Hasting United - Sussex Senior Cup
If anyone would like to travel down to the game please let me know as soon as possible so that we can organise either a minibus or possibly a midi coach. Cost will be £15.00 and departing from the Stadium at 5.00pm.
I have just been informed by Bruce Talbot that the Sussex Senior Cup match against Hastings United will be played next Monday 18th December with a 7.45pm kick off.
It’s been a great first half of the season for us on the coaches, despite the inconsistent start we have had a great response from supporters travelling that we have money in the bank, this will go towards subsidising the loss-making coaches this week to Crewe and next week to Accrington, unless we have a late surge in bookings – the Christmas period is always a bad time to travel and to give two long consecutive away fixtures is annoying to say the least. We could have increased the prices but we think that £20 for away travel is more than enough for any supporter to pay.
We still have plenty of seats available on the coach for Crewe Alexandra on Saturday departing the stadium at 8.00am. Cost is £20.00. We have decided to take the smaller 34-seater to Crewe which fortunately was still available, we used this coach to Plymouth last season. It has the normal facilities available.
We do have two home matches coming up, on Boxing Day against Colchester and on 30th December against Stevenage – both with 3.00pm kick offs – with the improved form of late let’s hope we get a couple of decent attendances, and see some of the lapsed supporters coming back on a regular basis.
On the 1st January, the transfer window opens, and all supporters will be looking at this with interest – top of the shopping list for us is a couple of strikers – we have a decent defence and midfield who can complete with any team in the league 2 – but we have lacked goals all season and that’s where Harry Kewell needs to be concentrating on – but I think he and the directors probably know that – it’s going to be a difficult as all clubs will be searching for that consistent 15/20 goal a season frontman.
In January and February, we have 6 away matches, 3 are evening games, the only Saturday games are Chesterfield (3rd Feb) and Forest Green Rovers (24th Feb) – so some late nights coming up – see details below. We do have 4 home matches in the two months as well.
AWAY TRAVEL TO ACCRINGTON STANLEY & YEOVIL
The coach to Accrington on the 23rd December departs at 7.00am (due to expected Xmas travel) and we have booked buffet at the ost will be £20.00 for everyone.
Some supporters have asked if we can organise the Fish & Chips at the Fox & Hounds for them, we have had it confirmed that they will do it but it will need to be ordered and paid for prior to arriving so that they know numbers – if you want the F & C let me know and we will confirm the cost and book it for you.
Next Year - 2018
On New Year’s Day we go west for our trip to Yeovil – we depart the Stadium at 9.00am and have booked a buffet at the Hunter Lodge at Wincanton – it’s usually a hot buffet with a choice of either Curry or Lasagne – we aim to be at the pub for midday and depart about 1.45 for the 20-minute drive to Yeovil. Cost for this trip is £20 for all.
We have a couple of re-arranged games in January –
Newport County has been brought forward to Friday 19th January 2018 with an evening 7.45pm kick off – Cost for this game is £20.00 for all and we depart the stadi um at 2.00pm – Friday travelling is always bad – if all goes well on the way down we may stop at the Majors Retreat – but we won’t organise a buffet just in case we can’t stop. The game was brought forward because Newport Gwent Dragons have a European Rugby match on the Saturday and asked the Football Club who share the stadium to change the date of the game. With us having a game the following Tuesday it gives more time to recover.
Notts County is now on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 with a 7.45pm kick off– we depart the stadium at 2.30pm and cost will be £20.00 – we will decide later whether we will stop at the Cross Keys in Castle Donington on the way up – again it depends on traffic.
We are taking bookings for these matches –
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO CARLISLE UNITED – 17th MARCH 2108
We are now also taking reservations for the overnight trip to Carlisle Unitedon the 17th March, cost for this game is £70.00 which includes coach travel, B & B at the Clifton Hotel in Morecambe and a buffet at the Cross Keys Inn, Tebay on the way up. It will be an early start 5.30am on the Saturday morning.
We are postponing our Christmas Party at the Black Swan Pease Pottage after the Barnet game due to low numbers – but we are still going to meet there after the game for those who want to come – totally informal – if you only want to come for a drink that’s fine, for those who want to eat, you can choose from the normal evening menu and pay for your meal. If you want to join us let me know and we will reserve the table/tables for those eating. Those who have already paid deposits we will refund your money.
Finally, the good news for me is that I am now off work until 2nd January from this evening – if you want to book on coaches, please book as normal either on my Phone or my E mail address (you will get an out of office reply) but I do have access to them, will check and will respond where required.
Have a good Christmas and New Year
OUR CONTACT DETAILS
Alain – Alain.Harper@isgplc.com or 07771-792346