor’s, the guy, I’ve forgotten his name, was very reasonable and granted us a lease for a year starting from the soon to be played friendly against Southend United. A Company: I have mentioned above the need for a Company and for this I take full responsibility, that is the name; it’s first directors (Me and Trevor); it’s creation; and the choice of a Company Limited by Guarantee. The reason for this was that the Official Receiver wanted £5,000 for the fixtures and fittings at the ground. I also wanted to avoid any one individual having control and so I decided on the company set up. It does exactly what it says on the tin – ‘The Supporters of Chelmsford City Football Club Limited’ – it probably took me a couple of days to think that up! However it served its purpose as, again from memory, an initial 58 souls came forward with £100 each giving me sufficient to pay the Receiver. One other thing that happened at that time which has stayed with me very clearly was that at one of the regular Supporter’ Club meetings that we held in the run up to the new season, I did my usual bit of asking for money and a gentleman, who will remain nameless (he may not even be around anymore) gave me a scrap of paper on which he had written ‘IOU £1,000’. On giving me this he said he would come round to my house on the Saturday morning and give me a cheque for the same amount. Sure enough, on the Saturday he came to my house and gave me the cheque. When I looked at it, it read ‘Pay The Supporters…….. £4,000’ – remember this was 1994 and that was a shed load of money. He said that he had intended to leave the money to the Football Club in his will, but that our need was great now. I sat in silence and am not embarrassed to admit, shed a tear or two over that one. I found out later that he was related to a Chelmsford City player (one of my favourites) but as I said I will not disclose his name. 39 | P a g e

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Pre-Season 1994-1995 Begins There were so many issues being dealt with at the time so I’ll just go through those bits that I was responsible for or heavily involved in, as follows: Insurance: The previous Football Club board had not paid the insurance premium on New Writtle Street and my first enquiries met with a resounding “You must be joking”. However on the day before the Southend United Friendly, I managed to persuade a national insurer to come to the ground and we sat in the stand trying to work out a deal. I was shocked to learn that the premium (remember that the Stand was wooden and needed a fire certificate) was enormous, nearly £4,000 and due to the club not having paid the previous year they wanted half of the premium immediately. So another large cheque had to be found. Pre-Season 1994-1995 (Continued) – The FD’s View Trading Name: This may seem like trivia and obvious, but I recognised quite early in the events of that summer that we needed to be able to trade as Chelmsford City FC. I spoke to the Official Receiver and put my request in writing. This name had been used by the previous regime and I was unsure as to whether he would allow it. But allow it he did and I was able to go back to Trevor and tell him. I then pointed out that the sale of Dave Morrison to Peterborough United had been negotiated in the name of Chelmsford City FC and since that was now our name the final instalment of the transfer fee (due after a certain number of appearances) would be ours. Can’t remember exactly but it was certainly a five figure sum. The Southern League: Although the FA had given us permission to recommence playing and had lifted our suspension, we still needed the consent of the Southern League to be re-admitted to their league. About 10 days prior to the season starting they came to meet us. I clearly remember that we laid on a superb buffet in our attempt to persuade them to let us back in. Not sure that it got us anywhere though. The men in suits came and listened attentively while in turn both Trevor, I and Dave Clark went through the efforts that we, the Committee and the supporters had made to ensure the continuation of the Football Club. We had prepared a reasonably detailed financial budget and this was looked at in some detail. Finally the members of the Southern League asked to be

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excused and went out of the boardroom and up into the Main Stand where they spoke for what seemed like an absolute age before returning. Upon their return there was no indication, from their expression as to what they had decided so we had to sit through the whole speech. They said how much they wanted a club like Chelmsford City to continue in their league given our history but they were concerned that we had not assumed the assets and liabilities of the previous company. However they were prepared to overlook this. Just when I was about to heave a huge sigh of relief, their spokesperson said “We require a bond to the Value of £15,000 to be put into an escrow (holding) account for the forthcoming season by way of guarantee that running expenses would be met. My heart sank, as I knew that the Club did not have that kind of money available. However my concern was momentary as, without batting an eyelid, said that he would take care of that. My joy was immeasurable and I left the meeting thinking that the final obstacle (Barring the Insurance above) had been overcome. The season starts: Ten days after that meeting, we kicked off the 1994/1995 season with a home fixture against Solihull Borough. I could not bring myself to sit in the Main Stand having always been keen on being behind the goal. However for that particular match, I just wanted to be on my own and I stood for the first half on my own at the Car Park End. I was hardly aware of the action going on being rather emotional about what we, led by Trevor, had achieved in such a short space of time. It was all rather too much. However, an hour and half or so later with a 3-1 victory under our belts I realised that Chelmsford City was back! The FA Cup 1994/1995 and the ‘Case Of The Missing £4,000: Although as a prudent (?) accountant, I would never budget to win more than one FA Cup match, I, like any other fan would always hope that we would embark on a long and lucrative run in this prestigious competition. And so it started with a home game against Barton Rovers, which was a scrappy affair but we won 1–0. In the Second Round we were paired with local rivals Witham and again laboured to a 1–0 win. Both of these two opening games were played at New Writtle Street. The third match was our first away game of the competition and we were drawn at Hendon. Much earlier in the year, before ever getting involved with Chelmsford, I had booked a holiday with my family to visit my brother in the USA and I left on 1st October 1994 for this holiday, not before I had completed and sent the first set of accounts to the FA, which meant a long night. I slept well on the plane though! A hurried call while away and I discovered that we had again been victorious by 1–0 at Hendon.

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I knew that I would also be away for the following round which was away to VS Rugby. I am not quite sure of the dates but the away game was played on the Saturday and I was due to leave to come home on the Sunday arriving back on the Monday morning. I knew that Trevor was leaving on the Sunday for a holiday in Turkey. Of course I found out in the morning (local time in the USA) that we had drawn with VS Rugby and that the replay was scheduled for New Writtle Street on the Monday. I had a brief chat with Trevor and made plans for the replay over a long distance call. I had just time to get back from the Airport, drop my wife and children off at home and head for the Ground. I need not have rushed as most of the match day tasks had already been dealt with. Of course we already knew that the winners of the replay had been drawn away to Wycombe. As usual, after the match, Dave Buckle had prepared the individual gate records and all I had to do was add it all up and check against the total cash. As we had had no secure rooms at New Writtle Street, I used to take everything home, spread everything out over the living room floor and check everything. Having got to the end I discovered that the cash was exactly £4,000 short and went into a state of panic re-counting twice. I had convinced myself that I had lost this money and how was I ever going to explain it to Trevor. As a last resort, I rang Dave Buckle and told him that I was exactly four grand short. “I know where that is” he replied. “Sorry” he said, we put it to one side and must have forgotten to hand it over. And so it was that at about 01.00am I was back at New Writtle Street going into an unlocked outbuilding and sure enough in an unlocked metal cabinet was the missing loot in a brown envelope. Ten minutes later it had all been deposited in the night safe and I went home mightily relieved. Sponsorship: Going back into September 1994, we realised that we had started the season without a shirt sponsor and I asked Trevor and the Committee if there were any ideas. All the larger businesses that we tried drew a blank and Trevor half in gest suggested that I should speak to Countryside. So I picked up the phone and asked to speak to Alan Cherry, introducing myself as the Finance Director of Chelmsford City. To my complete surprise Alan took the call and was both courteous and friendly. Without my saying anything he knew what I had called about and invited me to his office to talk about a possible shirt sponsorship deal. He had been following the events at Chelmsford City and praised the efforts of the supporters for their achievements. I arranged to meet him and his two sons, both of whom were main board directors at his offices that week. The meeting went very well and I came away with a five figure cheque…sponsorship sorted! It was a dramatic year with plenty of highs and lows but most importantly under Trevor’s stewardship we had saved the Football Club and interestingly we made an accounting profit, largely due to getting the money for Dave Morrison from Peterborough. I was well chuffed. 42 | P a g e

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Things You Should Know by Dave Selby 1. 2.

