Chairman’s Notes: Ebbsfleet United (H)

Chairman’s Notes: Ebbsfleet United (H)

The Chairman’s notes from our game against Ebbsfleet United!

Chairman Paul Hornby revealed that the clubs turnover in November 2019 was £35,000 more than in November 2018, as well as wishing all Bluebirds supporters a happy New Year in his programme notes before the Ebbsfleet game:

“Good Afternoon and welcome to the Progression Solicitors Stadium for the first time this year. May I take this opportunity to wish all our supporters a very Happy New Year. Let’s see what 2020 has in store for us… Today we give a warm welcome to everyone who has made the long trip from Ebbsfleet.

The Christmas games have been workmanlike and professional under difficult circumstances. Having our preparations interrupted by having the Solihull game called off, we then played 2 games in 3 days including 20 minutes with 10 men.

This was prior to our victory on New Year’s Day at AFC Fylde. In this period we have averaged just under 2 points a game, however, victory today would put that average just over 2 points. This statistic will have us in the promotion picture but we continue to take it one game at a time.

Prior to Christmas the Bluebirds Trust launched their ‘Play Your Part’ campaign. I’m really pleased to support and help this in any way we can as the Trust look to maintain their 10%. £65,000 is a huge amount of money and as a Board we know the current loss isn’t sustainable. However all the owners made a choice that we needed to repay debts, get the stadium compliant and support our manager. All of these things won’t be necessary every year and we hope the loss will be much lower for 2020/21.

Supporting a loss also gives us the opportunity to improve income streams but all these things take time. To give you an example, our monthly turnover for November 2019 is £35,000 higher than it was for the same period last year. We are all working so hard and trying to do things the right way.

Within this loss there is money for Ian should he choose to bring in reinforcements in January.

Finally thank you for all your support during 2019. Having 4 consecutive games over 2000 culminating in that amazing gate on Boxing Day is truly wonderful. Breaking records going back to our football league days is something very special.

Enjoy the game everyone.


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