From the press-box – By Neil Winsor
Photographs supplied by Lee Myers
THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED WITHIN ARE ENTIRELY THOSE OF THE CONTRIBUTOR AND MAY NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THOSE OF THE CLUB, OR PEOPLE WITHIN HALL ROAD RANGERS FC.
ALTHOUGH IT HELPS WHEN WE AGREE!
TEAM spirit has always been something Hall Road Rangers has prided itself on, in the near two years I have been at the club, and following the club’s first team bonding session of the new season, it appears to be as high as ever.
Just seventeen days prior to the return of the squad to pre-season training, a meal at Tapasya restaurant last night, allowed players and staff the opportunity to mingle prior to the rigors of pre-season training.
The night largely was a success, and with a number of young lads in particular, and some new faces, it allowed those individuals the opportunity to shake off any awkward unfamiliarities ahead of what promises to be a year of progression.
The club now has a clear management structure in place from the first team, into the reserves and under 19’s, something which has probably been lacking in previous regimes.
The Under 19’s which has helped provide us with talents such as Reggie Waud, will be led by Paul Mortimer and Paul Richardson who will guide the next crop of youngsters in the Northern Alliance Division next season, bringing Thursday night football to Haworth Park.
The reserves which admittedly had an unsettled season last season in terms of management personnel, will have Chris Wright and Harry Stanforth taking the reigns as they look to improve on previous seasons in the Humber Premier League First Division.
Chris has a wealth of knowledge within local football, whilst Harry has been in and around the first team in the previous two seasons, first assisting Dave Ricardo, and then Bill Gill and Andrew Watts with vital statistical information.
Talking to first-team boss Bill Gill over an extremely tasty Lamb Bhuna last night though, and he informed me that through pre-season and with the number of trialists turning out, the club will have at its disposal no fewer then 60 players to choose from, over the three teams, something which has previously never been seen at the club.
So what can we expect, and is it more quantity over quality I hear you ask?
Not necessarily, many of the side that impressed in the second half of last season, barring four players from last season’s ‘Great Escape’ campaign have returned and pledged their commitment to the club.
We’ll have a solid base, the same back five, including goalkeeper James Hitchcock (right) will return, and are now all in place, whilst in midfield, last season’s energetic Young Player of the Year Alex Stock will be darting around the pitch, with Rhys Vazquez, a new acquisition also looking to make an impact.
Vazquez is a player I remember from my time at Hull United, and although he now has a very different role these days, Bill Gill has summed him up as a Patrick Vieira type midfielder, that will provide the ingredient that maybe the midfield has been missing in the last twelve months.
Rhys is a player therefore that Bill is delighted to get into the club, and we look forward to seeing how Rhys can develop those players around him over the next couple of years.
Going forward meanwhile, we have two youngsters with bags of potential in Fraser Hansen and Reggie Waud who caused some good sides in our division, countless problems last season.
The club, and more importantly the future of the club, looks extremely rosy and there is no ceiling as to its possible potential.
So this week on social media as you will have probably seen, we have set about announcing those players that have verbally agreed to return to Haworth Park next season.
I can also reveal they will be more names coming shortly and credit once again must go to Bill Gill and Andrew Watts (pictured left) who are constantly talking to players, as well as juggling their own private lives with full-time jobs.
The reaction to the player sponsorship has always been positive, but this week with Vice Chairman Lee Myers away on holiday, this side of the club is something I have seen first hand, and the response this season so far has been excellent.
It’s been extremely hectic, so hurry up home Lee!!
At £40 for the season I believe it is extremely competitive, especially considering some of the extortionate prices I have seen other clubs charge, and I think this has been reflected in the response we have had.
A huge thank you also goes to Dieter Waud who has managed to garner some interest from some new businesses for this, including a deal to sponsor our polo shirts by Daedalus Construction Ltd.
We still have some players available for sponsorship, so drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about your favourite player before they get snapped up.
It has perhaps been a little quiet at Haworth Park since the final game of last season, but this all looks set to change this Saturday, as through the constant hard work of chairman Darren Sunley, we welcome Hull FC, who host their annual Family Fun day, and we have been chosen to host this event, which is a real coup for the venue and bar in particular.
The day will see Haworth Park transform into its former guise as a rugby ground with members of the Hull FC squad joining us from 11am for a meet and greet, before Hull FC Ladies take on Oulton Raidettes, 90 minutes later.
Entry is £2 for non-members and more information on the day is available on Hull FC’s website.
Aside from the media work I do for the club, arranging nights for the bar will also fall under my remit in the next season, and they are plans afoot to open the bar on a more regular basis for themed evenings, so watch this space for more information, or even follow the venue on its new Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/haworthparkfunctions/)
My final thought this week though, is actually more of a welcome to Paul Innes and his Under 14’s side, which have come across to us from neighbours East Yorkshire Carnegie.
I’m aware first hand of all the hard work that Paul has put into his team and also knowing him personally, I know they will be a great addition to the Hall Road Rangers family.
They garnered an incredible 60 points from a possible 60 points last season as they won their respective division to earn promotion and they will be a side to definitely watch out for next season.
They have also announced a pre-season friendly against Scarborough Athletic at their recently opened Flamingo Land Stadium on Sunday August 5, a sign of the giant strides they have taken despite only been formed two years ago.
I’m sure they will be keen to continue their progression with us next season, and you can keep up to date with how they get on, by liking their very own Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hall-Road-Rangers-U14s-2118136241757522/.
So keep checking all of our social media platforms with all the latest news from the club, we are on Twitter (@HRRFC) and Facebook (Hall Road Rangers (Official))
We are finally now just a mere 27 days away until we welcome Bridlington Town to Haworth Park for our first pre-season friendly, so continue to enjoy your summer, and we look forward to seeing as many of you back getting behind the lads for what I’m sure will be another dramatic season ahead.