We are going through extraordinary times and the Horsham FC Board’s thoughts go out to the well-being of all our volunteers, players, supporters and sponsors.
The announcement by the Football Association yesterday brings our season to an abrupt end. Inevitably this is a disappointment to us all at a time where we are discovering what a world without sport is like. It means that one significant genre of entertainment is no longer available to us, at least for a while, and this diminishes the scope of activities that help us pass the time, particular for those of us who are restricted to living inside our homes.
There will be some who feel that the decision to abandon the season at this time is premature, even completely wrong. However, as a board we believe that the FA and the Leagues had no realistic option but to take the action they announced yesterday. Although officially the playing records have been annulled, we all have memories of a fantastic season.
The opening of our new home at the Camping World Community Stadium took pride of place after so many years in the wilderness. The facilities are fantastic and set the standard for clubs at our level, with many of our opponents looking on with envy and congratulating the club on our achievement. It was so heartening that the local community has embraced the return of Horsham Football Club to the town and given us such huge support.
And on the field, manager Dom Di Paola and his coaches have produced a team that have adopted an entertaining style of play and achieved results way beyond all our expectations. To have spent time on top of the Premier Division of the Isthmian League was so exciting and we were still on the cusp of the play-offs in our highest ever position in the club’s 139-year history when the season came to its abrupt end.
Dom and the board are already turning our attention to next season, whenever that may start. We cannot be complacent but financially the club is sound and we believe we will be in great position to have another really competitive campaign. For this to happen we need your continuing help and support on matchdays and at the other exciting events that are being planned.
I must pay tribute to all those who so generously give of their time and advice as volunteers. Without them the club could not function. You will all have seen the friendly army of stewards at games but there are many others who work tirelessly behind the scenes: the directors, the committee, people doing odd jobs around the stadium to keep it in tip-top condition, the ladies in the “horsebox” and those who coach and actively support our youth teams amongst others. Thank you one and all.
Many of those responsible for running the club have been involved with the Hornets for many years, in my case for example since 1974. At the AGM, three new directors were appointed in Sean Bravery, Sam Borrett and Michael Cloake and they will feature on the website in the near future. But we still need more fresh blood to join us, expand the expertise we have between us and take the club forward to reach our full potential.
Working as a volunteer within the club is really satisfying, regardless of the role. If you feel you might like to come on board please do contact one of us for an informal chat.
Work will continue throughout the coming weeks and months to ensure that we can hit the ground running as soon as restrictions are lifted. Keep your health, sense of humour and sanity and lets take Horsham Football Club onwards and upwards together.
Jeff Barrett on behalf of the Horsham FC Board of Directors
Director & Club Secretary,