Chairman’s Update

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Chairman’s update

Off the pitch
So, one year after taking up the role as Yate Town FC Chairman, I think it’s time to reflect and review what’s happened, in what I have to say has been a year that has just flown by.

Many of you have asked what’s it like being the Chairman of a football club and I have to say that as much as it’s enjoyable, it also brings frustrations. The club is in a good position off the pitch as in we have a long lease on the ground and we have no debt.

I have been very lucky to have been able to add to the existing committee and this gives me the opportunity to plan and strive for further success.

The club have high hopes for the future but, and this is a massive BUT, we need your help.

We need people who have:
Experience working within corporate businesses.
We need to fill positions in the financial operations of the club.
We need someone who has worked within the legal sector.
We need anyone who feels they can help the club no matter how much or how little.

The club needs you NOW.

The workload of the committee members is too much and whilst we’re coping, we need that extra help to be able for the club to move forward on and off the field. It would be great to be promoted but it’s equally important to stay there when it happens. The club needs to be self-sustainable whatever level we play at.
We have some amazing sponsors, who without their help and contributions this club would not be where it is today. We need to add to the commercial team so if that’s something you feel you can add something too, please make yourself known – we need you now.

On the pitch
Unfortunately, we were relegated last season and despite some spirited performances and wins towards the tail of the campaign the loss to Harrow Borough on the final day ended all hopes of staying up. The club supported then manager, John Rendell, throughout the summer of 2023 as he built a team of players on a reduced budget. John signed plenty of exciting youthful players but with a poor start to the season the decision for change was made.

We decided to give Darren Mullings the opportunity to test his management skills and he hit the ground running, as results and performances started to improve with some change of personal. With further additions to the squad after Christmas we all know what happened then – a 10 game unbeaten run – and hopefully this is the level we continue to perform at.

The partnership with Yate Utd is heading in the right direction and I’m really proud of what we have achieved in such a short time. This undoubtedly has contributed to the rise in attendances at the South West Interiors Stadium and long may this continue with the other initiatives we have introduced for matchdays at home. Teaming up with the Great Westen Air Ambulance Charity has shown that we are keen to be further involved in the community.

Finally, thank you for everyone’s support and kind words in my first year but please do not underestimate YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU NOW.

If you can help in any way, please contact me on 07867382842 or

Thank you to my fellow directors, committee members, ground staff and volunteers for all your amazing work during the past 12 months.