Still no announcement on who will take charge of Town first team

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THE annual meeting of Sleaford Town Football Club was held at the Eslaforde Park Social Club on Monday evening of this week, with a good number in attendance.

However, those expecting some dramatic announcements such as a new chairman or new first-team manager, would have been disappointed. It was a case of business as usual, with the main item on the agenda concentrating on the election of the new committee for 2012/13.

With Mick Dwane having resigned as chairman last November and no successor yet appointed, club president Dave Kelby officiated. He began by thanking retiring senior manager Brian Rowland for his tremendous service to the club, adding: “It has been a difficult season for Brian, in that he was forced to struggle along with little or no recourses.

“Reserve team manager Kai Brownhill began to see improved performances from this side despite finishing bottom of the Lincolnshire League.”

Mr Kelby made mention of the awaiting announcement regarding the new first-team manager.

He said: “We have been determined to go through the correct procedures and I firmly believe that it would be wrong to mention anyone who has applied for the position. It is committee business and not about speculation. We will make our decision at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Retiring manager Brian Rowland was elected to take on the post of president.

Officers elected for 2012/13 were: President - Brian Rowland; Chairman - Ian Clawson; Vice Chairman - Steve Thomas; Secretary - Jamie Shaw; Treasurer - Dave Kelby; General Manager - Zoe Blake; Match Day Secretary - Mick Sentence; general committee - Lee Blake; Mick Pilkington, Ken Quibell and Lloyd Harmston

n On Saturday evening Sleaford Town FC held their annual presentations at Eslaforde Park Social Club.

It was a clean sweep for first team defender Joe Braithwaite, who took the Players’ Player Award, Manager’s Award and Supporters’ Player Award.

For the reserve squad, the Players’ Player and Manager’s Player awards went to Gavin Phillips, while Charlie Rossington was presented with the Young Player of the Year Award.

Bouquets were presented to bar manager Sue Hamblin and to Jenny O’Rourke for their splendid help throughout the season.

Committee man and programme compiler Steve Thomas gave a brief speech in which he spoke of the incredible service given to the club by retiring manager Brian Rowland.

He said that the club was in the process of trying to arrange a testimonial match during the off-season, something rather special in appreciation of Brian’s 33 years as manager of the senior side.

Brian received a very long, sustained round of applause from the gathered throng, before he himself presented his wife Liz with a bouquet in recognition of her loyal and unstinting support over the years.

n For more pictures from the presentation evening see next week’s Standard.