Two teams playing tonight and big decisions for GB to make about the squad soon. These decisions are tough but at least it is better than desperately searching for players at this stage. But as written before, the budget is set and through the supporters TaskForceTen we have been able to raise the budget for the season slightly. It all helps.
Off the field there are still lots of jobs to do, at the ground, with the press, with the League – simply picking up the matchballs for the season means Fingers needs to go down to Sutton.
Nick Dugard returns from his holiday this week despite demonstrating how expertly he manages the press even when he is away judging by the spread in the Non League paper yesterday.
Incidentally I have heard that Tim Edwards might be leaving the Harrow Observer soon. Tim has certainly made an impression in his time since taking over from John Comfort and it will be interesting to see how the Observer will staff the role in the future. We will also be losing Gordon Baxter, who has given us some great coverage on Hayes FM, really welcoming us into the local area. Building up these relationships takes time and effort so now we will have to do it all over again.
Talking of the press, I had a good conversation with Simon Fyles from HA1 last week and we are hoping to continue developing some stronger ties with them during the season, especially looking at how we can use their students to give them experience in certain areas where we can benefit from – especially filming!
On Saturday we play Slough Town in the annual Brian Collins memorial game. Because of holidays we are stretched off the field, particularly in terms of running any sort of a catering service. If anyone wants to help – even for 45 minutes – with teas and coffees they would be most welcome.