On behalf of the committee we would like to take this opportunity to thank the players and management of all three teams, our supporters, benefactors, sponsors and friends who have supported us through the 2015/6 season and shared in the successes we have gained both on and off the field in recent years. This support is what keeps us all going and interested in keeping this football club alive and kicking.
In the last two months we have seen a number of changes which many have been disappointed by. Not everyone likes and adapts well to change but this is a fact of life being involved with a non-league football club. Godmanchester Rovers will continue to function and fulfil its ambitions of being a community club with links to local associations and the good people of Godmanchester.
In May 2016, Manager; Matt Clements decided to step down from his position after steering the club to a second successive runners up spot in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division to focus on his businesses and other commitments. This was a decision we respected and we thanked ‘Clem’ for his time and professionalism during his tenure. This left us with the task of appointing a new First Team Manager and were delighted to announce Adie Cambridge as his successor. Adie is well known and well respected and we are extremely happy with how his first two months in charge have gone to date. In recent weeks it has become evident that almost all of our squad from last season have departed to pastures new. Some have decided to take the step up to higher level football which no-one can argue with. Some have decided to move sideways to other clubs at the same level. With all of the players leaving we would like to thank them for their time with us and wish them all the best at their new club.
The club has not reduced the playing budget from last season. There are several other improvements we have made to the provision of facilities and equipment etc for this coming season.
The task at hand for Adie Cambridge is to rebuild the squad to continue competing at the highest possible level and after recent discussions internally this is a challenge that everyone is relishing. Our aim is to continue to develop young players through the ranks combining this with quality older players. The future is bright for the club regardless of any ‘crisis’ that has recently been inferred.
Reserves & Under 18’s
We are delighted with the appointment of Richard Cosbey as our reserve team manager. Our reserve side will be recognised more as an U21 side as we look to develop the younger players for the future from Youth into Senior football at the club. Our connections with Godmanchester Town Football Club are strong and we will continue to see this go from strength to strength in the coming years.
Since the appointment of Matt Mee as our Youth team manager we have seen over 45 different players coming through looking to be involved. It is a credit to Matt and his support team for looking to strengthen the number of local youth players getting involved with football at our great club.
So, with all of this in mind, it would be remiss of us not to say that we are disappointed with the changes with players leaving our ‘family’ however the football club will continue to be successful in more ways than one (both on and off the field) and we will ensure that Godmanchester Rovers Football Club is sustainable for the future.
We would like everyone, including our loyal supporters, to bear with us and embrace these positive changes as we head into the 2016/17 season and beyond.
Thank you for your time in reading this statement.
Karly Hurst, Simon Clark, Chris Allan, John Southee
The Board of Directors