(Staines Town, 4th Jan 2015, Vanarama South)

2014 has drawn to a close, and what a year it has been as a fan, hell as a part of Concord Rangers football club. The end of last season saw the Beachboys earn a 9th place finish in the (as it was then) Skrill South, whilst reaching the Essex Senior Cup final.

That cup final was a fantastic night for everyone involved with the club, with a deserved victory being gained over Braintree Town. The lads left everything on the pitch, and it was brilliant to see them walk away with that massive Essex Senior Cup trophy. Obviously the celebrations lasted well into the night, but it wasn’t too long before the focus was switched right back to business and the 2014/15 season.

Preseason was its usual uncertain self, with trialists coming and going, games being won and lost, squads being rotated, but it gave us a hint of what was to come over the next few months. One trialist was knocking the goals in seemingly for fun in Jordan Chiedozie, and he proved to be a key addition to the team this season. Obviously now he?s moved on to professional pastures, and we wish him all the best in those endeavours.

The season itself up until now has already seen a number of highs and lows, along with a number of changes to our coaching and playing staff. Glen Alzapiedi stood down as assistant manager to take over the reins at Cheshunt, leaving Nicky Cowley to step up and take his place. Jamie Butler suffered a nasty injury vs Wealdstone and has been absent since, although he?s on the comeback trail as I type. I?ve already mentioned Jordan, Cheye Alexander came & went, whilst Taylor Miles returned to the Aspect Arena after his loan spell last season.

Cup success has been another big story of 2014, firstly with the Essex Senior Cup mentioned above, but also the FA Cup run to the First Round Proper, and the current run to the 2nd Round of the FA Trophy. There?s also the quest to retain the Essex Senior Cup which will continue on February 10th when we face Dagenham & Redbridge in the Quarter Finals of the competition.

On a personal level 2014 has seen me go from just being a supporter who wrote a bit, to being a committee member here at the club and editing this programme for every home game (which has turned out to be a lot more work than I imagined).

2014 has been a great year, but 2015 promises to even better for the club and all involved with it. And with that I wish you all a Happy New Year!

You Are My Concord!

Alan Jessup-Peacock