JACKIE APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT BY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND VOWS TO GET STARTED QUICKLY WITH NEW FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN!
Carlton Town Chairman Mick Garton and Barry North (Both pictured) met at Stoke Lane yesterday to discuss the club’s future following the fantastic start to the season which puts Carlton in with a real chance of making the playoffs this season and although neither of them are assuming anything, both admitted they had not expected to be in the position they are in, despite the new managers coming in.
“I was confident Tommy and Mark would lift us up the table having worked extensively with Tommy in the past and a top 10 finish and a run in one of the cups was the remit set out, but never did we realistically expect to be where we are, I should have known better!” Chairman Mick Garton told us.
“It’s no secret I don’t get to every game given my other commitments, but after attending 4 of the last 5, I realise this is the best team we have had since Les Mcjannet took us to second in the league which I believe from memory was in 2011/2012”
“I have probably put a dampener on it now by saying that, but the reality is we have seen that as the season has progressed and that is why we offered contracts to key players on the recommendation of Tommy and Mark before Christmas”
“The other side of the coin however is that we need to have a plan in place if we do achieve promotion, so need to be proactive rather than reactive” continued the Chairman.
During extensive talks on Sunday afternoon and follow up talks with Executive Commitee members Roger Smith and Mark Steggles on Monday, the club can tonight confirm Jackie North has been offered a role as Vice President of the club and we are delighted to comfirm she has excepted the role.
Jackie will head up a new fund raising campaign, centred totally on facilitating improvements to the pitch, the car park and general infrastructure at the ground and in particular dealing with all issues which come into play, should the club achieve a promotion.
Jackie is well aware a decent amount will need raising and will start the role by donating £1,000 herself to kick off the fund which will be officially launched at the next Dragon event in the coming weeks on a date to be announced in due course.
“Barry and Jackie made it very clear to me at the meeting that this fund needs to be separate from our existing budgets and can not go towards the playing budget or anything else that we have to find money for such as Stadium rental and utilities” the Chairman continued.
“They want to look at events that will appeal to a vast range of people across the club including supporters, sponsors, committee, management and players and we have agreed we will call a meeting in February ahead of the official launch to address everyone and also get feedback”
Jackie will also start running a number card at home games with immediate affect to help bring in extra money for the fund and efforts will be stepped up to bring in funding which are dependent on several things falling into place which Dave Hodgson and Mick Garton continue to work on behind the scenes which are proving challenging.
“The fact we are setting up this extra fund raising will certainly help the argument myself and Dave are putting forward to the people in power that should be able to help us, we are probably the only club at this level that has not had a single penny from any football grant or fund, which is staggering really, but it is what it is and we will start knocking on the door a bit harder, given what is happening on the pitch”
“I personally would like to welcome Jackie on board and I know all the Senior people at the club will be delighted with this announcement, Jackie is someone who I believe will get things done and we are really looking forward to making this fund a success and working with a fantastic person” concluded the Millers Chairman.