Chairman's Column 26.03.2022

Guillem Balague

Chairman's Column 26.03.2022

After a long, hard, learning curve of a season our main focus now is to look to the future as we start to plan for next season.

With just six matches to play, for now the name of the game is our men’s first team finishing clear of the bottom two places and surviving in the United Counties League – something that very few gave us a chance of doing earlier on in the season.

Meanwhile our women’s Red side bowed out of the Bedfordshire Senior Cup when they lost their semi final against Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses (1-3) but are still fighting to finish as runners up in their league while the Women’s Blue Side will be trying to close their first season with a third place league finish.

If we can avoid relegation after having lost just about the whole of our squad before so much as a ball had been kicked then it will be nothing short of a triumph for our club.

The knock on effect of losing so many players spread all the way down our system, not least affecting our Under 23 side who have battled manfully in the Bedfordshire County league despite having, initially, lost so many of their players to the first team.

It also effectively scuppered our under 18 and Under 16 sides that also had to step up to the plate into senior football because of player shortages created by the enforced move of our men's first team.

That we survived - bloodied but unbowed - is a tribute to all those players who answered the call when needed by the club. Without their efforts I'm not sure we would have come through the crisis; my gratitude to them knows no bounds.

Looking ahead we still need a sponsor for our men's first team following the end of our partnership with Top Eleven. Their name on the shirt that has been held aloft by more than 200 of the greatest superstars in the history of the game and that can be seen in the Hall of Fame section at our clubhouse, is proof positive of the high profile we can offer any potential backer not just locally but also worldwide.

We also have decisions to take regarding our kit as we strive to build and maintain an identity at the club by ensuring that every team from the Under 7s all the way to the first team wear the same livery.

How to spend any monies that have come into the club via our bar takings needs to be discussed as does the thorny issue of how we can raise more money as well as continue to sell ourselves to the Community out there with a view to raising our profile within it.

We are receiving inquiries from teams looking to join our Academy and we need to decide how many more our limited infrastructure will allow us to take in, although the interest being shown from youngsters and their parents tells me that the work we have been putting over the past eight years is now reaping benefits.

Any youngsters out there keen on joining us can contact us through our head of youth, Dan Watkins on at youth@biggleswadeutd.com

We are still very much a work in progress and I look forward to making the most of this week's international break by immersing myself in all thing Biggleswade United when I will be watching our men's first team face a tough challenge at Rugby tomorrow (Sat KO 3 PM) before watching our Women's Blue side take on Herts Vipers to the Keech Hospice Care Stadium on Sunday (KO 2 PM).

Our Under 23 side host Flitwick Town First tomorrow (KO 2.30 PM) while our Women's Red side travel to Cambridge City Ladies & Girls Ladies Dev on Sunday (KO 2 PM)

I will also be looking to catch up with a couple of our youth games and would be pleased to meet and chat to anyone about our plans for the future of the club.

See you there!