THANKS to all the shareholders that turned up to Stafford Rangers' annual meeting last Thursday, writes Stuart Maun. (pictured).
It was pleasing news for the shareholders as once again (as in the previous two years) the club did not further haemorrhage money, not incur any further debt, and managed to make a small operating profit over the year.
The initial aim of the current board to stabilise the club must be deemed a success, and now it must concentrate on growing the club on and off the field.
Now It is important that we all give Graham (Heathcote) and his team the support until the end, and of course into next season in order for us to bounce back at the first time of asking.
There have been plenty of changes over the season with no fewer than three management teams at the helm and more than 60 players coming and going at Marston Road, possibly an all-time high.
This season we have also seen some loyal faces relinquish their roles at the ground, for example Paul Tittensor and Alice Kelly, and at the end of this season we also say a sad farewell to Sheila who has manned the programme hut for over 25 years, in addition to Neil, Sid and Sue Kelly.
It was also announced at the annual meting that, with immediate effect, Rod Woodward would step down as chairman and director of Stafford Rangers.
With this in mind, I too have had to make a very tough decision and as of the end of the season I will relinquish my role as match day co-ordinator and commercial manager.
As many of you will know I live out of the area, and that, in addition to running my own business, makes committing time to SRFC a difficult one.
Unfortunately I have already missed a number of away games this season due to other work commitments, and although I have made all of the home games it has put huge pressure on me personally, in addition to my other work.
I believe in order for the club to continually move forward it is the ideal time for some new blood to be introduced at the club to look after commercial matters, hospitality and match day co-ordination, perhaps someone from Stafford.
I will naturally be renewing my season ticket and will attend home matches when I can with my father.
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me personally in the last three years at the club. I am proud of the systems, the professionalism, the relationships and the turnover that I have managed to achieve during my time at the club. I wish everyone at the club all the best, and will continue to support the Boro' through thick and thin.
If there are people out there who could take on some of the roles then please do let me know. It will be a sad day for me on Easter Monday (my last day) but I know that my decision is right for me and for the future of Stafford Rangers.
See you all at Marston Road on Saturday for our clash against King's Lynn Town.