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Chairman's Column 27.01.2024

Chairman's Column 27.01.2024

It's half time, or thereabouts, for all Biggleswade United's senior sides this season and the perfect time to assess our progress.

New, joint-men's first team coaches Jordan Wright and Gaz Hunt certainly hit the floor running when they took over from Cristian Colás at the beginning of the season going unbeaten in seven league matches, winning four and drawing three, only to face a reality check in the second half of December and early January when five league matches yielded just one point from a possible 15.

But there's still a long way to, the atmosphere in the dressing room is excellent and we all know that Rome wasn't built in a day. It's all part of the process and I have always said that in football you learn more from a defeat that you do a victory. Gaz and Jordan deserve, and will be given, their chance to find a way out of this current sticky patch, stabilise, look to strengthen the side, learn as they go, and become as good as they can be.

Our men's reserve team, meanwhile, carried on the good form they had shown at the end of last season with three wins and a draw from their first four matches and after languishing for much of last season near the bottom of the table fully deserve the top four position that they are, at the time of writing, currently enjoying.

We currently have around 30 women signed up for our two senior sides and while neither of them enjoyed the best of starts they have got stronger as the season has progressed. Our Red side currently sit mid-table although they will looking to maintain their recent improvement if they want to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle.

Our Blue side however are currently near the top and if they can maintain their form are very much in with a shout for the the Division One title of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Women's Football League and promotion into the Premier Division.

We are always looking to improve, recruit and welcome new friends, be they players, coaches and, of course, volunteers and would be delighted to hear from anyone eager to join us in whatever capacity at biggleswadeunited@gmail.com .

As always raising money that can allow us to function on a daily basis remains one of our most urgent and constant priorities.

To that end we recently raised £1140 with a one ticket takes all super raffle with a value of over £400 which contained two season tickets for the 2024-25 season, a selection of club merchandise, two sets of top quality earphones, chocolate and last but not least, a signed copy of the latest edition of my book on Leo Messi. Tickets costed £2 each and were sold by every team leader/coach at the club and in the bar.

There will be another brilliant hamper in April and anybody will be able to win it (and help the club in the process) as tickets will be available online too.

And I will be continuing with my "Evening with Guillem" events, this time to be held on April 4 in the Leicester area with a special VIP night featuring myself in conversation with the brilliant Enzo Maresca, the coach of high-flying Leicester City currently taking the Championship by storm.

It should prove to be a very popular night and hopefully, profitable, with all proceeds going to club funds.

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