April 24, 2018, 8:08 p.m.
You might be forgiven for thinking Hempnall FC is a club in difficulties, as the first team has dropped out of senior football for the first time in many seasons, and the Reserves languish at the bottom of D5 South.
Nothing could be further from the truth, the togetherness and camaraderie is tangible, as witnessed by the after match get together in our hospitality area after the Reserves last game of the season, and their subsequent night out on the town.
Not only that, the Veterans have recovered in recent games to currently sit above the relegation places, and seem well set for next season’s campaign.
Our Chairman has said several times that he can’t remember a better crop of players and club officials, and despite our lowly league positions, speaking to the players, the Chairman’s thoughts are borne out.
We are also looking to establish a new Sunday side, and we are, with the club now stabilised, hoping to re-commence a youth section, though this very much depends upon helpers and parents coming forward to oversee the youth aspect. We have kits, mini-goals, youth footballs, and a Secretary willing to oversee any necessary administration. We are a Charter Standard Club with suitable welfare and the like.
Our small hospitality area has proved to be popular, Adam Nelson has done a great job to oversee things most Saturdays, and the Village Hall committee have done all they can to smooth our path as regards room management. They have provided better heating, so the changing rooms are much more comfortable now.
The team managers may not have provided the expected results this season, but as with many clubs, the factors affecting player acquisition, retention and ambience are complex and Greg, Nick and Matt have done a remarkable job to keep the club together. We are sure that they will carry on the good work, all are already looking forward to pre-season.
With the emergence of the ‘Hunnies’ supporters, things are definitely looking up.
Many thanks to our Sponsors, Cunningham’s Autos, Anglia Freight and Chip Inn, who have continued to support us through thick and thin.
We are also to benefit from some yet to be purchased sponsored polo shirts from Gobur Caravans, thanks go to Richard Moss for this.
As usual, Steven Griffiths (our current Chairman and President) has done a huge amount behind the scenes, providing all first aid equipment, line marking paint, and a number of other things that I have no doubt forgotten about. Not only that, he oversees our pitch maintenance with the Secretary, and from knowing absolutely nothing about maintaining pitches, we now know next to nothing, but we have tried hard, and guidance from the ground standards officer at Anglian Combination and former groundsman Ray Youngman has helped us maintain a decent surface.
The Parish Council has also assisted where possible, and thanks to them for their help where it was required.
So, the club is very positive about the forthcoming season.
We are always looking for assistance, new players, ideas, sponsors etc., so if you feel able to help, please do contact the Club Secretary – details are on the Contact section of this website.