From the press-box #2 – By Neil Winsor
Photographs supplied by Lee Myers
THE FOLLOWING OPINIONS EXPRESSED WITHIN ARE ENTIRELY THOSE OF THE CONTRIBUTOR AND MAY NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THOSE OF THE CLUB
THE greatest show on earth may be underway some 2,000 miles away in Russia, but we are now less then three weeks away from our own first pre-season friendly.
The last week has seen Hall Road boss Bill Gill and his assistant Andrew Watts continue to shape their squad, with additions coming both on and off the pitch.
Following the expected addition of Rhys Vazquez on July 1st, it was also announced that talented young striker Luke Salas will also link up with the club next season.
Salas although still only 19 years old, has gained experience amongst the youth setups at Hull City, Sheffield United and Leeds United, before having NCEL experience at Westella & Willerby and Barton Town.
He is expected to add bags of pace to the Rangers attack next season, and alongside Reggi Waud (right) and Fraser Hansen could provide one of the youngest attacks in the division next term.
The last few days has also seen the addition of former player Rich White to the coaching staff.
White himself was a goalkeeper in his playing days which also saw him play for Pontefract Collieries and Winterton Rangers as well as a spell at Hall Road in the 90’s, whilst also winning a National Cup gong with Brighams.
In his new role White will help coach the goalkeepers at the club, and pass on his vast knowledge and experience ahead of the new season.
White will take his first session on June 30.
So with the Bridlington Town pre-season friendly now just a matter of weeks away, our pre-match plans for that fixture, have also been revealed.
Prior to the kick off of that eagerly anticipated clash, we welcome our own Under 14’s who will host Priory Lynx in a curtain raiser to give supporters the opportunity to potentially see our next generation of players.
It also gives supporters the opportunity to watch two games of football for just £5, whilst of course all under 16-s will be allowed free entry.
Kick off for the curtain raiser is at 5.45pm, whilst the bar will be also be open.
We are also working on arranging something similar with another of our team’s for the North Ferriby friendly a week later, something which I hope to be able to bring more information on next week.
The last seven days has also seen plenty of sponsorship acknowledgments, as we have managed to box off all of our player sponsors for the coming season.
On behalf of the club I would like to thank all of those that have taken advantage of a great way to support the club, the demand has been extremely positive, and it’s also pleasing to see a number of new businesses get on board with us, as well as some of those we are more familiar with.
We have many more ways to get involved, including a new man of the match initiative which still requires sponsorship, and will cost £300 for the duration of the season, this and others will be publicised also in the next week.
I can this week reveal more information on the coverage the club will be receiving in terms of media for 2018/2019.
Due to levels of reach and engagement, they are a few items from last season which will not be re-run.
The Ground Guides will now become a simple history of head to head encounters, as well as things such as current form and potential danger-men from the opposition.
Due to the excellent work we do on social media promoting matches, and due to the lack of response or engagements we get from them, I have taken the decision to no longer run match previews.
These can still be viewed in the Hull Daily Mail and other news agencies, should you still wish to read them though.
The Rangers Revealer which although was a success last season, has probably ran its course and will not return either.
We will have more video content next season, with more interviews with staff, players and management which were extremely popular in my first season at the club, two years ago
We will even host a cross-bar competition with a twist, for the players to have a go at during training, all of which will be recorded and posted on our website.
We’ll also have more player features, whilst our match reports on our website will be far more in-depth, and take the reader into the thick of the action.
As always I am open to feedback and ideas, so if there is something you would like to see us try, please get in touch either by messaging the club on social media, or having a chat with me at a game.
So it’s been a quieter week then the one before, but next week expect to see us pushing our pre-season friendlies ahead of the season start, which the NCEL have quoted as August 4.
The lads also return for pre-season training, a week on Saturday so we’ll have plenty from the opening session as well.
In the meantime, enjoy the start of the World Cup, and we look forward to seeing you all back at Haworth Park on July 4.