FAIRFORD Town Chairman Stuart Pike believes the club is in ‘a very positive place’ after the Reds’ Premier Division status was confirmed.
The Reds will be plying their trade in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division for 2018/19 after the league constitution was revealed on Friday lunchtime.
“It’s the best news we could have hoped for. Dropping down a division would have been financially unsound, but we are in a really positive place at the moment,” said Pike, speaking from SPIKES Diner at Cinder Lane.
“If you look at the Premier Division there isn’t too much change. Bishops Cleeve and Virginia Water have come in and of course there will be the local derby with Shrivenham and other local games to look forward to.”
Pike is fully behind manager Jody Bevan, who earned many plaudits from in and outside of the club for his efforts during his debut season in charge.
“Jody now has a clear run to continue planning for the new season and we know that it will be in the Premier Division.
“I know he is already speaking to players and we want to assemble a more experienced squad complemented by some exciting young players and the door is open for members of the successful Fairford Town U18s side for pre-season.
“We’re not going to have all the kerfuffle of last season with so much player movement.
“Players are treated well at Fairford both on and off the field. We try and do things the right way in terms of playing, training facilities, post-match food etc. and that word travels fast.
“Our attendances were up 84% last season which I think was the biggest increase of anyone in the league. We have a few more volunteers on board and we are now really looking forward to the new season.”
Pike also confirmed that Faringdon Vets will be playing at Cinder Lane for 2018/19 after being impressed with the facilities at Fairford in a few end of season encounters.
“Faringdon Vets have also confirmed that they will be using Cinder Lane as their home ground for next season and we are looking forward to welcoming them on board.
“Swindon Town Ladies returned last season and we had really good feedback from them too. Things are very positive and teams love coming to Fairford, whether as players or supporters.”