THE newly-reformed Gresley FC Supporters Club have stated their ambition of raising money to help the club both on and off the field.
Under recently-elected chairman James Southern, GFCSC have formed out of the ashes of the former supporters club, which had lain dormant for a number of seasons, with club director Gary Brockway elected to the role of treasurer and Matt Wildsmith as secretary.
They have recruited the likes of former Moat boss Gary Norton to the committee, and want to raise in excess of £1,000 through membership fees and events such as next week’s 60s Night (on Friday, October 4), arranged by committee member and director Keith Milner.
Southern said: “It would be great if we could get around 90 to 100 members early doors, as that would give us about £900 to £1,000, plus what is remaining and the money that hopefully Keith and the team will make on the 60s night.
“The first one made about £450 and this time we are expecting to make significantly more.
“This would then allow us to scope further projects that could increase the account coffers
“If we can raise significant funds year-on-year, maybe that will allow us to fund key projects for the club in the coming seasons, which then in turn may free up more playing budget, which in turn leads to a better squad – which ultimately leads to success.”
The Supporters’ Club have launched a membership scheme, and have had responses from local businesses offering discounts for members, including Gresley shirt sponsors Rink Print, Coors Shop, MJ Car Sales, A&M Motors, JD Wetherspoon in Swadlincote and in Ashby, Rainbow Skip Hire, Brakes (Midlands) Ltd, The Catchems Inn and the Gresley FC club shop.
They are also keen to arrange a match next season between the Gresley Rovers 1996/97 Southern League Championship-winning side and Burton Albion, with any players from the former asked to contact Southern on 07827 310528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern also called on any businesses who want to partner with GFCSC or anyone interested in membership.
The committee will be running a coach to the FA Cup clash with Brackley Town FC on Saturday, leaving the Catchems Inn at 11:45am. To book a seat call Southern using the details above.