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The Club’s first ever game was on Saturday 28th August 1938. A 3-3 home draw with Bristol Rovers Reserves. Three Limited Companies have used the trading name of Chelmsford City Football Club. Chelmsford City Football Club Limited (1938-1980), Chelmsford City Football Club (1980) Limited (1980-1994) and The Supporters Of Chelmsford City Football Club Limited (1994 to date). The Club have played in three competitions, the Southern League, the Isthmian League and the Football Conference. On Saturday 8th October 1938 City player Jackie Coulter gained a full international cap playing for Ireland in a 2-0 defeat against Scotland in Belfast. In 1938-1939 City beat Football League clubs Darlington and Southampton before losing at Birmingham in the 4th round of the F.A. Cup. The Club’s longest ever run in the F.A. Cup. Frank Thomas was Chairman of Chelmsford City Football Club from 1938 until 1955, by far the longest time any person has held this post. Amongst the list of past Chelmsford City Presidents is comedian Mike Reid, well known for his role in BBC’s Eastenders. City have had five championship winning seasons. 1945-1946, 1967-1968, 19711972, 1988-1989 and 2007-2008. City have only twice been relegated. In 1976-1977 and in 1987-1988. City have had four home grounds. They played 1,596 games at New Writtle Street, 14 games at Park Road, Maldon, 196 games at New Lodge, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay and, so far, 203 at Melbourne Park. Derek Tiffin holds the appearance record for league games, having appeared in 440 games for City. Tony Butcher has appeared in most competitive games, having notched up 560 appearances. Tony Butcher is City’s all-time leading goal scorer with 290 goals. City’s record home attendance is 16,807 for the Southern league games with Colchester United on 10th September 1949. The record crowd at Melbourne Park is 3,201 for the Isthmian league game with AFC Wimbledon on 15th March 2008.

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16. City have always played in Claret and White, except for two seasons in the 1990’s when they wore red and white as part of a sponsorship deal. 17. City goalkeeper Paul Nicholls finished as joint top league goal scorer in 2003-2004 with 5 goals. He scored 4 penalties and one direct from a free kick. 18. The all-time seasonal goal scoring record was established in 1949-1950 when Syd Plunkett netted 40 league goals. 19. In 2000-2001 Steve Portway scored 38 league goals for City despite being blind in one eye and only having partial vision in the other. 20. When City won 6-2 at Fords Sports in an F.A. Cup tie on 1st October 1938 George Baldry and Vic Wright became the first City players to score a hat trick. 21. Denny Foreman scored six times when City beat Leiston on 3 rd November 1945. This represents the most goals that a player has scored in a single game for City. 22. Of the City players to have played a minimum of 10 games Steve Portway is the most prolific with an average of 0.95 goals per league game. 23. The lowest ever home crowd for a City league game was 120 recorded against Dover on Friday 21st December 1979. 24. Although City’s colours are Claret and White they did switch to White and Claret following the installation of floodlights, believing that it made it easier to pick out players 25. In 1960-1961 City averaged 4,438 for their home league games. They have not exceeded this number since. 26. The most frequent score in a City league game is a 1-1 draw. 300 of City’s 2,846 league games have ended up with this score. 27. Danzelle St. Louis-Hamilton has the longest name of any player ever to play for City. 28. City have played 476 league games in April, the most in any month. 29. Of those Managers who have managed City for more than 25 games Jeff King has the best record. 30. City have a 56.25% win percentage in league games played on a Wednesday. The highest of any day. The lowest is Thursday with 21.28% 31. City have met Worcester City more than any other side in league games. The sides have met a total of 88 times. 32. City have played Clacton Town, Grays Athletic and Harlow Town the most times in the F.A. Cup. They have met these sides 7 times each, including replays. 33. City have played St. Albans City 4 times in the F.A|. Trophy, the most times they have met any side in that competition. 34. City’s record victory is the 10-1 league win over Bashley on Wednesday 26th April 2000. 35. The Club’s record away win was the 9-0 league win at Ruislip on Tuesday 6th December 1988. 45 | P a g e

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36. City’s record defeat came at Barking on Saturday 11th November 1978. City lost the F.A. Trophy tie 10-2. 37. City have never gone through a season without losing a home league game. 38. 1,157 players have appeared in a league game for City. 39. City’s Reserves have played in five competitions. The Eastern Counties League, the Metropolitan League, the Essex Senior League, the Essex and Herts Combination and the Capital League. 40. John Felton is the youngest player to play for City in a league game. He was 15 years 10 months and 26 days old when he came on as a substitute in the 0-0 draw at Waterlooville in April 1980. 41. City won 44 competitive games in 1968, the most they have won in any calendar year. 42. City lost 30 competitive games in 1977, the most they have lost in any calendar year. 43. In his two spells as City’s Manager Joe O’Sullivan managed the Club for 418 games, the most by any Manager. 44. In Jeff King’s first game as manager, in August 2006, 11 players were given their City league debut, equalling the Club record established in the first ever game in 1938. 45. When City travelled to Truro for league games over the last couple of years they travelled 334 miles to get there, the longest journey for a league game in the Club’s history. 46. City have met Dartford 101 times in competitive games, the most times that City have met any other side. 47. City’s first three defeats at Melbourne Park all came against sides from Essex. The clubs involved were Maldon Town, East Thurrock United and Braintree Town. 48. City have beaten four Football League clubs in the F.A. Cup, Darlington, Southampton, Oxford United and Colchester United. 49. City have played 189 different clubs in league games. 50. The oldest player to make his league debut for Chelmsford City is Harry Lane, who was 40 years 5 months and 3 days old when he made his first appearance on 24th August 1949 in a 2-1 win over Barry Town. 51. The oldest player to play for City in a league game is Peter Taylor, who was 42 years 3 months and 7 days old when he played his last game for City on 10 th April 1995. 52. City have now played 4,010 competitive games in their 75 year history. 53. The highest attendance to watch a City game was the 44,494 who watched the F.A. Cup tie at Birmingham in January 1939. 54. As well as losing 6-0 to Birmingham in the 1938-1939 F.A. Cup City also lost by the same score to the same opposition s a few months later in an end of season friendly. 55. The Hopkins family are the only three generation family to play for the Club. Ollie Hopkins played, his son Phil also played as did his son Liam. 46 | P a g e

