Barnston Association Football Club
Barnston AFC head into the new campaign with plenty of optimism having appointed a new manager in the summer and have enjoyed a positive start up to now. Football Focus Magazine recently caught up with their Chairman Bob Tyler to find out more about the good work they’ve been doing lately.
He started by telling us about his involvement saying, “I was contacted to run Barnston Reserves, as they had 150 goals scored against them and I was confident I could do better. I had had a motor bike accident which finished my footballing days so this was a chance to stay involved with the great game.”
“The most challenging thing as treasurer is always getting enough money in to run the club, as chairman it is a challenge to keep the club running as efficiently as possible with all voluntary people. The most rewarding thing is seeing the team play well.
“The mood is really good at the moment, with new manager Neil Bell getting a good feel about the place after a poor season last time around. So far the team is knitting together, playing good football and the results have been fairly good as well so things are promising for the season ahead. The reserves have only played two games and are a young side that can only get better.
“Our plans are to finish mid-table this season, for the reserves to complete fixtures and prepare for the next season. Our Sunday team are top and should stay there.
“We always encourage young players in the seniors; for example five seventeen year olds were in the first team on Saturday. This is important for the club as they are our future. We look to help provide them with a smooth transition into the senior game by starting them in the reserves before they progress into the 1st team. If they are good enough they will go straight into the first team.
“We are not officially a community standard club as yet, but our village is involved with a lot of activities we run and we also host Chelmsford City Ladies Team on Sunday afternoons.
“Our biggest challenges are to find people to replace aging committee members. I am 84 years old and can’t go on forever so try to be practical. Our ambitions are to progress the club up to Level 6 and to do that we will have to have floodlights, turnstiles etc. but we are confident we are up to the challenge!”