Chairman’s Message (posted Tue 8th Jun 2021)
Hope everyone is well and enjoying some new-found freedoms and sunshine. There has been loads going on and I thought it would be good to give everyone a bit of an update.
I must start by saying how sad I was to hear about the passing of Brian Rutherford, he was a gentleman with a great sense of humour. Well miss him, but our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Events like this go to reinforce that we must treasure our time and all those around us whilst we can.
Saturday 22nd May saw the grand opening of Eldos Sports Bar, and what a day that was! It was fantastic to see so many faces old and new down the club and enjoying themselves. It was great to see Mick enjoying himself so much, and I think it was a fitting tribute to all Micks done for the club to have the bar named after him. The day emphasised to me what this club is all about its about people coming together and enjoying the sport they love and the camaraderie that goes with it.
The following Saturday saw Eldos open for the Champions League Final. I was surprised at how emotional and joyous I found Chelsea winning probably out of all proportion in the scheme of things. Thats the power of football I guess and it was a great night which Ill not forget.
Progress continues to be made with upgrading the clubs infrastructure. As well at completing the creation of Eldos, weve had a new internal sound and external Public Address system installed which is sounding great. Weve also commissioned a programme of works to bring the top pitch up to standard, investing heavily in the upgrade of the surface and some very smart new goals. Next will be an upgrade to the Boardroom, which will be renamed The Ralph Griffiths Media Suite in honour of Ralph and his importance to the club.
Really exciting times on the pitch also, even though we head into close season. Ive witnessed Ryans first four training sessions with the First Team, together with the friendly against Bovingdon, and I must say how impressed I was really looking forward to the new season. The Reserves will be managed by Churchy next season supported by Ian and will complete in the Herts County League. We will have two Youth Teams next season, one at U18 and one at U16 both competing in the Eastern Junior Alliance League. This puts the club in a great position to promote and develop local youth talent and provide a structured pathway to the First Team the future is looking very bright indeed.
To support the clubs footballing structure, Im delighted to announce two really key appointments. Ian Richardson will pick up the role of Head of Football and will coordinate footballing activities, ensuring player pathways are clear and are working properly. He will also retain his focus on providing technical support to Ryan with the First Team. David Lawless, who will be managing the U18s in the EJA, will take on the role of Head of Youth Football and will work closely with Ian.
Exciting things happening on the kit and merchandising side of things also. Our partnership with ONeills has not only enabled us to successfully launch our on-line club shop for Members and supporters, but weve secured a great deal to enable us to kit out the First Team in some leading edge kit. The centrepiece of this will be a newly designed Home kit, leveraging the manufacturing and printing capability that ONeills are able to offer. Ive seen the prototype design, put together by Ryan, and I must say it looks very good indeed. Well have the best turned out team in the league for sure, along with the best dressed supporters. Over time, we will aim to roll out the ONeills brand and look to all teams so that we look the part right through the playing structure. Watch this space for details of the official launch of the new Home kit.
Thats probably enough from me at the moment. Do enjoy the Euros, and do come down to Eldos to watch them on the big screen (all 3 of them!) if you can. As ever, please either call or email me with any questions or ideas Im always happy to talk.
Bob - Chairman
100 Club Draw - May 2022 (posted Mon 31st May 2021)
The monthly draw was conducted today with the lucky numbers drawn by Tony Stedman and the winners were: 1st May: Barry Simmons £20; 8th May: Lorraine Humphreys £20; 15th May: Bob Winter £20; 22nd May: Chris Langford £20 and 29th May: Alan Dumpleton £100 and Dan Smethers £50.
New members welcomed at just £1 per week payable by bankers order ideally on a quarterly basis. Contact the Club for further information.
Club Photos from the weekend (posted Sun 23rd May 2021)
All the photos taken by our club photographer Dave Davies are available for viewing at the following links. Just copy and paste the link in to your web browser
Photos of the Tring V Berko Vets game
Photos of the opening of Eldos Sports Bar
Photos, mugs, mouse mats, key ring fobs, calendars, phone cases, confetti and greeting cards with the photo on are available to be purchased via the links above.
Restructure at Step 5 (posted Mon 17th May 2021)
The Football Association has published the 2021/22 Step 3 to 6 allocations which means that we will be welcoming 7 new teams to Tring but losing 7 friends to other leagues. Some of the "new" teams have been in the SSMFL previously so will be well known to you but are as follows:- Cockfosters and Hadley from the Essex Senior League and Flackwell Heath and Holmer Green from The Hellenic Premier League in addition Milton Keynes Irish and New Salamis are promoted from Division 1 of the Spartan South Midlands and Risborough Rangers from the Hellenic League.
Unfortunately making room for the new teams and departing from the SSMFL we see Biggleswade United, Newport Pagnell, Potton United and Eynesbury Rovers move to the United Counties Premier and Edgware Town, North Greenford and Wembley switch to the Combined Counties Premier.
Code of Conduct - spectators / supporters (posted Sun 23rd Jun 2019)
We expect our players who represent our club to behave in a respectful way throughout the season. There are also responsibilities attaching to our supporters who come and watch our teams. in fact, we should set an example of good behaviour so that our players can take a lead from us. The club has produced a Code of Conduct which it attached. it is set out to help increase awareness of the standards of behaviour that are expected within the modern game.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR FOR SUPPORTERS, PARENTS, SPECTATORS
Play your part and support Tring Athletics Code of Respect:
Enjoy match day; its what were all here for!
Celebrate good play from both sides
Always respect the Officials, Managers and Coaches and encourage players to do the same
Stay behind the boundaries/touchline at all times
When players make mistakes, give them encouragement to try again next time
Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
If you do not follow the Code, you may be:
issued with a verbal warning
asked to leave the ground
required to meet with the Club Committee, League or Child Welfare Officer
obliged to undertake an FA education course
requested not to attend future games, be suspended or have my membership removed
issued with a fine