Thursday, 24 April 2014

One More Game

Welcome to Thames Road for what is Concord Rangers final game of our inaugural Skrill Conference South season. I don’t think anyone could have expected this season to play out as it has, we all had dreams sure, but breaking as many barriers as we have as a club has surprised plenty of teams, experts & fans alike.

From earning the teams first victory in this league away at Dover back in August, securing our 50 point target away to Farnborough back in March through to confirming a top 10 finish with a victory away (find a theme here?) to Basingstoke this past week, it’s been one hell of a season! I could sit here and write about how well Danny & Glenn managed the side, how well each of the players performed, how loudly the fans cheered at some of our most exciting moments, but that would be singling out one aspect of many. It’s been a club effort to reach this level of success, dedication, blood, sweat & tears at every level has contributed to the Beach Boys having a spectacular first season in the Skrill South.

From my perspective the team has over performed, broke records and made history at every turn as the season wore on. Being a part of that as a fan, and a part of the Concord family has been an experience I will never forget, and one I hope you, my fellow fan, have enjoyed as much as I have!

There is still more to come though, after todays game against Bath City we travel to Dagenham & Redbridge to face Skrill Premier side Braintree in the Essex Senior Cup final. Given our recent history in finals it will certainly be an event to be part of! The game is due to kick off at 19:45 on Tuesday 29th April, and it would be fantastic to see as many fellow Concord fans there as possible to cheer the lads on and hopefully end this historic season on a high. A quick warning though, get there early if using the train, tube strikes are due to take place and will undoubtedly cause grief to those using public transport!

I’ve been writing these articles for some time now, and whether you read them in the programme or on the website, I hope they provide you with some enjoyment and a decent take on how I see things being a part of this special little non league club. Let’s cheer on the lads today and on Tuesday, and I hope to see you all here again next season.

You Are My Concord

Alan Jessup-Peacock

Concord Supporters Association Chairman

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Race To 50? No Problem!

Concord Rangers in the Skrill Conference South, a sentence that still didn’t quite sound right when promotion was won last summer, but what is even more astounding is the fact we’ll be saying that for at least another season yet. Ok so maybe Concord Rangers are still not quite mathematically safe, but sitting in 8th (as I type) on 54 points I believe it’s safe to say we’re staying up.

At the start of the season I remember Danny Cowley saying he just wanted us to be competitive in the league, not be the whipping boys that everyone else expected us to be. He also set a target of 50 points which would probably be enough to ensure safety in this league, and with 32 games gone an away win at Farnborough got the lads to that magical number.

So what now? Our main objective for the season has been achieved, there is no longer any pressure on the lads to survive, and there’s a cup final to look to at the end of the season. But what of the remaining league games (8 as I type)? Now is a chance to play with a little more freedom, look at our position in the league and try to achieve something extra special, the playoffs. Now when promotion to this league was achieved last summer, would anyone have suggested we’d be chasing a playoff spot with 8 games to go? No chance, even knowing this team as I do there were no expectations in that respect!

The opportunity is within the teams grasp, no question about that, and with the way they keep surprising opponents with these results it is very possible. Whether we get there or not though I will be able to say I have been a part of one of the most enthralling and exciting seasons in Concord Rangers history.

You Are My Concord

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