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56. City’s first ever game on a Sunday came on 3rd February 1974 when they hosted Barnet in a Southern League Cup tie. City lost the game, played at New Writtle Street, 3-1 in front of a 3,181 crowd. 57. The record attendance at Melbourne Park is the 3,201 that watched the 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon on 15th March 2008. 58. Jimmy Jones made his debut for City in the first game of the 1955-1956 season. He then played in 167 consecutive games before missing a game on 4 th October 1958. 59. On February 8th 1994 City lost 7-6 at Farnborough Town. The 13 goals scored in that game is the highest in any league game involving City. 60. City beat Alvechurch at home on 21st April 1990 but did not win at home again in the league on a Saturday until 11th January 1992. That’s a gap of almost 21 months encompassing 21 games. 61. The last City player to score a hat trick away from home was Ricky Holmes who notched up three in the 4-1 win at Weymouth on Saturday 16th January 2010. 62. The first City substitute was John Thurgood who replaced Bobby Mason in a 2-1 Southern League win at Bedford Town on Saturday 10th September 1966. 63. The first City substitute to score was Roy Walsh who scored in a 2-2 home draw with Hillingdon Borough on February 24th 1968. 64. The Club record for goals in a game is seven. Len Galley netted seven times for the Reserves in their 14-0 London League win over Epsom Town on February 7th 1948. 65. Stevenage Borough are the only team to win at Melbourne Park in the F.A. Cup. City have since played eleven home F.A. Cup ties without losing. 66. The first player to play for Chelmsford City having been born in Chelmsford was centre forward Denny Foreman who made his debut in August 1945. 67. The F.A. Trophy is the only major competition where City have lost more games than they have won. 68. In 1970-1971 City conceded just 32 goals in league games, their best defensive record in a season of at least 42 league games. 69. City’s fastest ever goal came in a game against Worcester City in August 1970 when Tony Butcher netted after just 16 seconds. 70. City have kept 1,060 clean sheets, at a rate of one every 3.81 games. 71. City have failed to score in 791 games, at a rate of one every 5.11 games. 72. City have been involved in 48 F.A. Cup replays, of which they have won 26 games. 73. City’s last game on Christmas Day was played in 1957, a 2-2 draw with Tonbridge at New Writtle Street. 74. Just 43 people watched City draw 0-0 at Andover in April 1978. This is the lowest attendance ever recorded at a City league game. 75. Jamie Southon is the only player to have played for City at both New Writtle Street and Melbourne Park. 47 | P a g e

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Like Clockwork? As David Selby and Alan Brown turn back the time to reflect on their period with the Clarets, Adam May poses the questions to two invaluable members of Chelmsford City Football Club. First of all, how did your involvement with the club initially begin? DS: I’ve supported the Club since 1960 and when the supporters took over in 1994 I was asked to become the Reserve Team Secretary because I knew several of the people who took over the running of the Football Club in that year. They told me that it would only be a five minute job per week and I remember the first Reserve home game I went to. I thought I’d get there at half past two because I thought there may be some things to do. I was sauntering down New Writtle Street at half two and somebody came running out of the turnstiles asking where I had been and I said what do you mean? He replied: ‘But you’re in charge!’ That was a bit of a rude awakening! AB: I became a supporter when I was seven years old back in 1959 and when the Directors packed it in in the mid-1990s I came on board to help with the accountant work and I did all the bookkeeping for the Financial Director. I’ve been doing that since then and when David Selby said that he would pack-up being a Secretary I said that I wouldn’t mind doing that so I’ve been doing the Secretary job for four or five years. What’s it like working closely with the Football Club? DS: When I was the Football Club secretary it was almost a 24/7 job and quite highly pressurised as well. The way things quite often go in football is that the manager will ring you up on a Friday afternoon and says that he wants to sign a player to be available for the next day and, if you have a full-time job as I had then before I retired, it can be very difficult. I’ve been involved for around 19 years now and I’ve met some really nice people – not just at this club but at others as well. AB: Like anyone, if they get the opportunity to do it, it’s far more interesting than just being a supporter. You get to know things a lot earlier than most people but you have to hold your tongue as some of the stuff must not go out until the official release. Now David, you are also the Editor of the ‘Chelmsford City Historian’ quarterly magazine. Have you always had a love for stats? DS: Oh yes. Believe it or not, I used to collect the team line-ups when I was at school! I used to spend some time down the library looking at the old Essex Chronicles and compiling the lineups. I’ve been to the National Newspaper Library in Collingdale on several occasions and I 49 | P a g e

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remember when my dad was alive I took him once. He just had a heart bypass operation so I thought that it would have been a good day out and I could get twice as much stats done. We sat at a table and I had a big volume of 1960’s Chronicles and he opened up another one. He kept asking me if I remembered this game and that game; I soon had to say that if we carried on like this we’d never get any work done! I’m interested in history – not just football – but history in other sports as well. I think that I produced the first prototype of the Chelmsford City Historian in 1997 and the first one came out in either 2010 or 2011 so it took a long time. We’ve raised around £1,200 for the Football Club and it could be another £600 added on to that after the next edition. It’s also allowed me to talk to a lot of people that have been involved with the history of the Football Club that I wouldn’t have talked to previously. Alan, last season must have been a logistical nightmare for you due to various postponements. Was it one of the worst seasons that you’ve experienced from that point of view? AB: Yeah, it was. We were up against it in the end especially at Christmas as we had to catch up with our games. When you get in the various cup rounds you lose your Saturday League games and you have to rearrange them within 40-odd days from the original fixture. You’re then hitting the December and January period so it was very difficult to fit those games in because if you’re making progress in the FA Cup, FA Trophy and County Cup you have to fit them in and then the weather was a problem. The pitch kept flooding and became waterlogged and frozen which meant we lost games which was why we tried to play some matches on a Wednesday as we had to get them played. I was conscious of the fact that we didn’t want to play many midweek games within a week so I was trying to get it so we could play once a week. In the end we managed to get away with it by about a week. Can you remember the first game you went to as a supporter? DS: I do and it was in October in 1960. It was against Wisbech Town in an FA Cup 4 th Qualifying Round and we drew 3-3. Tony Butcher scored two goals and I remember the game vividly. AB: Not the first game, unfortunately. Who was the best player you’ve seen in a City shirt? DS: Tony Butcher will always be my hero. He was a Chelmsford boy, played the most competitive games for the club and scored the most goals. There’s been dozens of players that I have admired but Tony Butcher will always remain the favourite.

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AB: There’s been so many of them. Obviously Tony Butcher used to score the goals and you tend to remember the goal-scorers. Colin Grant and Frank Peterson stood out. I can remember watching the team training when I was a kid and I was standing behind the goal and Peter Gillott took this kick and it came straight for me. I turned and it hit me on the back and I went down like a sack of spuds and I was out of breath for a few minutes! I don’t remember much as a seven-year-old because I didn’t come on a regular basis. The one game I do remember is the King’s Lynn game and a bloke took a shot and another player got it and it trickled over the line and we won the FA Cup Tie! Finally, what are your impressions of Dean Holdsworth? DS: I think that the Football Club had stagnated and we needed a change anyway and I’m quite glad that we’ve had a good turnover of players because I think we need a fresh start. I think if we had kept the majority of the players people would have thought it was same old same old really. He’s a manager with a track record. AB: He’s certainly going to be a different sort of person in regards to discipline compared to Glenn. I think that Dean is very enthusiastic and will make changes that we wouldn’t have seen under Glenn. Glenn was a nice guy but I don’t think he could have taken us any further. It’s a results game and we need Dean to get a squad together that can compete.

