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Chairman's statement.

29th Nov 2007

Following the recent upheavals at the club, Chairman Richard Daly has issued a statement. As far as possible, it will be 'business as usual'.

The last 3 weeks have been testing for the club with the very sudden departure of First Team Manager Paul Attfield who left to take up the same post at close neighbours Royston Town FC; within days it became apparent that the whole Buntingford Town FC first team squad would immediately follow Paul to Royston.

It is interesting that Royston Town, who play at a higher level within the FA national league system than Buntingford, should have a need to utilise players who have developed and improved at our club over the last few years.

Some have said that this demonstrates the strength of Buntingford in recent years; I would leave it to others to speculate about what it says about Royston Town FC and the standards that the club adopts within the football club community.

I would only state that Royston Town were recently a club which were considered a benchmark for Buntingford Town FC to aim for in terms of competitiveness and standards on and off the pitch, and that at Buntingford I would hope that we would never allow a mid-season managerial decision to affect another community football club in such an adverse way; however, I respect that different clubs operate in different ways.

Looking forward we are delighted to announce that Luke Capon, who has been the driving force behind the club’s enviable coaching standards and was formerly our Reserve Team Manager, has stepped up to take on the position of First Team Manager.

For BTFC this was just a matter of time for Luke - he is a young, ambitious manager and a first class coach; indeed in his first match after accepting the job just 24 hours earlier, and with the previous week’s first team squad sitting on the sidelines at Royston, Luke engineered a famous victory at local rivals Standon & Puckeridge – what a debut!

Again, looking forward, recent events have put pressure on BTFC’s ability to field two sides; we are now evaluating squad numbers for our First and Reserve sides.

The Herts Senior County League have been tremendous in showing some empathy for our situation and have postponed two reserve team matches to enable us to take stock and give them a decision about the future of two teams for the remainder of this season.

As for the youth sides, our intention is to continue to run the youth sides for the remainder of this season; this is down to the fact that the players within the youth teams deserve to maintain their strong campaigns where they have real opportunity to win competitions, and we felt it would be unfair to deprive them of that opportunity due to events beyond their influence.

I would like to thank everyone for their support to BTFC at this difficult time particularly the Herts FA, our current committee members and the Herts Senior County League, plus of course all of the players who have contributed so far – wherever you choose to play the beautiful game I wish you luck.

On a final note I think it interesting to remind you of the Herts Senior County League motto which is “SUCCESS WITH DIGNITY”.

Richard Daly, Chairman, Buntingford Town FC.

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