Chesham United FC

After a few weeks of indifferent results we get have now got our results together and are performing to a much better with 2 wins and a draw in our last three games and everyone a lot happier around the place.

We are where we are due to a long season of hard work so far all this season to get us here, not just over a few weeks. Let us all now support the team on the green stuff and go for it. Together we are united.

At yesterday’s game v Dorchester, I took time away from the directors box to mix and mingle with our supporters. Many stopped me and chatted, and I met many a new face and families who were spending their first match at the Meadow, all professing to come back to the next one and some saying what I have missed, “a great day out, great bars, great food, and good football”.

The Chess Suite staff were very busy, Mavericks Bar was doing a booming trade in beers and Lagers during the game, and then onto the tea bar…… What a fun loving happy band of ladies they are! Banter in making sales, working as a very happy team with one another, delicious home made cakes, hot pies and Sausage rolls, and at such great value. Our supporters are spoilt for choice and then all rounded off with a comprehensive win!

The man of the match Matt Ridley was presented with his bottle of bubbly in the clubhouse afterwards, wouldn’t it be great if a few more stayed behind for the presentation. The players don’t leave the clubhouse until at least 6pm on a weekend fixture.

511 people enjoyed yesterday at the Meadow and with just one more home game in the league to go now, our boys need all our support to push us into the play-offs. I do so hope to see you all next Saturday for the 3pm KO. Can we make it the biggest crowd of the season?

Early-bird season tickets go on sale in the coming weeks with a short period of purchase before prices go up, so when you see the offer make sure to snap up the discount as they won’t be avaliable for a long time.

There is a variation in the playing strip for next season, again watch out for the photo shoot to see it when it comes out.

I gave a huge thank you, on behalf of us all to Paul Campion yesterday, as it was his last day as our Matchday Office manager. He has completed what we now believe to be 28 years of voluntary service to the club, making sure the turnstiles have the cash floats and entrance tickets. He then collates the attendances figures, number of programmes sold etc. We do need a volunteer to take on this role please for the 2023/24 season, it is not an onerous task but a very important part of our match day operations.

King Harold burnt his cakes some years ago, and my cooking is quite near his standard after another day in the club kitchen. We have found a simple way of pre match food in our boardroom, with it being quite delicious, and the players food is simple but tasty and full of carbohydrates and calories for them to boost the calories that they have spent during the match. There has to be someone out there that wants to earn some money for their efforts. Again please ask your friends & family if they want or could help us out with this position to help us all move forward. Please contact me on chairman@cheshamunited.co.uk for either of these much needed positions which we need to be filled.

The plans for the Alex Horne Comedy Football Match are now well advanced and we will be announcing names of those who will be taking part when we re-open the ticket sales this next week. I can say that both our managers are going to play with a few of the first team also taking part. This is going to be a day filled with fun and laughter as is the way when Alex organises an event and a massive fundraiser for the club and local charities.

There will be 3 bars on the day for your refreshments, Bill’s Diner is booked in and our fabulous ladies in the Tea Bar will be offering all their sweet & savoury goodies and we as a club will be offering our facilities to help make you all smile and laugh a lot.

Any one that wants to undergo a few hours training to become a steward for the club for this event and others would also be much appreciated.

St Johns Ambulance will be in attendance to make sure any illnesses or injuries can and will be looked after properly with our Head of Medical Matt Loomes looking after Chicken City, Egg United and our match officials.

Fnally I am very proud to say that we have this week installed and are waiting for connection of our public defibrillator in a secure cabinet in the club car park, attached to our clubhouse wall near the entrance to the clubhouse. It is registered as part of the national scheme so any member of the public can gain access to it by calling 999, for it to be used in helping to save a life for those suffering a cardiac problem. Let’s hope it is never gets used, but now we have it. We thank the Premier League fund that we received some funding from for this. This will go alongside the two portable defibs, that we already have as a club, one of which is in the clubhouse and the other is held by our physio for all home and away matches.

Finally, I wish you all a very Happy Easter and that you are all able to spend time with friends and families at this most poignant time of the year.

Best wishes