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Summer in the City! Simon Stancevic reveals what it has been like for the last three months as a newly appointed Supporters’ Club Representative Saturday May 4th 2013 The scoreboard changes to 92, just two minutes to go to hang on, surely we will hang on I think to myself, although we have begun to feel the pressure and lag, we’re going to be given the chance of extra time in this crucial play-off semi-final second leg. Currently 1-1, it's been a great battle between us and Salisbury and after a long fierce season it is still not over as the game looks to be going into extra time, a situation City have not found themselves in, admittedly we are hanging on but let’s just get to full time and take stock and go again. I keep thinking maybe this is our year and after a season of highest highs and lowest lows, is it fate that we are going to do it and gain promotion? Football like life in general is about luck and decisions, fate some might say and unfortunately and the typical luck City always seem to endure, It is not to be our day and now at this point in the story there is no happy ending, or is there? So deep into Injury time and Salisbury pick up the ball, and go charging ahead of goal, no one is closing the player down I'm thinking, as a pass is made and the Salisbury player sees his opportunity. It's a nervous ending for all of the 1,554 spectators yet still both sets of supporters are cheering their teams on. ‘We are Chelmsford’s Claret Army!’ sing the Chelmsford faithful who have been singing this chant for over 20 minutes now. I’m so proud of our supporters as per usual we travel in numbers and although we are a very ‘unique’ bunch I wouldn’t change any of us for the world. We as supporters deserve so much more, and maybe this is the moment I thought, and then it all came crashing down! Stuart Sinclair for Salisbury still has the ball and once just inside the box he fires home a long range shot that goes flying past Stuart Searle to give the Whites a crucial 2-0 victory on the day and more importantly a 2-1 aggregate win thus qualifying for the promotion final, for City although in the cruellest way; failure again and also-rans. It is natural for us all to remember what we was doing or how we reacted at key moments in life, I can remember the goal and that unfortunate sight of it hitting the net, like a rocket it flew in and I can remember the huge cheers around the majority of the ground while all City supporters stood in stunned silence. It took me a few seconds to fully grasp the extent of the importance of the goal and then I can remember having to sit on the edge of the terrace, reality had just hit me. It had been a long, long season with many ups and downs, jubilation, celebrations, arguments, disputes and hostile divides – for us all, but especially for the people who are heavily involved in the club. I can always remember a piece in a City programme in the past from Gary Mixture about how this club drains every single emotion out of you, and be prepared for it to not always be a happy ending! Well Gary your right, this was one of those moments. I sat here absolutely gutted with tears running down my face. I try to hide it; I’m wearing sunglasses thinking I’m

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doing ok, but the facial expression and body language show it all! I was helped up by my good mate Simon Brewster and his girlfriend Donna – who is shocked to see me crying, while my good Supporters Club Committee comrade, ‘Degs’ puts an arm around me, ‘don’t worry Si, always next year’ he tells me. Although no one knew for sure, many of us at the ground that day thought we had witnessed the end of an era for City and thought that Glenn Pennyfather may have just managed his last game in charge of the Clarets. We were proved to be right, and at this point my association with my local team would completely turn on its head, it was going to be anything but a quiet summer! Tuesday May 7th 2013 Glenn was very likeable individual and a fantastic manager for City who deserves great respect for what he done for taking Chelmsford onto the next level; unfortunately for Glenn he couldn’t quite take us onto that additional further step which is where the club are desperate to be at and after four years in charge and three play-off failures the club decided to not re-new his contract thus relieving him of his duties three days after the Salisbury defeat. Some might say harsh and with football, we all have our own opinions so this is likely to be something we all won’t agree on but for what it’s worth I felt that Glenn’s tenure had regrettably run its course, the club was stagnating – not all to do with Glenn, and he had to endure his fair share of issues at City but a change of manager would definitely be a step in the right direction. Looking through the history of the club changing the manager is not something City have had to do as frequently as other non-league clubs, especially within the last decade so the process would be ‘unique’ for quite a few people associated with the club Sunday May 12th 2013 “Gone are the days when the directors are just the people who run and control Football Clubs, especially at our club, we need all of us working together to push this club forward. We are all supporters and it is the supporters who ultimately are the club! This is a new era for Chelmsford City, a change in manager but also a change in direction, off the field. Financial investment is difficult to ascertain in these current times, we need to be realistic - we need to compete and challenge on the field by improving our performance off the field. We need people working for the club from top to bottom who want to be here for the love of the club this is our greatest strength, the strength from within! The Board of Chelmsford City FC would be delighted if you would join us as Supporters’ Club representatives. The Supporters’ Club are a huge asset to the club, we need to be working together, sharing ideas, being honest with no holds barred and complete transparency.”- Mansell Wallace to Derek Murr and Simon Stancevic.

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Both myself and Degs was shocked but honoured that Mansell and the board felt this was the next step, it had been muted in the past but we was obviously happy that the Board saw the Supporters’ Club in such high esteem. We spoke to our chairman Paul Gorrie and the rest of the committee about the ‘invitation’ and how it would work. One thing that was made clear by Mansell was that there would be complete transparency; we would be invited to all Board meetings and be able to fully understand the full economics of the Football Club. Our first involvement would be to assist the board on recruiting a new manager, by giving them some views and recommendations from a ‘supporters’ point of view. The number of interested and top quality applicants that had applied over those few weeks was fascinating and although a criteria was drawn up to ensure the board made the right decision I must admit it was over these few weeks that I started to get my motivation back for City, you never lose the love but at times the enthusiasm dwindles, another reason why I knew changes on and off the field was an absolute must! May 13th – 21st 2013 The board ask the SC committee for any questions that they would like the board to ask the manager when they interview applicants for the vacant position. We feel this is good interaction and a good idea from the board. We as a committee draw up a list of questions that we think are suitable to ask, these include if the applicant is successful what vision does he have for the club, the use of the reserves/local youth development system, what methods they will use to interact with supporters and what their strategy is for training to name a few. The questions are asked by the interview panel and we are given the responses at a meeting when the panel update all the board. I am impressed how professionally things are being done, the board are acting on the clubs best interests and only a manager who meets the criteria and is within are realistic range is considered, the board then make a shortlist and continue with their interview process. May 22nd 2013 The SC representatives are invited along with other members of the board on this night where the club comes to a decision to appoint Dean Holdsworth as the new manager of Chelmsford City Football Club. It is a four hour consultation and I can remember that every single point of detail was scrutinised by the board, as mentioned both myself and Degs are impressed by the professional approach by the board, it is clear that all the people around the table are fans and are very passionate supporters of CCFC but are all ‘guardians’ for the club and have the best interest of the club at heart - also from a realistic business point of view. Dean stood out as a prime candidate; he impressed as he had a clear vision, a strategy in place, keen to engage the whole club and had a very good C.V and experience in football both as a player and now manager. Both parties agreed and a deal was finalised. Press Officer Chris Evans was then 55 | P a g e

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informed and within half an hour the whole world knew we had a new manager, Deano was in charge of the Clarets! Saturday 25th May 2013 Today was the official press conference unveiling Dean as City’s new boss. Members of the local press were invited to attend as well as a handful of club officials including the Board. We was fortunate to have Ken Carr on hand to film the press conference, while City photographer Matt Bradshaw was ready and waiting to take the first pics of a very tanned Deano holding up the famous City claret scarf! The Clubs communication team and committee members of the SC were also on hand and I felt the morning went really well. First impressions can be everything and Dean came across so professional. He looked the part, was very commendable and I felt he genuinely took an interest in what people was saying. It must have been daunting for him, but he seemed to take it in his stride and along with the other members of the board gave a very satisfying press conference which was then followed by 3-4 interviews with the Clubs PR and local media. We were all happy how the press conference went, and Paul Hopkins was right when he ended the press conference by saying the real work starts now. City had a new manager, new structure off the field and now all we needed was the small matter of a new team! Saturday 29th June 2013 So after a very productive AGM for club members and a couple of key board meetings in June, next came the date that every supporter takes an interest in (or is it just me?) the first day of pre-season. The day that means the new season is around the corner (a very long corner) and supporters can start to get excited that the club is starting to move towards a new season and another challenge. The day actually can be an anti-climax as normally it consists of the players just having a gentle session getting them back ready for an intense 6 weeks to get them ready for the new season. This pre-season is slightly different for City, not only is training back at Melbourne, after the failed Basildon experience but this will be the first time that the squad will be using the new 3/4G training pitches. The facilities are excellent and the players look impressed with the surroundings as well as the gaffer. The players are also using the removable training goals which were purchased by the SC, a fundraiser over the last few weeks which saw the SC raise over £1000 in around 10 days. CCFC Communication team members Ken Carr and Adam May are busy on hand filming bits for a special video while we have a few eager supporters, as well as members of the board come down to have a look.

