Whole Club Day

It just wouldn't be Grass Roots Football if it didn't rain and the rain being turned into driving rain by our customary gentle east coast sea breeze and of course the customary grass turned to mud so parents and juniors alike could get everything wet and cloggy. Did it deter the youngsters and seniors, not a bit of it.

Almost 100 Juniors took part in the lunchtime training sessions provided by members of the first team squad before gathering in front of the clubhouse en mass for a 'group' photo session.

It was good to see the clubhouse buzzing and packed after the training session and prior to the Premier Division match when Newmarket Town were the visitors and hopefully many of those present will have enjoyed the atmosphere enough to consider it good enough to give it another go.

The club decided to reduce entry for the day to just £1.00 for all adults with under 16's free and a crowd of 240 went through the gate to watch the game (a full report and picture gallery can be found elsewhere on this website). While entry was reduced there was also a bucket at the gate with the monies collected in it (£100) going towards the clubs development fund for the proposed new clubhouse.

An interesting aside came to mind when writing this article, while entry was reduced I wondered how many people thought of the costs involved in putting on a game at The Goldstar ground, for instance the match officials alone cost just short of £170.00 which is about the average for a first team home game.

At half time Chairman Andy Wilding made a presentation of a cheque for £500 to Steve Porter, Vice Chairman of the Felixstowe Carnival Committee, as a donation from the club from the proceeds of the Felixstowe Firework Spectacular, the cheque marked a significant percentage of the net profit and again demonstrated what being a Charter Standard Community Club means.

Not surprisingly the clubhouse was packed after the game for the final lottery draw, although a high in itself, perhaps the low point of the afternoon for the club, it being the final draw after 26 weeks when sadly it was not supported fully and therefore never quite reached the level needed to sustain it. The jackpot of £3,000 wasn't claimed and with it being the final draw the money was split equally between the six tickets that had three of the numbers, each receiving £500, not a bad pick up for watching the Seasiders on a Saturday afternoon!

The club day continued into the evening with the 'Whole' theme as a mixture of seniors, juniors plus Mums and Dads enjoyed a bit of racing in the clubhouse, always good fun and a chance to win some cash and over £560 raised towards the development fund, the evening was rounded off with Matt White, from Matt White and the Emulsions - who is also a junior parent, giving a superb acoustic 'unplugged' music set that had everyone on their feet, Matt gave his time for free and the club are extremely grateful to him on what ended up being a brilliant day for the club or rather, to give it the full title, 'Whole Club Community Day'

I must mention here two people who go about their business week on week, un-noticed by many in their job as joint 'club stewards' Kate Ayriss and Chris Daynes work tirelessly to make things happen around the club as well as doing the mundane stuff and while all those involved did their various bits during the day, Kate & Chris were there throughout the day, cooking, cleaning, serving, organising and completing jobs that go un-noticed by us the punters.

The whole day was a resounding success, if a little chaotic at times and not helped by the weather, but all those there seemed to go home with a feeling of enjoyment running through them.

As for Chris and Kate, having finally getting home at 1.30am Sunday morning, they were back on duty sharp at 9am with The Eastern Junior Alliance under 14 side in morning action where they kept up their unbeaten record with a narrow 1-0 win over Stanway Rovers and no sooner had they cleared up from that match it was time for the afternoon game as Ipswich Town Ladies took on MK Dons Ladies at their 'New' official home ground in the Women's FA Cup. Sadly that game ended in a 3-2 defeat for the ladies having twice come from behind to level the score and their participation in the competition ended for another year.

Another long day for Kate & Chris to round off what was overall a great weekend for the club which hopefully gave a little insight to those rare, or new visitors, of what the club is all about.


More pictures are available in the Gallery