Chairman's Column 25.02.2022

Guillem Balague

Chairman's Column 25.02.2022

After the most troublesome and turbulent season that, at one point, saw us lose our entire first team squad and win just three out of our 27 league games, we now find ourselves just one match away from a place in this season's Bedfordshire Senior Cup final.

Tuesday night's last gasp 3-2 win against Arlesey Town was no less than a tribute to all those people that have stuck with us through thick and thin during the most difficult of times here at Biggleswade United

If we can now make it through to a final it will be no more than the players, directors, supporters, sponsors deserve after the most testing campaign in in the club's history.

It will also be a fitting tribute to that indefatigable bunch of volunteers at the club whose efforts ensure than we continue on a daily basis

Unfortunately Champions League work commitments meant I was unable to be there and had to watch the game in Madrid on YouTube on live stream from our Keech Hospice Care Stadium, although I was at least able to watch it in distinguished company.

Former Manchester United and Denmark legend, the goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel watched the whole game with me and it's fair to say this is a man that knows more than most about what it is to play in finals.

After the match he told me that,"now you can begin to smell the hot-dogs," a phrase that was apparently used by the Manchester United players as they got ever closer to a final because whenever they visited Wembley all you could smell as you approached the ground was the hot dogs being dished up outside the stadium.

We will now face AFC Dunstable or Biggleswade FC in what will certainly be a tough, hard fought semi final.

But as morale boosting as our cup victory undoubtedly is, for the time being it needs to be placed on the back burner as we concentrate all our efforts and enthusiasm fighting our way out of the relegation places.

What is certain is that if we show the same fighting spirit that we displayed when we came back to win after going down to ten men after Kye Andrews was sent off and then conceding an equaliser immediately afterwards, then I'm more than confident we will be able to find enough courage and resilience to take us to survival.

We have 11 'finals' left to play beginning with the visit of Oadby Town tomorrow (Sat k.o: 3pm).

Our Under 23 mens side visit Stevington First (ko 2.30pm) while our Womens Red side visit Whittlesey Athletic on Sunday (ko 1pm) and our women Blue side travel to Hartham United (ko 2pm).