fbpx
Connect with us

Non League

Fans rejoice at Southern League club being saved after future was thrown into huge doubt

Fans rejoice at Southern League Premier Division Central club Hednesford Town being saved after their future was thrown into huge doubt.

It was confirmed a month ago that Graham Jones and Hayden Dando, the club’s chairman and vice chairman, are to step down at the end of the 2022/23 season.

The club currently sit 21st (relegation zone), with 21 points from 35 games played. They are 13 points from safety.

Following news of their expected departure, fans had been hoping they would have a club to support in the near future. Well thankfully, they still will do are being saved…

CLUB STATEMENT:

It can be confirmed today, that a deal has been agreed between all parties involved that Hednesford Town FC will see the full ownership Transferred to our new future owner Gary Hartland.

Gary, comes from a footballing & business background, previously sitting on the board at Tamworth FC in the early 2000’s. He has a great knowledge and contact base within the game & twinned with the synergies in his business portfolio, which includes care homes & private schools will be a huge catalyst for the clubs future. The deal reached will see the ownership of the club, grounds and stadium all transferred across to Gary, as he wishes to embrace and grow the community element of the clubs engagement, whilst bringing stability within the playing side of the club.

Gary who is absolutely delighted to be incoming owner of the club stated

“I very much look forward to developing the club and building on the hard work carried out by Graham and Steve over a number of years. I see it imperative that the operating side of the club and the stadium are under the same control to enable investment to take place in the facilities. Only with improved facilities will we be able to build a sustainable football club which will reach out to the community and ensure the playing side is viable financially along with the operation of the club but at the same time provides true entertainment and value for money. I am very much into this project long term as I am with all my businesses and I would like to feel that given time, we can develop the playing side and facilities in parallel.”

On the agreement been reached Graham Jones & Hayden Dando stated:

“It’s wonderful that the club has found its new successor. The history of the club and growth ability is unparalleled to many of the clubs around given the clubs infrastructure. Its fan base has been amazing, and our main involvement coming into the club, was to ensure the future of the club. During our time here, it’s been a roller coaster with so many unforeseen variables challenging our tenure including a global pandemic and cost of living crisis. We have received huge amounts of interest in the club post our intended departure announcement and have been working none-stop in the background to ensure the right successor was selected. We would like to thank everyone who came forward with proposals for a take-over, as any club would be lucky to have any of the candidates that came forward. Each and everyone’s time discussing these proposals are greatly appreciated, and shows how far the club has stepped forward even during such problematic times in the world that we have all experienced over the last few years. The Pitmen will always remain close to our hearts and we wish everyone at the club and the fans an amazing future. Thank you everyone for your support during our time here and thank you too to our families who supported our involvement and time at the club. You have all been understanding and supportive beyond belief. Here’s to a new beginning, a re-energised future, a new look Pitmen, and most of all here’s to future successes of the mighty Pitmen.”

Steve Price also stated:

“I’d just like to say that in Gary Hartland I believe we have the perfect fit for the long term future of the Club, his plans are ambitious, progressive and realistic. Thanks to Graham and Hayden for their efforts over the past 3 years, the Club is being handed over in good order to enable Gary and his team to move forward. Thanks to all the people, both staff and volunteers for their help over the years, it was greatly appreciated. A special thanks to Terry McMahon, he was there through good and not so good, and always put the Club first. Finally, thanks to the supporters, the backbone of the Club. All the very best for the future for everyone.”

The deal will see Gary officially take over running the club from the 1st May 2023. In the meantime, all parties will be working close together to ensure a smooth transition for all elements, with the league and team itself whilst the legal processes are completed.

So lets join together in welcoming Gary Hartland to Hednesford Town FC, and thanking our previous Chairmen for their hard work & support behind the scenes and for ensuring the futures bright for the club.

UTP.


As mentioned, fans rejoice at the Southern League club being saved after their future was thrown into huge doubt…

@VikkiJayne80: Great news for the club. Welcome Gary.

@JohnnyM1991: Such great news, can we buy a season ticket yet? 😂🖤🤍

@StuK323: 😭😭😭 it’s a beautiful day. UTP!!!!

