Chesham United FC

Can you believe we are at the end of January? The year is already showing signs of flying by, hopefully with plenty of exciting football to come.

I would like to start by passing on the best wishes of the club to our joint manager Michael Murray who has had to return to hospital following his previous hip replacement, it appears there is an infection that needs dealing with – get well soon Muzza, we need you back on the side-lines! Elsewhere in managerial news, congratulations to James Duncan who has this week been promoted to Head of all Sports at Stanmore College which makes him responsible for around 400 students. Good luck with that one, coming to Chesham and managing our squad must feel like a holiday in comparison!

On the field things continue to go well. Last weekend we came away from Dorset with a smash and grab 2-1 win at Dorchester, like the cup game against Hungerford Town previous to that we had to come back from a goal down to win the match. As much as we do not like going behind, it shows great character that the squad remain patient, keep their heads and are able to turn the result around. Earlier in the season I am not sure that would have been the case, which is a good sign of how we have progressed.

This weekend we welcome Yate Town to The Meadow with a 3.00pm kick-off, like us, Yate very much have their eyes on a play-off place this season and will provide tough opposition in what you could call a classic six-pointer. In time for this game I am delighted to confirm that our management team have done an excellent job in bringing Jeanmal Prosper back to the club following his move to Hemel Hempstead Town recently. More than capable of playing in the league above, Jeanmal was just not getting the game time he wanted, and we are more than happy to have him back with our squad.

Next week we have no midweek fixture for the senior team, but there is a tasty game at The Meadow on Wednesday night when Aylesbury United host Thame United, with the Oxfordshire side featuring Chesham United favourites Dave Pearce and, legendary Bristol Rovers goalscoring hero, Ryan Blake. Kick-off is 7.45pm, entrance is £8 for adults and £6 for concessions with Chesham United season ticket holders getting half price entry. It should be a great game so why not come along and watch this intriguing local derby whilst enjoying a drink from the clubhouse?

For those not aware, we have confirmed the date for our next Sportsman’s Dinner, this will be on Thursday 21st April with our guest speaker being the legendary Tony Woodcock who made over 100 appearances for both Nottingham Forest and Arsenal, as well as over 40 appearances for England, scoring 16 goals for his country. Individual tickets for the event, including dinner and entertainment, are £70, with tables of 10 available for £600 ex-VAT. Full details on how to book will be announced shortly.

As you are no doubt aware by now, we are looking for a new kit design for next season – and we want you, the supporters, to come up with the design. We have had a few entries, but we want more! We are looking for designs for both the home and away kit, the home kit must have white as the main colour on the top and the away kit must be predominantly yellow on the shirt – send your ideas to chairman@cheshamunited.co.uk.

Thank you as always for your support,

Peter Brown, Chairman