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Tuesday 2nd July – Thursday 4th July, 2013 July’s monthly board meeting takes place as we continue to move towards the start of the new season. It is a busy week at the club as we also have the first official public appearance of Dean in front of the City supporters at the ‘Meet the Manager’ night. We was hoping for a good turnout, the new man has certainly created a buzz since his arrival and we are ecstatic with the turnout with over 140 fans coming down for the evenings proceedings. The evening starts with a volunteers meeting, where Mansell talks to the volunteers about the new season and interested in advice and feedback from how things went last year. Dean then takes to the floor and we have a very good 45 minuet Q&A with Dean aided superbly by Paul Gorrie and Mansell who has also joined Dean at the front. The night is a success I think, Supporters are pleased with what Dean has to say and with the fixtures having just been released, anticipating is growing – a very productive week. Thursday 18th July 2013 It has been a long summer and now all momentum is really starting to build, tonight the SC has its first Committee meeting of the new season. We have now had two pre-season games at home which have been fun and have both been well attended. We hope this is a sign of things to come and it is clear that there is more of a buzz around the ground with supporters looking forward to engage in this new era. Both friendlies are held on a Monday nights (off course!) and both on very hot nights. It is great to watch a bit of footie and catch up with other supporters – some who you don’t see over the summer. Everyone is working hard around the club on match day especially the band of Match day Volunteers who have set up the ground in the extreme heat. The first two friendlies come and go and things are moving along nicely. It has been over 2 months since the last committee meeting and we have a lot to talk about, new committee members are eager to join this year and we have a great committee full of very talented individuals that span different ages. We have a very productive meeting that lasts over 2 and half hours! We were even joined by Dean at one point who wanted to introduce himself to the whole committee and understand what we do. As the trend seems to be, it was an exhausting meeting – but very pleasing to get together and we came up with some great ideas that we wish to implement this season. One thing is clear; we all can’t wait to get going. Sunday 28th July 2003 It is 11.56pm, and I’m nearly done writing this piece. I’ve written a tad more than I thought I would so I hope it does not come across as a load of waffling! It has been a very busy summer and although for many who have an involvement with the club, the summer months are known as ‘the quiet months’ mainly due to the lack of interaction because of the close-season, well the last three months have been the busiest three months of my association with City and I think many of the long standing custodians at the Club think the same. All the people at the club, top 57 | P a g e

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to bottom are working extremely hard this season – more than any other in recent years in my view to ensure the club is on the greatest platform that it can be ready for the new season. As I look around the club everyone is pulling together, working hard but with a smile on people’s faces. People are generally excited about the season and seeing a new fitter stronger team under a very professional and admirable new manager. So going back to that Salisbury goal – perhaps although heartbreak at that moment, in reality it might have been the very start of what we hope is a golden period in the clubs history. The clubs 75 th Anniversary has come at a perfect time in my opinion, it has also helped create more excitement and remind us all of the great foundations we have at the club and that although we’ve had our fair share of tragedies through the clubs history everything goes back to the same thing about this club – its support, one thing Chelmsford City has never lost is its support and although we all have our views ‘many minds – one heart’ still means so much 75 years on, Happy Birthday City, he’s to next 75!

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City Legend and all-time leading goal scorer Tony Butcher speaks to Adam May about all things City, past and present. Which player inspired you during your years of growing up supporting the Clarets? When I was a boy I loved watching Cecil McCormack. He was my favourite. He was brilliant and probably one of the best players to have played for the club. What was your first taste of playing football? - First of all I played for the School Boys at Kings Road and Rainsford schools. I then played for Chelmsford Boys and went from there really. I got in the Reserve Team just before I did my National Service and whilst I was doing that I played three games for the senior side whilst I was in the army. I scored in all three and that helped me! When I came out of the Army I signed pro. The manager was Frank Grice, an Irishman, and he was a really nice guy. What was Frank like to work with? - He was a terrific Manager. He went after 18-months and I still don’t know why. He got the club round for a little while. He knew his football and he was a very nice chap. What can you remember from your debut with the Senior Team? - Well my first game was whilst I was in the Army and I was home on leave. It was on a Wednesday afternoon against Tonbridge. We lost 2-1 but I did score our goal and the second game I played was against Hereford and I believe that the next one was Guildford, but I definitely remember scoring in all three. Billy Frith was the manager during a period in the 60s. During that time there were a lot of changes behind-the-scenes at the club. Did that period of transition give the club a more professional feel? - think Billy Frith wanted to run it well and he insisted on players wearing blazers and he was a very strict man. He had a lot of good principles and was a professional sort of man. He had a particular upbringing but he was a very nice man. What was it like to play in front of the thousands of fans that turned out every week? - It was terrific and the City ground was fabulous. The surface was really nice to play on as well.

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What are your memories of the FA Cup First Round tie with Port Vale? - We didn’t start off particularly well. It was a very heavy ground and we were part-time whilst they were full-time. They started off very, very quick and we were 3-0 down. We pulled back to 3-2 and we scored an equaliser that was disallowed for some unknown reason. It was a really ridiculous decision but we outplayed them completely in the second half. They won the game 3-2 but it was a good game. The atmosphere was fantastic. I always found that the FA Cup, no matter what game or round I played in, it always made me feel nervous. You felt as though this was something different! You also reached the Southern League Cup Final where you lost to Yeovil. I seem to remember that you flew to the game! What was that like to experience? - It was terrific. We had a very wealthy Chairman who wanted to get Chelmsford City Football Club in the football league. But unfortunately in those days it was like trying to crack bricks and it was a complete closed shop. It was more or less impossible to get in. In fact, the only Club that I can remember doing it was Oxford United when Accrington Stanley went bust. No matter what you did you just could not be elected Football League Status. Flying to Yeovil was a bit of an experience! In the 1967/68 season you also won the Southern League Championship whilst also equalling Syd Plunkett’s club record of 45 competitive goals in a season. Is that something you’re still proud and fond of? - Yes, of course. Syd Plunkett was an icon at the club when I was a kid and I used to go and watch him myself. The fans loved Syd and they absolutely adored him. Also, if the goalkeeper got injured he’d play in goal! It was good really. You and Bill Cassidy proved a lethal force. Was he one of your best strike partners? - Oh yes, I think so. Bill and myself won the league with Chelmsford City then we both moved on to Cambridge United and won it there the next season. He was a very good player. Was playing for the club a dream come true to you? - I never thought I would play for the club. It happened so quick and from doing my National Service I thought I may have lost my way. It was terrific and I can’t believe how it went. The team beat Colchester last season. Does that go down as one of your favourite moments? - That was great. They did really well. It was a good win and City thoroughly deserved to win, too. They were much the better side and it was an excellent result. Here’s some questions for three Chelmsford City supporters. First of all, John Morris wants to know what were your inner feelings on your transfer from City to Cambridge? There was a little bit of a ruptured feeling within the club and I had a chance to join Cambridge, although I didn’t realise it. It felt right and it was about time I left. After we won the league there was a little bit of atmosphere about the place and I really don’t know why and I haven’t got a clue. 60 | P a g e

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He would also like to know what are your thoughts on start of the Holdsworth era? - I’m really looking forward to it. I wish him all the luck in the world and I hope he gets us promoted. As much as Glenn did good for the club it had to happen. We need to get promoted and we need someone to do that. I think we’d be better off a league higher and I really think Dean can do it for us. He’s the man for the job, absolutely. City fan John Powell wants to know how you would compare non-league pitches now to when you were playing?- I think when we were playing; teams like Yeovil, Wimbledon and lots of clubs had really nice stadiums and pitches, as they were built just after the war. John would also like to ask you what was it like when the fans sang your name at Wycombe in the FA Cup during 2010/11? - I was very proud. It was fantastic because that really is nice. Finally, Kevin Wright would like to know whether Bill Cassidy was as much fun to play with as he was to watch? - Yeah, he was a great lad. He was a competitor……

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This season sees a change within the structure of the Club Shop, with the products belonging to the club instead of other outlets. Facilities Director Steve Bennett, who overlooks all the facilities operations within the club house during the week and match days, and also that of the Club Shop, said: “This year I think it’s a case of getting it back up and running as a shop on behalf and for the club.”

