The Chairman’s Musings

The Chairs programme notes of wit, wisdom and eternal optimism, from the pen of  John Burgess.

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TONBRIDGE NOTES

It’s been a very long time since I got an email from Ed giving me a deadline to write notes for The Fleet Supporters’ Trust page in a programme. Little did anyone realise that the successful weekend spent at Hartlepool would be the penultimate game of the 2019-2020 season. The last game at Halifax on Saturday 14th March 2020 would prove to be the only live televised match in Europe – that must be a quiz question in the future. Those stalwart supporters who made the long trip saw a well-deserved win even though it wasn’t to be enough to keep The Fleet in the National League as the season was decided on points per game.

Our return journey that evening involved picking up three players from the motorway services when the team coach driver ran out of hours! A rather bizarre ending but little did we realise it would be the last time we would see those players as the covid pandemic brought the Country and football to a grinding halt. The attempts to run the 2020-2021 season failed and it was declared null and void without Fleet supporters being able to attend any games.

Fleet Supporters’ Trust Members had their membership automatically renewed for the season to August 2021. Volunteers carried out sterling work throughout this period – assisting with games under covid protocols and undertaking much work around the ground. A hearty thanks to all involved – too many to name – but they all know who they are.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust supported the Club throughout and provided materials for work around the ground and paid for a set of new gates for the Swanscombe End entrance. It has been wonderful the past few weeks since restrictions were eased to attend live games and support the squad Dennis has built during the friendlies. Just meeting old friends and being able to socialise together has been great and giving vocal support has created the atmosphere missing for so long

The Members office and bar are now open you can renew your membership there. Away travel can also be booked there or by calling Tracy on 07764 731633 or John on 07951 610878. Our first away game is at Chippenham – bookings are being taken – full details are on the Fleet Supporters’ Trust website and away travel cards giving details of times and costs for each game can be collected from the office in the Old Stand. Fish and chips after the game have been arranged by the Codfather!

Our 50/50 draw tickets are now on sale at home games and from today the Golden Goal tickets will return. Please support both of these as they are an important source of income for us. Having the correct change will be very helpful. The winning tickets from the Arsenal game – 40079 and the Southend game – 40214 – have NOT been claimed. If you have either ticket please contact me on 07951610878 or visit the office on match day. As many of you know Peter and Maggie Danzey are no longer at the Club and on behalf of all Fleet Supporters’ Trust Members and all Fleet Supporters we send them our best wishes for the future.

Well that’s enough from me so let’s get behind the Fleet and cheer them on to a win and three points. UP THE FLEET!

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD NOTES.

Good afternoon to you all, hopefully everyone has got over the disappointment of the trip to Chippenham being cancelled. Let’s hope all concerned are on the road to recovery. The coach was almost full and Fleet fans were eagerly anticipating the game following the great result and superb performance against Tonbridge. The attendance for the opening game was fantastic. The only bonus was avoiding the chaos caused by the A2 road closure!

Today has been designated a Memorial game to enable Fleet Supporters to pay their respects to those Supporters who have passed away during the past 18 months. Those known to each of us will hold a special place in our memory and all were a part of the Fleet Family and will be greatly missed; we should also remember those stalwarts from the past who are no longer with us. It is especially fitting that this tribute is made on the 75th anniversary weekend.

The winners of the 50/50 draws for the following games have not yet been claimed – 31/7 v Arsenal no 40079, 7/8 v Southend no 40214 and 14/8 v Tonbridge no 40549. These can be claimed today at The Fleet Supporters’ Trust office in the old stand or by contacting me on 07951610878. Check those tickets!!

Bookings for the game v Chelmsford on 30/8 can be made at the office today. Bookings can also be made for any way game during the season by coming to the office or contacting Tracy DOWN on 07764731633 or John BURGESS on 07951610878. Cards giving details of all away games are available from the office. If you renew your Fleet Supporters’ Trust membership before 31/8 you will be entered in a draw for shirts from the 2019/2020 season.

The traditional away weekend is being investigated and is likely to be the weekend of 5/3/22 v Bath City. The details have to be put before the Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board meeting and, if confirmed, will be published in my notes for the game v Havant and Waterlooville on 4/9/21. Well I think that’s enough from me lets watch the game and cheer the Fleet to another three points! UP THE FLEET!

HAVANT NOTES

Good afternoon to you all, what a start to the season for The Fleet – two games, six points and eight goals! Those supporters who weren’t at the game on Saturday missed another solid performance by The Fleet against a physical Hemel Hempstead side.
The cancellation of the trip to Chippenham was a disappointment but better to have been told before than discover the presence of covid afterwards. Once the new date is confirmed details of coach travel will be announced.
Hopefully, by the time you read this a further three points will be in the bag after the trip to Chelmsford. The coach was fully booked and I know some fans were disappointed that they couldn’t get on the coach but the moral is to book early. This season bookings can be made in advance for every away trip.
The trip to Hampton on 11th. September is already well subscribed and there will be the usual after match fish and chips arranged. Looking further ahead The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board agreed at their recent meeting that the away weekend will be for the game v Bath City on 5th March 2022. Departure will be on Friday 4th and return on Sunday 6th. We will stay at The Bath City Centre Premier Inn, 25 rooms have been reserved and the cost will be £92 per room per night plus the coach travel. If you are interested book early with me either on match day or by ringing 07951610878. A deposit of £20 per head will be required.
The 50/50 draws for Arsenal – 40079 and Southend – 40214 have still not been claimed. The winning ticket for Tonbridge has been claimed but at the time of writing these notes the Hemel Hempstead ticket – 40680 has not been claimed. The winning number is always on the Fleet Supporters’ Trust website and on the board on the wall opposite the Social club. Check those pockets for the winning numbers.
Don’t forget to renew your membership at the office on match days. The lucky winners in the draw for shirts amongst those members who renewed in August will be notified in the next two weeks.
Well that’s enough from me, enjoy the game today – I shall be keeping an eye on proceedings from Devon as I am away – but I’ll be back for the trip to Hampton. UP THE FLEET!

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