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Bloaters in three-year plan

PUBLISHED: 14:58 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:20 03 July 2010

Bloaters' chairman Stephen Brierley.

Bloaters' chairman Stephen Brierley.

IT is a little over 12 months since Stephen Brierley was appointed chairman of Great Yarmouth Town Football club, and he has been speaking to The Mercury of his first year in the hot seat, what has been achieved and what is to come.

IT is a little over 12 months since Stephen Brierley was appointed chairman of Great Yarmouth Town Football club, and he has been speaking to The Mercury of his first year in the hot seat, what has been achieved and what is to come.

“Well, first of all, I am very pleased with what is happening out on the pitch, from the first team through to the under-18s,” he said.

“All our managers are doing marvellous jobs and moving the club forward football-wise. The players are working hard and it's all looking very positive. We have secured some of our younger promising lads on contracts - as we have some of our older players -as we look to the future.

“We've had the clubhouse refurbished as Legends Sports Bar where Dale and Lisa are doing marvellous things. And by the way I can recommend it to anyone who has not yet ventured inside its doors.

“Come in and see what changes have been made. Dale has already had successful evenings in there with some legends of sport and a lot of things are in the pipeline for the future. All this will make a substantial contribution to the finances of the club.

“We have been successful in gaining new advertisers and sponsors who want to support the club, with our new boards around the pitch, and elsewhere.

“I now have a sponsorship co-ordinator, Lynda Hards, who is also designing the new website which is now up and running (www. greatyarmouthfc.co.uk).

“Lynda has produced a brochure to show prospective advertisers and sponsors what they can get for their support of GYT FC. Lynda can be contacted by telephoning 07776 301665. She will be pleased to send out copies of the brochure or give any other advice she can on sponsorship at GYT FC.

“We do need to increase the numbers watching our games, and get support from the local community.

“When they come to watch our team I am sure they will find an enjoyable rapport amongst the supporters. I get out amongst the crowd and speak to the supporters, so I know how they feel.

“We are also in need of more match-day helpers. If anyone is at all interested, please don't be shy in coming forward!

“I must say a big thank you to all the committee who have supported me throughout, and to Stuart Griffin who liaises with me while I am away on business and keeps me informed on what's happening.

“As I've said before, bringing this club around is not going to be an overnight job but we, Dale and I, are in it for the long term.

“I see our work on a three-year cycle. This season has been about steadying the ship and bringing it back from the brink of closure, which is where it was when I arrived. We will be getting ready to take things to the next step and are already looking ahead to the next two years.”


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