To commemorate the club’s 75th Anniversary there will be some new City merchandise available, one being a limited edition badge. "There’s only 75 of them and they come in a little presentation box, each with its own number from 1 to 75,” said Steve. “There are a few cufflinks and tie pins too. “This season, the idea is to buy less and sell it. If you look at the polo shirts, wet jackets and the kit etc. they all have the 75th Anniversary badge on them so it is important we don’t overstock, after all it won’t be our 75th Anniversary next season. "There will be lots of other merchandise being introduced for supporters to purchase during the season. We already have umbrellas, mugs, pennants etc. We expect new flags and scarves to be in stock by the start of the season. There’ll be the replica kits and I’ll make the black training kit available for those who would like it."

Steve added: “It’s still very much a Supporters’ Club shop and we’re doing it in-house. The club’s getting all the profit from what we’re doing and it’s not going outside the club." The Club Shop has undertaken somewhat of a makeover over the course of close-season with the Supporters’ Club buying carpet tiles to go into the revamped shop. Along with this, the Club Shop will also be a place where supporters can speak to Supporters’ Club Committee Members about membership enquiries. Coach bookings for away games will also be able to be taken here. Steve has been really pleased with the new-look. “We’ve now got the boards up, it's carpeted and we’re looking for a counter, with Mark Flemming helping me run it,” said Steve. The upcoming campaign will see more involvement with the supporters as opposed to previous years when dialogue has been distant. Steve has in place some plans to make it a more social place whereby fans can visit and chat with cups of tea for those that arrive at the ground to help with the pre-match operations. Along with that, Steve would also like to open it as a sports shop 62 | P a g e

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instead of just being open purely on match days. “What I’d like do is to open it Mondays and Fridays as a sports shop and we could advertise it properly. Mick Hooker is in here Mondays and Fridays so he’s happy to do that. We’ll sell different kits and all sorts, and hopefully we can get a telephone line in here and a website set up which Degs will help me with.” The new home and away kit, made by sports manufacture Max will feature a new logo designed to celebrate the club’s 75th Anniversary, and Steve is said to be pleased with the design. “I think it’s really good. It was a joint decision from the board for the badge which was really nice. All the players are wearing it now. I think it looks good.” Supporters’ Club members will still receive a discount on replica kits, as Steve continues: “In this instance, an adult replica shirt will cost around £35 with a 10% deduction for Supporters’ Club members. All the profit will go to the club." We hope you like the new-look Club Shop and pay a visit upon your arrival at the ground. It’s located to the right as you come through the turnstiles and you will receive a warm welcome.

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2012/2013 – A Season of Missed Opportunities? by Chris Evans The Clarets bowed out of the Blue Square Bet South Play-Offs at the Semi-Final stage for the fourth season out of five after a cruel 92nd-minute winner for Salisbury City saw us emerge as 2-1 aggregate winners last Saturday, but the club can still reflect on a great deal of happy moments from 2012/13 with fondness. Although the ultimate aim of promotion to the top flight of non-league football was beyond Glenn Pennyfather’s men, extended FA Cup and FA Trophy runs gained national exposure for the club as we built further foundations for the future. In addition there was their first ever victory in a play-off leg and the development of the Apprentice Team. At the start of the campaign, in August, there could be no prediction of what lay in wait as they began with a 1-1 draw at Havant & Waterlooville, the hosts grabbing a late equaliser to deny City the three points. Perhaps that momentum swing contributed to a 3-2 home defeat against Welling United on the Monday, but they got back on track with success over Bromley and a creditable goalless draw at Boreham Wood. September got off to a brilliant start, winning 2-1 at home to Salisbury then bringing back another victory from Dover Athletic. Dorchester Town dampened spirits slightly when they prevailed by a single goal at the Avenue Stadium but City responded with a trio of wins. Weston-Super-Mare and Truro City were sent packing by the odd goal, as were Leatherhead in the first FA Cup game of the run. During October the Clarets generated some of their most memorable moments of the campaign. In the league there was a loss at Sutton United and a home draw with early promotion favourites Eastleigh. They were punctuated by wins over Staines Town and AFC Hornchurch. Cray Wanderers were brushed aside in the FA Cup, with another win registered against Great Wakering Rovers in the County Cup. But the match of the month was, without doubt, the 4-4 at East Thurrock United. The sides had already drawn 2-2 in the initial FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie, the Rocks forcing a replay in injury time. What followed was a spectacle to never forget, as both sides had seen in the Sunday afternoon draw that the prize for getting through would be the right to host npower Football League One side Colchester United. 64 | P a g e

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East Thurrock led after 40 seconds through Sam Higgins but they had to peg back two Rob Edmans strikes, Sam Collins levelling at 2-2 in the fourth minute of injury time. Higgins put the Rocks back in front, Slabber equalised for City and Max Cornhill netted an apparent 116thminute winner until Kris Newby's sensational goal in the 121st. The resulting penalty shootout ended 5-3 in favour of Pennyfather’s men. The Clarets had made it to the proper rounds for the third straight year, but the reward on this occasion was easily the best. The local and national build-up for the Colchester match was frenzied, and the squad were in no doubt as to the effect it would have on Chelmsford as a whole if they’d won. When Donovan Simmonds put the hosts in front they dared to dream. When he made it two, the scenes became more real. Michael Rose halved the arrears for the U’s with a 71st-minute free kick, but the Clarets' goalkeeper Stuart Searle went on to make some crucial late saves and Slabber added a third at the death which brought the house down. Never before had Melbourne witnessed such an event, and City were first on the TV highlights that night. It would be understandable if they’d taken their eyes off their other priorities for a moment during all the furore, but they met Dover Athletic again, and again, in the Trophy as they aimed to build another path towards silverware. The sides drew 1-1 at Melbourne and extra time was required again in the replay, the Clarets winning 4-2 then incredibly defeating Waltham Forest the next night in the County Cup. Was the intense schedule catching up with the squad? A notable 2-1 league win away at Basingstoke Town suggested otherwise, although a 3-0 loss at Hayes & Yeading United and a 1-1 Trophy draw at Ryman League Hampton & Richmond Borough caused concern. When the FA Cup returned to the forefront an early Simmonds dismissal didn’t help City’s cause as they were comprehensively beaten by Crawley. That was in early December, and the pre-Christmas league schedule was disrupted by wet weather, leaving the 3-2 defeat at Salisbury as the sole representation. However a road to Wembley was laid in the FA Trophy with an eventual win by the same score line over Hampton - but not until that game had been postponed three times! In the last 32, Chelmsford were handed a tough assignment at ex-Football League club Hereford United, which they passed with flying colours. An Edmans double and another from 65 | P a g e

