Three Bridges Football Club
Three Bridges FC worked hard during the off-season to ensure that they are well prepared for the new campaign and have been rewarded with some positive early results. Football Focus Magazine recently caught up with Club Representative Alf Blackler to find out more about the club.
He told us, “I joined in 1971 when I met players and officials of the club at my friend’s stag do. The Coach at the time, Alan Bell, who is now our Club President and served as Chairman for twenty years, suggested I come down to train with the club. I soon proved that I was not up to the standard of football on the field, but I helped to run the Reserves for a while before becoming Press Officer and Programme Editor.”
“The biggest challenge of my role is having to get match reports to the local press and into the next club programme. Since our Secretary Lorraine Bonner took over the editing, the programme is a much more professional publication.
“The mood here is quite upbeat after five years in the Ryman Isthmian League saw us finish in the bottom half of the table in four of those seasons. We have a lot of new players, many being very experienced.
“The start to the season has been okay as we get used to the level again and accept that everyone regards us as a scalp following our relegation. We are now hoping to improve and hopefully be in with a shout of promotion as we move into April.
“Youth football is very important to the club and we have teams at all levels from under 7’s to under 18’s. We used to run an Academy, but that wasn’t as successful as anticipated, especially when a local school’s Academy was backed by Chelsea FC. But the Managers at all the junior levels are encouraged to continue into at least the Under 18’s and they can then suggest who should be considered for Under 21’s and First Team football.
“One of the biggest challenges we face as a club is trying to balance the books at the same time as remaining competitive. A lot of rival teams are paying ‘ridiculous’ money and we have already lost two players this season through this. It is our aim to regain our Isthmian League (it’s no longer Ryman but is now backed by Bostik) status and try to at least regularly feature in the top half of the table.”