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Maltby Main Football Club

The little club with the big heart 

It was a difficult start to the campaign for Maltby Main FC as a Manager stepped down in the off-season but the new set up has enjoyed a fine start. Football Focus Magazine recently caught up with CEO Darrell Johnson, Chairman Wilf Race and Treasurer Peter Kenny to find out more about the club.  

They told us, “After an uncertain start to the season due to a failed appointment of a new manager, the mood is now buoyant as a result of the appointment of a three man management team that have restored the teams DNA. We now have a group of players that play for the badge and give 100% commitment. Results have been terrific with the club sitting in 4th position.”

“The start to the season could not have gone any better; we are more than happy with the points per game ratio of 2. You hear a lot of clubs saying let’s get to the magic number that keeps a club safe from relegation and that’s exactly our first target. Who knows where we could finish in this seasons league campaign. I have been around football long enough to know that success can become failure at any time so we’ll take nothing for granted.

“Youth football is very important to the club. We have teams competing at all age groups within Maltby Main Football Club and we always look to progress young lads. Ultimately, it would be fantastic for a lad to start playing in the under 7’s and continue through to the first team.  

“In regards to our facilities, our groundsman does a fantastic job on the pitch with the limited resources at his disposal. We would like to invest in an irrigation system which would get regular water to the pitch rather than depend on rainy days. We are currently looking at options on funding this project which will cost the club in the region of £4k . 

“Our biggest challenge moving forwards is that of the ground lease. The ground lease is in the hands of the local Miners Welfare which, with the demise of the coal mining industry, is under financial stress. We need to plan to ensure that the club can continue should the worst happen.” 

“I’ve been on the committee and volunteering for one and a half years. My Grandad-in-Law played for them in the 40’s and all my in laws are Maltby people. It’s my local club and I’ve been a fan for a while before realising they needed a Media gap filling. The rest is history. I’m still here! Stuck! It’s hard to pull away once you are in. I wouldn’t want to either. We are all passionate about the club.  

The most challenging part of my role is promoting the club as best possible via social media, liaising with local papers and hitting personal deadlines I set myself. The most rewarding thing is the positive feedback we’ve received and how I’ve seen us progress in two-three seasons. Plus all the new friends I’ve made.  

The mood here is excellent. Our phrase is “we are buzzing”. Our manager used it a few times in an interview and it’s stuck. This indirectly created the Malt-bee! (Buzzing etc). We sell these in the shop! 

The start to the season has been excellent … better than expected and now we just need to keep it going. We’ve got a good blend of lads now so we need to keep the players we’ve got and continue to work hard for each other.   

We couldn’t be more of a community club. The locals know all about us and love the fact we keep the club going. Personally my ambitions for us are to keep improving, building, staying afloat isn’t enough. We have to do that and more. We are ambitious and want our partners to be too. We need to keep a good relationship with landlords and companies and we are doing this.” 

Dave Watts, MMFC Media Officer 

The 2016/17 season brought to a close our 100 year centenary celebrations. The curtain came down at a prestige presentation night at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium on Saturday 28th April, an event that was very well attended to the tune of 125 persons, from players, management and sponsors alike. However that was not the end of the story as a week later we received the resignation of the manager and his back room staff to seek an opportunity elsewhere. 

The season itself was literally a game of two halves, up to Christmas it was looking like a relegation dog fight was the very best we could hope for, however post-Christmas a recruitment drive ensued and the top six form resulted in a 14th place finish. 

Following on from the management resignations in May, applications were sought for the manager’s vacancy and after sorting through a great response of submissions interviews took place with Jordan Hall being appointed and bringing with him a back room of John Styring and Mark Higginbottom. Someone who knows Maltby Main well and with a wealth of contacts, Steve Adams, was also asked to join the club as Director of Football.  

Everyone knew that a formidable rebuilding job was required at the club that was not underestimated given that the departing manager took a number of last season’s best players with him as well as the usual handful who left to join new clubs also.  

The time required to turn the club around proved too much for Jordan and his team and mid pre-season he stood down from the club which resulted in a quick-fire appointment being made in bringing in Scott Mason and Mark Askwith as joint managers with John Crossland as the assistant.   

It’s fair to say that the reserves had a frustrating 2016/17 season with players called upon to represent the first team due to injuries and form in an attempt to arrest the poor league position up to Christmas. That said, Andy King managed to keep a loyal bunch of lads together and could see the green shoots in performances if not results as we entered 2017.  

The transformation was evident in the final months, so much so that the leagues champions elect were beaten at Muglet Lane in the final game of the season. It was with great delight that Andy King and his team decided to stay on to manage the reserves once again this season.  

Off the field was a different story for the club and additions made to the committee in the shape of a media officer and secretarial support has helped to share workloads out and ensure our social media presence is known, the upheaval at the end of the season has certainly gelled the committee together even more.  

During the summer, a number of volunteers gave up time to paint and repair a number of areas at the ground and the result is possibly the best the old place has looked for many a year with both stands looking resplendent in black and red along with a number of new sponsor boards placed around the place. As well as this, the addition of our own club shop has become a reality ahead of phased targets and we hope this will create sales and commercial opportunities for many seasons to come. 

As we looked forward to the 2017/18 campaign the commercial department have recently had a good run of sponsorships and associations including a new home kit, both the home and away dugouts named, a number of new members to the 100 club, players/managers sponsored for the 17/18 season, sponsored match day track suits, drill tops and kit bags as well as an increase in season ticket sales on the previous year. 

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