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David Rainford built a 3-0 advantage before half time, which was preserved until the final whistle. Amongst many other things, City could look forward to January. So often past seasons had collapsed in the New Year for the Clarets, but four league wins from five games between Christmas and the end of January pointed towards a slightly different outcome. There were victories over high-flying Boreham Wood and neighbours Billericay, plus others against Truro and Dorchester. That month Chelmsford’s runs in the Essex Senior Cup and the FA Trophy were ended by Concord Rangers and Halifax respectively, but that allowed them to carry their league form into February. A 6-2 mauling of Hayes & Yeading United and a tremendous 4-0 success at Tonbridge Angels were the highlights, although the month finished with a 2-0 defeat at Bromley which kept the squad’s feet firmly on the ground. City were already out of the title race, barring a miracle, as Welling set the pace and Salisbury tried desperately to chase them. A 3-1 win at Staines got March underway, followed by a devastating pair of three-goal defeats, firstly at play-off outsiders Weston-Super-Mare then embarrassingly at home to Hornchurch, who would eventually be relegated. A super 6-0 home thrashing of Farnborough did raise spirits somewhat. But the Easter Weekend brought about another painful double for the Clarets, going down 3-0 at Welling on the Saturday and returning to Melbourne Stadium two days later to suffer the same score line against rivals Dover. Although both their opponents were challenging for honours, there was no hiding from the critics as Bath City then left Essex with a 1-0 win. It was clear things needed to improve to even secure a play-off place. Thankfully, Pennyfather rallied his squad for one final push which generated four wins from their last five fixtures. Eastbourne Borough and Tonbridge were both overcome by the odd goal in three and there were two-goal victories for the Clarets against Basingstoke and Maidenhead United. They even had the chance to finish third on the final day, but a 3-1 loss at Farnborough meant they were eventually placed in fifth. That meant a two-legged Play-Off Semi-Final against secondplaced Salisbury. Having never won a single play-off match in their history, there was cause for optimism when Anthony Cook’s late penalty saw Chelmsford take a 1-0 lead to Wiltshire ahead of the second leg. However, a goal at the end of each half saw success snatched away from them as they started to focus on another attempt to earn promotion to the Conference National.

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Together We Can Make A Difference by Derek Murr The Chelmsford City Supporters’ Clubs original mission statement was: “To support and promote Chelmsford City Football Club and to serve our members’ interests.” This may still be our motivation in 2013 but it is more about ‘Together We Can Make A Difference” We are still a Non-profit-making, membership-based organisation. It's still run by a committee, which are elected on an annual basis by the membership. We have a long history of supporting the main club, and so our goals are still the same. As expressed elsewhere in this magazine we will be at the forefront of change not only changing the ways we do things ourselves but having but an influence on the Football Club itself. These days it is sponsorship which provides a large part of the Football Club's income, but the Supporters’ Club still have a vital role to play in financing several recent projects which, many of which are vital for the day-to-day running of the Football Club. Over the last ten years these have included raising funds for the players' tunnel, the covered terracing, movable lights for training, movable goalposts, dishwashers for the bar, a lawnmower, pitch spiking equipment and an electronic scoreboard with the help of the bequest from the late Ian Hart. What's Our History? -The Supporters’ Club of Chelmsford City will forever be fondly remembered as the ones who pitched up at Birmingham City FC for that famous FA Cup Fourth Round game with a wheelbarrow full of footballs - hence the call "Wheel 'Em in!" Our origins, although well before this date, were quaintly encapsulated by this image, which we still hold dear nearly 75 years later. It's an image of a bunch of people who've fought to get what they want, and are proud to be wearing the claret. After all, we haven't had it easy over the years! We've been able to establish the Chelmsford FC (i.e. the old ‘amateur’ club) Supporters’ Club was formed around circa August 1929, so it pre-dates the formation of the professional Football Club i.e. Chelmsford City Football Club in 1938 but let’s not quibble about such things! Following the War, we took on the responsibility for completing the concreting of the terracing at New Writtle Street, and this required a substantial amount of funding. To achieve this, we organised various social events which were popular in those pre-television days. We soon went from strength to strength, with branches opening in Maldon, Braintree and Witham amongst other places, something which seems unbelievable these days for a Non-league team! As our funds built up during the 1950s we purchased club houses, which were used to accommodate players signed by the Football Club who didn't already live locally. Eventually, as the John Coward-led push for Football League status gained momentum, (see John Little’s book feature elsewhere in this magazine).

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These houses were 'gifted' to the Football Club to augment the stock of properties that they already owned. It was also in the late 1950s that our function changed. We acted as more of a 'Social Club' which would give supporters the chance to socialise together and, therefore, bind them to the Football Club. Surplus funds would be donated to the Football Club, whose main source of income was still gate money. We played a big part in City's revival in the late 1950s and early 60s by establishing a very successful weekly fundraising 'pool' which helped the Football Club's finances enormously and assisted to put the Clarets back on the map in Southern League terms. With the attendances that City was getting in the 1960s, our membership thrived. When gates slumped in the late 1970s, and through the 1980s, income from this source waned and our role changed again. We provided more of a matchday role, helping with personnel and running the half time draw competition - still a vital role in what was a difficult time for the club. This hasn't changed today. We will continue raise funds for the Football Club in numerous ways, for example: membership fees; club shop; annual race night, fun days, player of the year disco, raffles, sponsor-a-goal, ad-hoc sponsorship events and the ‘12th Man’ Players Fund. See our objectives and aims for this season. What's next? - Just more of the same! Go to our website for regular updates and to learn more about what are the current and future projects are. We currently have 350 members but we want to exceed this amount from Season 2013/2014. Be part of The City’s future! Join the Chelmsford City Supporters’ Club and make that difference count!

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Supporters’ Club Aims and Objectives for Season 2013/2014 

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To expand the range of Supporters’ Club (‘SC’) events including, once a month SC Nights on Thursdays (Q&A with players), quarterly SC ‘Premier’ events, expanding SC match day theme days and increasing other SC led events through the season. Increase the awareness of the ‘12th Man’ Membership Scheme in conjunction with Dean Holdsworth. Begin to explore the practicality of the ‘Beat the Debt’ fundraiser and to participate in additional fundraising for realistic requests by the Football Club (‘FC’) Board and/or Manager. Assisting and liaising with the FC with Match Day Operations, including volunteers, Club Shop and general ground set up requirements. Increase SC involvement through the FC at Board Level, Club Communications, Manager/Player interaction, City Supporters Football Team, charitable commitments and through other local community projects. Promote and continue to endorse the FC and support the football clubs plans in its’ 75th Anniversary year. To continue to undertake MOTM votes for home and away games, Player of the Month votes and Player of the Year votes. To continue SC ‘Clarets On Tour’ travel coaches. To continue raise funds for tangible items and help football club infrastructure.

