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Update From The Chairman

I’d like to thank everyone who turned up Tuesday night. This season has been the hardest of my tenure as Chairman. Tough decisions have needed to be made, some unpopular, some necessary, a good number forced.

During my nearly 5 years as Chairman, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the club, whose job it is to ensure that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future.

Myself, Martin, Kirsty and Lucy have spent many a long night plotting, planning how we progress this club.

The ground improvements are a must. That’s the catalyst. However, if it ultimately proves fruitless, a task, an ambition too far, I actually fear for the future of this great community club.

I live in Colne, my children go to school in Colne. Personally it effects my weekend when we don’t get 3 points. The problem is I’m a fan. I like to win, I long to see a successful Colne F.C. side climb the leagues and hopefully that is as Chairman but if not, it will definitely be as a supporter.

Clubs can no longer survive on handouts. The last 18 months is a true testament to that.

The club needs its supporters more than ever now. Our volunteer base has dwindled and I thank the small, dedicated number we do have as without them, games, seasons, do not happen.

Outgoings have increased whilst income has decreased. Not a healthy recipe in any business. The pandemic has seen non-league finances pushed to the limit and I wonder how some clubs have survived. We have been very prudent on expenditure but have definitely felt the pinch. There is a fine line between chasing, craving success and long term financial harm.

My desire to succeed hasn’t changed and I have continued optimism and faith in the direction and path this football club is on.

I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart and if that means relinquishing this position then that decision will also be made.

Ryan Haigh



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