It has been a continued period of transition for our club, enlightening, enjoyable and extremely hard work. We have made new friends who all share a passion for grass roots football, visited new places and enjoyed the unique hospitality and atmosphere non-league football provides. As anticipated it has been a learning curve both on and off the field and we would hope to take our experience forward to next season and progress the club further.
As Chairman of Litherland REMYCA FC I feel I must express thanks and gratitude to the many people who have contributed to our season. First of all the people who have turned up to watch our games here at Litherland Sports Park – yes our attendances have been variable, but nevertheless we are starting to build a following and raise our profile locally. We appreciate your support and will work hard next season with a number of initiatives to provide a great match day experience. We pay a premium to use these great facilities, but we have played our part in making them what they are. You will notice even today that the new 50 space standing terrace next to the main stand is erected and this shows our continued commitment to the League and the local premises. As I have touched on before now though, we are looking towards mid and long term objectives. We want our own ground, a community based footballing facility and whilst we have identified a couple of sites that we have spoken to SeftonCouncil about, Myself, Dave and Gary will be out looking at other prospective sites for a facility in the area. We have a lot of boxes to tick but when we get the nod on some land I don’t think it will be too long before we see progress.
On the pitch, following a slow start we benefited from a change of Management and results and performance improved dramatically. We sniffed around the play offs but will finish in a respectable mid table position. There are a number of permutations still about as many clubs have games in hand, however the quality and standard of football that we have seen has given good cause for optimism so we are looking forward to a clean slate and going again!
From a Management Committee perspective our position has achieved our pre-season target and provides a platform to build for next season. Speaking to Phil Stafford, Stuart Kier and Andy Olsen they are hoping to get a solid pre-season under their belts with a good calibre of opposition so their own objectives are clear, they are looking to hit the ground running.
Special thanks to all the players who have contributed to a great team effort this season. Our Management team of Phil, Stuart and Andy deserve praise for the way they have conducted business and managed the team since their arrival. They are young and ambitious with a drive to succeed. It is my view that they are a great fit for this club and will take us forward to achieve success next season. Last but not least I must pay mention to my Management Committee who have shared the vision and be with me all the way.
It is a collective effort, but special mention should be made to Secretary Dave Evans and Media/Press Officer Gary Langley. The amount of work they contribute defies belief. In a short space of time North West Counties League officials have recognised the talent and commitment of them both. They are REMYCA’s own and appreciated by all at the club.
Looking forward we expect exciting times ahead we are growing as a club and we will look to restructure our Youth section over the Summer as part of a football strategy to bring young talented players through to first team standard.
The great Colin Begbie Head of Youth Development is working hard for the club to achieve Community Charter Standard status which will be a fantastic achievement. We have FA Charter Standard status already but Community Charter standard is a different level on top of that and would represent a massive achievement and point of pride for us as we look to develop our teams at all levels under the Remyca Banner. At present we are looking at up to 18 teams of various ages and sexes competing under the Remyca banner across 2 counties.
The first team will not just face league challenges, we are entered for the FA Cup Vase and will also compete in the Liverpool Senior Cup next season.
At the time of writing our reserves still have a chance of being promoted to the Liverpool County Premier League. Our U18 team are in the semi-final of the West Cheshire Youth Cup and would you believe it our over 40’s veterans are 2 games away from becoming champions of their division for the first time- WOW!!! I have also just been informed that our Under 14’s side have defeated Rainford to take their third different league in three seasons which is an amazing feat and congratulations go to Kevin Park all involved with them. Such is the nature of the local leagues those guys will be going into another division again next season but they are buoyant and are going to go into that looking to win it.
We will push for promotion next season to the NWCFL Premier Division. We will continue our quest to find our own ground and club base and continue to develop as a Community club.
They say football can be all consuming but we are on a roll and we will continue to strive to be the best on and off the pitch. Enjoy a relaxing summer and see you all next season.