One of the inescapable realities at just about every club that plays in lower level non-league football is that most of the work will be done by the least number of people and, almost inevitably, done for love not lucre.
Here at Biggleswade United we are no different.
Last weekend we lost against Tring (0-1) a match that would have seen us extend to our unbeaten run to 10 games.
Victory would have been particularly sweet, not least because it came after a great day at the club when we welcomed representatives from 3 Monkeys, the PR company that represent Nordeus our main sponsors and with all our shirt sponsors in place, finally had the official team photographs taken.
But fear not, we will return to winning ways, not least because we have a plan, a focus and a great team, and, by ‘team’, I don’t just mean the players and coaching staff at Biggleswade United.
At any club the games that are played are just a small part of the enormous amount of work, much of it mundane, tedious and often totally unheralded, that goes into the day to day running of clubs like ours.
Matches wouldn’t even take place if it wasn’t for our secretary Tracey James along with fixtures secretary Heather Rennie who between them, and on a weekly basis, cut the grass, mark the pitch, run the bar, wash the kit, prepare the end of match food, run the food kiosk, make the match announcements, run all the club administration and paperwork, and still somehow manage to remain cheerful and smiling throughout. My admiration knows no bounds.
Without them we would be dust.
David Careless is another seemingly permanent fixture at the club, doing whatever is asked of him, cleaning up an often horribly muddy dressing room, working as pot man in the bar, helping out with the pitch or retrieving the ball when our normally pinpoint strikers contrive to send their efforts flying almost into the next county; a cheerful embodiment of everything that makes football at this level so very special.
Our pro-active business team meets on a regular basis and is constantly looking at new, sometimes fanciful, other times brilliant, ways of raising revenues and community involvement.
This week I met the agent of some of our players, and I have started assisting with the training sessions of our under 14 girls side, although this week I missed it because I was interviewing Kun Aguero.
I am also in daily contact, wherever I happen to be in the world, with Peter Lockyer our media director whose main brief is to keep our club in the news and in the hearts and minds of the people both locally and further afield.
Our coach Cristian Colás(pictured left) was recently the special guest at a referees’ meeting and is also in regular contact with the Bedfordshire FA about how we can all work together, in addition to all the work he does on the training pitch.
It’s predominantly about perspiration, not inspiration and it’s simple, which is a million miles away from saying it’s easy.
Fundamentally what we all realise at this club is that if we want the support of the community that we belong to, then we must also be proud to be part of that community and be prepared to put as much into it as we would like to get from it.
There are also meetings with the coaching staff, board meetings to discuss everything from the ambitious (a 3G pitch) to the mundane (repairs to the toilets). Next Wednesday January 27 we will also be meeting with the Biggleswade Youth side to see what common ground we have, and how we can work together.
And, every now and then we have a game of football to enjoy.
Article: Guillem Balague
Images: Biggleswade United FC