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Chairman – Paul Gorrie Hon. Secretary & SC FC Board Representative – Simon Stancevic Co- Treasurers – Tony Pallant & Paul Gorrie Match Day Coordinators – Will O’Donnell & Bobby Brewster Football Club Shop, Membership and Travel – Mark Fleming Community Liaison – Kevin Ling Press Officer – Adam May Website, Online Membership & SC FC Board Representative – Derek Murr Hon. Fundraiser – Jon Read Membership and Sales – Edward Slater Promotions and Events – Judith Roberts & Tom Vickers Financial Advisor – Alistair Whipps

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Meet Your Committee Paul Gorrie - Our esteemed leader, Paul has the daunting task of chairing the SC Committee. Although he manages in a relaxed approach to many – Paul works extremely hard for the SC and does a great deal of work behind the scenes, which could go unnoticed to some. Paul ensures the SC is in good hands and is always looking at ways to improve the SC. A true gent and we are very lucky to have him as Chairman. Simon Stancevic - A difficult job on the Committee, but one that Big Si marshals fantastically well. He might have lost a lot of weight but sorry to disappoint - the SC does not have the funds for a sexy female secretary, so we make do with Simon! Simon works tirelessly behind the scenes for the SC and is a key person on the FC board, with SC representative responsibilities. Tony Pallant & Paul Gorrie - If Chair of the Committee is not enough, Paul assist Tony with the SC finances. Not an interesting job but one that needs to be done. Both are well known faces of the SC and work in complete transparency ensuring that they keep in control of proceedings and safe guard SC monies at all times. Will O’Donnell & Bobby Brewster - It is a mission to make Melbourne Park fit for purpose on match day and these two operate a band of volunteers to ensure that Melbourne Stadium can stage football matches. Working alongside John White, Bobby and Will both lead specific areas and are key men providing the link to the FC on match days. Both are massive supporters for many years and give up so much of their time to the FC. Mark Fleming - The pin up poster boy of the SC, and one of the faces of the SC for many a year. Mark has seen it all (and done it!) A fantastic loyal supporter of City and has done so much for both the FC and SC over the years. We’ve steered off competition from Harrods to ensure that Mark will be with us and in the FC club shop again this year as well as overseeing membership and the ‘Clarets On Tour’ away travel coach. We are truly lucky to have Flemmy on board! Kevin Ling - City fan Kevin does a fantastic job on the Committee and is very keen to expand his knowledge of local community groups to build up relationships with City and the SC. A quiet individual, who takes everything into consideration and is a valuable member of the team, Kevin is also a passionate long-time supporter. Adam May - Young, bright and intelligent – that doesn’t count for many on the Committee but there is no question young Adam has a bright future in the sports journalism industry. A keen young City fan who is years ahead in his profession and the SC is very lucky to have someone like Adam on board.

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Derek ‘Degs’ Murr - The SC is very lucky to have ‘Degs’ on board who has transformed the digital side of the SC to dizzy heights, not only does the SC now have a super website thanks to Degs but we now have a members area, a weekly e-Newsletter, e-mail distribution and many other features which has seen the professionalism of the SC step up considerably. Degs works tirelessly behind the scenes for the SC and also a SC representative at FC board meetings. Jon Read - Perhaps the most known face on the Committee, Jon’s enthusiasm to all things Chelmsford City show no signs of slowing down, and we wouldn’t want it any other way! Jon is truly an inspiration to us all, especially to some of the younger guys on the Committee and has been supporting the club for many years now as he continues to surpass his own very high reputation as chief fundraiser connoisseur. Edward Slater - The SC is keen to have more young supporters getting on board as we look to make the SC more attractive to its younger fans base to carry the mantel! Ed has shown great enthusiasm in the last year and is passionate about engaging with SC members on matchdays. Judith Roberts & Tom Vickers - We welcome two further additions to the Committee, welcome back Judith and welcome Tom. If Flemmy is our pin up boy – surely Judith is our pinup girl, she is our only female member of the SC Committee but we’re sure she’ll stand for no nonsense. Both will be overseeing and suggesting events and promotions to keep the SC involved in all areas of the FC. Both have dialogue with many areas of the FC and are both assets to the SC. Alistair Whipps - The SC is very lucky to have a man with Alistair’s experience in football finance joining the Committee and was heavily involved in our recent ‘Beat The Debt’ initiative. Alistair has been very eager to get involved in the SC and has been helping the SC – along with his son Nathan for the last few years now. Welcome on board Alistair! Our friends - Yes we do have some, we are not just a small group of obsessed individuals with the FC – OK we are but we’re not alone! Many thanks and a mention to these people who are ‘associates’ to the SC Committee who help and give us much support through the season; John White, Kieran Stock, John Morris, John Butcher, Ken Carr, Les Willsher, Paul Roberts, Matt Bradshaw, David Selby, Mansell Wallace, Bob Sykes, Tim Gallagher, Ken Welshman and to all the football clubs volunteers both on match days and people who volunteer in their own time. Thank you all!

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The Club also introduced a new ‘Family Ticket’ which will be available for all of City’s Conference South fixtures during the 2013/14 season and will be priced at £25.00, which includes two adults and two under 16’s. The Club feels that this is a step in the right direction in an attempt to make watching the Clarets affordable for all, and hopes that this encourages families to support their local club. New City Manager Dean Holdsworth also welcomed the news that City’s Reserve Team will participate in the Essex Senior League Reserve Division for the upcoming 2013/14 campaign. Holdsworth explained: “It gives us the chance to protect the club from losing players coming up through the system. The club’s future must be in the City of Chelmsford and it forms part of a long term project with the academy and college scheme.” Towards the end of June, Chelmsford City Supporters’ Club announced that they achieved their target of £1000 for removable training goals, which City Manager Dean Holdsworth requested. The money was raised through various outlets, one being a successful fundraiser match between Chelmsford City Supporters FC XI and Chelmsford City Fans XI, which was organised by Luke Owers. It was an enjoyable afternoon for all involved, with Bob Batchford netting the winner for the Chelmsford City Fans XI to make the final score 2-1 (he still keeps mentioning it!) At the beginning of July, the Club arranged a short-term pitch maintenance schedule. The club would like to extend a thank you to the Council and Richard Whiting and his team for their efforts. By undertaking this treatment it was hoped that the pitch quality and safety would be improved for City’s pre-season fixtures, particularly that of Leyton Orient. The Club has seen wholesale changes made, especially in the players department. Justin Miller, Robbie Edmans and Mark Haines all committed their future to the Club for a further season whilst David Rainford signed terms as a player/coach. New players include Tom Davis from Tonbridge Angels, Daniel Webb and Sam Long from Dover Athletic, Christian Smith from AFC Telford, Kieron St Aimie from Whitehawk/AFC Hornchurch, Nicky Nicolau from Lincoln City, Carl Pentney from Bishop’s Stortford and Jeff Gouding from Aldershot Town. Matthew Lock and Bertie Brayley have also signed for the Clarets, whilst Dean Holdsworth has added to his backroom staff by bringing in former Fulham custodian Jim Stannard as Goalkeeping Coach, who recently performed the same role with Southampton in the Premier League under Nigel Adkins.

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Chelmsford City Supporters’ Club Noticeboard The Supporters Club would like to announce that it will be looking to run ‘Club Nights’ on the third Thursday of every month. These events will be invited to SC members and will involve a Question and Answer session with a player/players. It is the SC plan to open up a monthly vote on the SC website for members to choose which player they would like to participate in the Q&A sessions. On these evenings members of the committee will update members on all SC matters and FC Chairman Mansell Wallace will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding club matters. It is also our intention to invite Dean to participate in a manager Q&A once every three months Keep up to date with all things to do with the Supporters Club through: • • • • • • •

www.chelmsfordcitysupporters.co. uk Contact us page on the website Sign up to the CCSC E-newsletter Follow us on Twitter; @OfficialCCSC Pop into the Club Shop on Matchdays Talk to any SC committee member on match-day Chat to one of the SC Supporters’ Club ison match-day delighted to Representatives

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Supporters Club player voting will continue in the same format for the new season. Man of the Match for HOME games will be operated as a vote on the SC website in the members’ area. Man of the Match for AWAY games will be taken on the City Away Supporters Coach. Player of the Month voting will take place on the SC Website within a specific time frame while Player of the Year will be ran with paper ballot voting slips on the penultimate home game of the season.

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