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Author: Michael Brierley - Sat 22 Apr 17

Back The ’Bridge is an attempt to provide both a link between the fans and the Club and to act as a thinktank producing new and fresh ideas, whilst also providing practical help where possible.

The group was set up last season, via monthly meetings attended by the board, as a means for us, all together, to attain these goals and to achieve success and sustainability both on and off the pitch.

Two key areas, interlinked with each other, have thus far been identified as being crucial in the pursuit of what we are trying to attain and been the focus of our discussions.

The ticketing and admissions policy is an area in which attendances can be increased, by making games more affordable for all and in a bid to encourage more people to buy season tickets. Incentives, such as attractive discounts, in order to achieve this, have to be promoted widely and early.

Anything that gets people to commit and come again is obviously beneficial and we will continue to offer as many solutions to this problem as possible.

A new Clubhouse has long been high on the list of fans agendas but even with best efforts, in trying to obtain funding grants and excellent work carried out refurbishing the current facility to provide a more welcoming environment, this can’t materialise overnight.

Talks about the future though mean any potential move to a new ground may create the success we all desire. We need to utilise any new structure, either here or elsewhere, on a regular basis to bring in much needed extra revenue and the group will continue to play a key role, in terms of feeding and receiving information, as regards the way forward.

The group have also been active behind the scenes on a practical level, helping carry out internal repairs, as well as contributing to matchday operations. Volunteers are always welcome.

The group continue to hold fundraising activities, with all monies raised put into a bank account used to finance projects that benefits both the Club and you, its fans. Over the summer, a new tannoy system will be installed, thanks to these efforts, together with very generous donations.

To achieve the success and sustainability we all desire can only be enhanced by our collective input and the group continues to be a constructive outlet for this objective but there is still much to do, with next season a fresh start.

Grateful thanks go to all those involved for their time, efforts and invaluable contribution and to the board for taking on ideas and backing what is trying to be achieved.

It is a key objective of the group that all fans should be made to feel part of the Club as a whole, both involved and informed and with an opportunity to voice their thoughts on the way forward. Communication, via the matchday programme and website, is vital to the efforts of the group both in terms of getting ideas and reporting back on progress made.

To get involved or to offer help then please contact or see Keith Smart (Chair) or Mike Brierley (Communications) at any game. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at 19.30 in the Executive Lounge and all are welcome to attend.

Back The Bridge. Together, we are Stalybridge Celtic FC.

Back The ‘Bridge is a way for us to contribute to the life of Stalybridge Celtic FC, existing to produce results that benefit both the fans and the Club.

Back The ‘Bridge is a means of us all, fans and board together, achieving success and sustainability, both on and off the pitch, for Stalybridge Celtic FC, your Club.

Together, Back The ‘Bridge will do all it can to the benefit of Stalybridge Celtic FC and its fans, our Club.

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