(Hayes & Yeading United programme notes, 17/10/15)
Welcome back to the Aspect Arena, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks since we were last here so I’ll try and cover all that has gone on around the club in that time!
Just after the last programme had gone to press, assistant manager Jody Brown left the club after just a few months here. Since then he has taken over the managers role at Heybridge Swifts, and we wish him all the best as he goes forward in that position.
On a related note, goalkeeping coach Danny Clare, after many years here at Concord Rangers, has also decided to move on to pastures new. Danny has made the step up to an assistant managers role, and has joined Jody Brown at Heybridge. Again we’d like to thank Danny for all his hard work for the club over the years and wish him all the best going forward in his new challenge.
It wasn’t just staff who left though, as 2 weeks ago former club captain Tony Stokes made the switch to our neighbours Canvey Island FC. Stokesy has been a part of this club ever since I started coming here, and has become of my good friends, so I’m gutted to see him leave, but I also understand the reasons behind the switch and wish him every success going forward for that little club down the road.
As for events on the pitch, 3 weeks ago our 2015/16 FA Cup journey ended just 90 minutes after it had begun, travelling to Wingate & Finchley in the 2nd Qualifying Round and coming up short, losing 2-1 on the day.
There have been some positive news though recently, one of the most important (I feel) is that Glen Alzapiedi has returned to the club as Assistant Manager. As you are probably aware, Glen was a big part of some of our previous successes at the club alongside the Cowley brothers, he knows the players and how the Concord Rangers mentality works, so it was perfect timing that when Jody left, Glen left his managerial post at Cheshunt. I would like to welcome Glen back to the club, and hope that he has the same successful impact on the team that he had last time.
Glen was with us when we won our first Essex Senior Cup, which brings me to my next point of interest, our attempt at a “Threepeat” in that competition will start at home to Harlow Town (to be played before November 14th) in the 3rd round.
So whilst there’s plenty going on, it’s time to get back to business, lets cheer on the lads today and get them a much needed 3 points!
You Are My Concord!!