There is plenty to look forward to in 2018 but we have taken time to take a brief look back at 2017 and the tremendous progress that has been made on and off the pitch.
Massive thank you to all the players, staff, volunteers, sponsors and supporters at Street FC. Everyone playing different roles over the course of the year but all contributions have been equally important. There has been a huge commitment and effort to help drive the club forward and is terrific to see everyone pulling together.
Manager Rich Fey and the team have enjoyed a outstanding 2017 in the Western League Premier Division with only 3 defeats in 37 games. A run that seen them finish 2nd place in the 2016/17 season and top the table this time around with 17 games of the 2017/18 season left to play.
Steve Murray(31), Dave O'Hare(25) and Craig Herrod(14) have amassed 70 Western League goals between them and everyone hopes their shooting boots remain firmly on in 2018!
Goalkeeper Tom Punchard played every minute of every game and shows no sign of slowing down and is part of a defensive unit that has improved as the year has gone on.
The moment of 2017 was undoubtedly Dale Hunt's winner back in April as Street come from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win away at Melksham Town!
A significant part of 2017 was the completion of a £55k development project. A new stand, turnstile block, disabled/ladies toilets and block screening wall are now in place whilst improving the aesthetics and general feel of the ground.
Fundraising and working in partnership with the FA started nearly 3 years ago so it was great to finally get this one over the line. Amazing effort from everyone involved in this project to keep going after suffering one or two knock backs along the way. Apart from a few minor things to complete, the Tannery Ground will be graded at Southern League standard in the very near future.
A small but dedicated committee and workforce continues to work hard with our commercial partners and have enjoyed welcoming new sponsors to the club this year. We hope to build on this progress in 2018 with more projects in the pipeline so watch this space.
Street Football Club have been passionate about involving the wider community during match days.
Young people from Street Youth, local schools/clubs and other youth organisations have enjoyed afternoons mixing with the players and supporters by being mascots and showing off their penalty skills during half time!
It’s been magnificent to receive positive feedback from parents and coaches who have helped to support this venture and the club have been praised for their efforts. We will certainly continue this into 2018 and hope to see some familiar and new faces enjoying Cobbler home games in the coming year.
Street has had an average home gate of 127 during the course of last year which has nearly doubled from two years previous. The vocal home support has been a feature of home games and look forward to everyone getting behind the team in 2018.
We have managed to increase our team of volunteers on match days and they have been priceless and simply couldn't do without them. Week in week out they turn up and help with the pay booth, car parking, half time draw, cleaning the changing rooms, kit washing, serving food and a lot lot more so a big thank you to all those involved, the efforts are certainly appreciated.
The club introduced a new website in 2017 which is updated regularly keeping fans up to speed on all the news and is receiving over 3000 visits a month. Our 2500 Twitter followers have enjoyed in depth and unique match day coverage for those unable to make the games. Supporters have also been able to read up on the Cobblers through our Facebook page which is now followed by over 1200 people.
Happy new year to everyone, looking forward to 2018, UP THE COBBS!