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Goole football club to apply for development grants which in turn would allow the football club to grow. “Unfortunately, while we were having what we thought was off field success, other disasters were happening in the club. The chairman/Vice Chairman stood down after several years, a new Chairman took over, but had to stand down after a few weeks because of pressure of work. “I had agreed to assist the new chairman, but when he had to stand down, I was left as the ‘only person standing’, and assumed the chairmanship through default. My fellow supporter from the terrace Jack Ewing agreed to join me as Vice Chairman. Neither of us had any previous experience of running a football club, and doing things like setting playing budgets. However, we were prepared to give it a go. But the problems unfortunately, kept mounting. “Our manager, who at the public meeting we called when we took over, assured us he had eight or nine players signed on for the forthcoming season, and that pre-season training was in hand. As it turned out, when he resigned the following week, with just a few weeks to go before the start of the new season, there were no players signed on. “Fortunately, two existing players (Derry Robson, Steve Jeffs) agreed to take over the team management. Without their timely intervention, I doubt that there would be a club today. The club had no money, but also no debts, so setting the playing budget was a challenge. At the same time, because we had taken over the management of the ground we were facing costs like ground/pitch maintenance, CCTV, H & S, Electric, Gas, Water, etc. “Well, some ten months on, we are still around. We have opened up the VPG to more teams/more age groups, than in recent years. We have an amateur rugby league side operating from the ground, and we are looking to start girls/ladies football next month. We will have an U23s team for the first time in our history, and talks are in progress to ‘associate’ local youth teams under the club banner. “The team management has evolved over the last ten months, in that we are now into our third change of managers. Having been relegated to the North Eastern Counties Premier league at the end of the 2017/18 season, we find ourselves 3rd from bottom at the end of the season with a win in our final game against Hall Road Rangers keeping us up. That is counted as a great success given where we were at the start of the season. Providing high quality legal services to the regions private and commercial communities Services for you Wills and Probate Residential Property Family Crime Litigation Emloyment Scunthorpe Branch Tel: 01724 281616 2 Park Square, Laneham Street, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 6JH Services for business Commercial Property Employment Agriculture Renewables Company Commercial Commercial debt Recovery Goole Branch Tel: 01405 763853 157 Boothferry Road, Goole, East Yorkshire, DN14 6AL Howden Branch Tel: 01430 430230 21 Market Place, Howden, East Yorkshire, DN14 7BL “Planning for next season, is already in hand. With no restrictions on ground use, planning of preseason friendlies is already under way. With a year’s experience under our belt, and a settled team management, we will better prepared. “Our aim of being in the Evo Stick Premier league for season 2023/24 still remains our long-term goal. At the same time we want to gain the extended lease on the VPG, that allows us to go out and obtain sufficient funding, to develop the VPG into a modern day community stadium.” 33