Ashton United have revealed a number of exciting plans as the club looks to improve on and off the pitch following relegation to the Evo-Stik Premier Division, the Tameside Reporter say.
At a fans’ meeting at Hurst Cross, the club confirmed that long-serving chairman Terry Hollis has stepped down and has been replaced by father and son, David and Jonathan Burke, who adopt the role in a joint capacity.
David is a local businessman with interests in property, construction and IT, whereas Jonathan, now London-based, works in theatre and television as a writer, actor and producer under the name Jonathan Sayer.
As part of their plans moving forward, David and Jonathan are hoping to install a 3g pitch at Hurst Cross – similar to the ones at Hyde United and Buxton – in the hope of making the Robins’ stadium the central hub for all things United.
The duo are also considering the possibility of developing new stands at the stadium, while the prospect of a women’s team and walking football team are also on the cards.
In a bid to engage with the local community and drive up attendances, Jonathan is looking to improve the club’s website by launching an online ticket system. It’s hoped that by purchasing tickets in advance, combined with discounted prices and special offers, the local community will rally round and pledge their support as the Robins go in search of promotion next season.
Following the announcement, long-serving official Steve Hobson said he’s excited for the future, but emphasised the importance of staying grounded and realistic.
“They’re looking to make progression, although they’ve not set a target in which we’ll be in the Football League by 2025,” he said.
“We’re just going to make progression on a solid foundation.
“Sustainability is critical. There’s no point in building your house on sand because it will collapse very quickly. You’ve only got to look around the non-league world to see examples of that. Teams are dropping right, left and centre.”