Hungerford Football Club..........
Hungerford Town face a tough task in the new season, having just escaped
relegation last season, the league having been strengthened by the inclusion
of Torquay United, who were relegated from the National League and who were
a Football League side only a few years ago, and who have retained a full-time
squad of players. Other additions include Billericay Town who were promoted
from the Isthmian League and are reputed to have a weekly players wage bill
of £17000. There is no way that we can match that !
Manager Ian Herring has worked hard to recruit new players and we have signed
a number of promising youngsters, but we shall have to remain patient as
they develop and fit into the squad.
We have played a number of pre-season friendlies with mixed results, including
a 3-1 win at Carshalton, a 3-2 defeat by an Oxford United XI, a 6-5 defeat
on penalties after a 1-1 draw by Thatcham in a revived Hungerford Cup which
is over 100 years old, but has been in limbo for a number of years. We ended
the series with a 1-0 win over Bracknell Town.
We have a daunting task as we commence our league programme, a visit the
St.Albans City on the first day of the season, followed by home matches
versus Wealdstone and Chelmsford City, all of whom are prospective challengers
for the league title.
We have a hard-working committee and a loyal band of supporters, but we
need all the help we can get to have a chance of surviving at this level.,
where we are the smallest club, with the smallest catchment area, and are
playing at a level which is beyond our wildest dreams, way above all the
sides who have been our traditional opponents during most of our history.
We shall be doing all we can, but need all the help available to hold our
own, and need everyone to get behind us in this monumental task.
Ron Tarry. President Hungerford Town Football Club.