An end of season message from the Manager of Tunbridge Wells to their loyal fans.
Good evening all,
Following confirmation given this week that the 2019/20 season has come to its conclusion, I am gutted that there will be no further football played especially when in such a healthy position in the league and a cup competition.
We set out this season with a plan and an objective as part of a journey, which we more than achieved and are in a good position to develop further going into next season.
Since the first day I walked into this club, I have loved every single minute of it and everyone involved at the club has made me feel at home. I had been able to bring in my loyal management team and additional staff who have always given me above and beyond support, commitment and professionalism on a daily basis. They really are some of the best in the business.
Recruiting a brand new set of players is never easy but the way the lads have gelled, worked and performed together was the best I have ever witnessed. I would like to personally thank every single player that has worn the Tunbridge Wells shirt this
season and everything they have given in order for us to succeed. They have achieved success and so much more this season and are all a credit to the club. This gives us a strong foundation to build on going forward to next season.
A big factor in our success this season is our beloved fans, who come with a big reputation but are so much more – I wish to thank you for your continued support even in some horrendous playing conditions this season! Home or away, you have always been there and always been heard – I speak for the whole of the changing room when I say that your efforts have very much been appreciated this season.
I would like to thank Scott the chairman, the committee and all match day volunteers – your support has been immense and I have loved sharing every moment with you as well as working with you on a daily basis.
Finally, a message of good health to you all during these tough times where I urge you all to stay safe, looking after your families and loved ones. This is a situation that none of us could have prevented but we will come back together, stronger.
The season maybe over, but the journey has only just begun!
I look forward to seeing you all next season,
UP THE WELLS!
A message from the Club…
Dear Friends of Tunbridge Wells Football Club,
We don’t need to tell you that we are living in unprecedented times. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have quickly reached far and wide. Of course, our thoughts are first and foremost with all of those who have been impacted by this awful virus. We hope that all of our players, members, volunteers, supporters and committee remain safe and healthy. The same is true for our wider footballing family.
Tunbridge Wells Football Club isn’t immune from the knock-on effects of the virus and unfortunately this has only exacerbated what was already a difficult situation. An extended period of inclement weather (including the wettest February on record) has meant that the football club hasn’t played a Saturday home fixture in 2020 and our last home game of any kind was Tuesday 7th January.
The club is reliant on four key revenue streams: Gate receipts, the clubhouse bar, sponsorship and a contribution from our Junior Club. All of these are incredibly important but by far the largest of these is the revenues from the match-day gate and bar. To be without these sources of cashflow for nearly two and a half months has been incredibly challenging.
We had hoped that a good run of home games in March would bring a much needed boost to the club finances. Despite a generous donation to the football club from the Independent Supporters Trust (TWIST), the announcement of the suspension of SCEFL fixtures for what may be an extended period means the club is now facing an existential threat.
As it stands, the club faces the very real prospect of having no match-day revenues for 7 months; January to July (the hosting of our first pre-season friendlies). This is unsustainable.
It is for this reason that the Board of Directors have taken the decision to launch a crowdfunding appeal. Our fundraising target is £20,000. This would help to replace the anticipated revenues which would have been generated by:
– the remaining 12 home league and cup fixtures,
– the hosting of end-of-season cup finals at the Culverden,
– music event Party on the Pitch,
all of which we must assume from a worst-case planning basis will now not be taking place.
We understand that this is a big ask.
We are incredibly fortunate to be a well-supported club. From the hundreds who watch us on a Saturday, to the thousands who cheered us on at Wembley, it is to you that we turn for help in securing the future of the club until the beginning of the new season and beyond. Any donation, large or small, would be gratefully received.
We sincerely wish we didn’t need to do this. The future of the club is in your hands. We need your help.
Thank you for whatever assistance you can offer.
Tunbridge Wells Football Club