@808Slates: Such tremendous news

@maddoxruns: Great news this. Welcome Gary

@808Slates: Such amazing news for my closest non league club steeped on rich history and future now secured

@uglygame: Hednesford Town saved. Great news. Hope the new owner can bring some much needed stability.

@Konstanho: YUUUUURRRRRRSSSSS!

@StuK323: Great news for my local team as new owner has been found. For context, there was a lot of doubt whether there would be a club next season.

@reece_shore: Class UTP!! ⚪️⚫️

@Tunni90: Fantastic news! The fact the ground and club are all back together as one is massive! Provides stability and the future of the club remaining at Keys Park! 😃🙌

@mcmahon64: Fantastic news for our football club, welcome Gary Hartland👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

@scott_smith9: Really good news for Hednesford Town FC. For those that don’t know, it was looking like 143 years of history could be in serious jeopardy come May. The last three years of ownership have been pretty shambolic. This represents a clean start and new era. Welcome Gary 🙌🏻

STATEMENT FROM DEPARTING CHAIRMEN

“We have to announce that we have come to the end of your journey at Hednesford Town Football Club. Since we arrived in May 2020 we came in to ensure the clubs continuation, and we have seen the club through some of the worst financial implicating times in modern history, including Coronavirus which not only forced closures upon us, but also affected so many of our lives on a personal basis with the loss of loved ones. We have also seen a cost of living crisis and a War between Ukraine and Russia, which again has had personal implications upon us all (including ourselves directly). We are proud that since arriving we have implemented so many changes for good around the club, which has included a full restructure of our youth development system for the good of the club and the teams within it, a newly formed Veterans setup who went on to win their league at the first time of asking, a restructure of our Ladies setup, and again saw our Ladies Team promoted last season in their first year at open age. Away from this, we have been able to facilitate the ground improvements all around the Stadium, from new Floodlights, a new PA system, a new Club Shop, nets installed behind the goals at the rear of the stadium, new signage all around the ground to name but a few things.

Therefore, we can confirm that the Club (consisting of the playing side & related elements) will be gifted debt free, to anybody/organisation/consortium, which proves that they have the ability and resource to run a team/club at the level which we are. For any enquiries for this please email sales@hednesfordtownfc.com with your details and your initial expression of interest, to why you feel you would be the correct person, people or organisation to continue the clubs running. We also highlight the time importance to any enquiries to ensure a smooth continuation, so don’t delay in getting in touch for any serious enquiry.

With regards the Stadium, we have therefore decided not to complete the purchase which has been ongoing (due to coronavirus influencing factors). Therefore, the Stadium is available to rent or to purchase & any serious enquiries should be sent to hednesfordtownfc1880@gmail.com for consideration and progression. There is also a potential option of a groundshare at another club for anyone who wishes to take over the football club only. Obviously, the ideal successor will take over both elements at the same time.

In regards the first team, we have seen in our only full season (due to corona) our best finish in some years, and despite this season not panning out as planned to date, we will continue to support and fund the team as needed to fight to the end. We sat and spoke with the Management team in detail this week to explain our decision and they were very understanding and supportive of us, and have agreed they will continue their roles, and they will push to the very end for their fight for points, and to deliver as many games as possible, performances from the team who show their fight and commitment to the team, to make us proud. As they say it isn’t over until it’s over.

It has not been an easy decision to come to, however, following our recent fans forum we reminded all, that we made a promise from the outset that once we were not wanted as such at the helm, we would step aside for the next person to take up the mantle. We have heard those voices via public and private messages received in large numbers following this forum, so have reached the point that the time is right, as the club is in a better position than ever for someone new to come in and take over.

In closing we would like to thank so many people for your support over our tenure. The Staff, Volunteers, Managers, Players, Youth Teams Coaches/Players/Parents, Veterans, Ladies Teams, Coaching Staff, Medical Staff, Catering Staff, Head of Ladies and Boys Youth Set Ups, all our superb Sponsors over the last 3 years & YOU ALL the True Fans for your support.

We would also like to thank our other staff and companies which often went unnoticed, which supported the club so much as without you all, our tenure wouldn’t have been possible.

Finally, we would like to thank our families & close friends, who have respected the countless hours spent away from them to ensure the smooth running of the club and have understood the emotional pressures we have endured that goes with running a football club.

THANK YOU ALL

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Non League