The ghost of Lewes FC part 1
I understand why some people at the club maybe wish I was dead and a ghost. I am not and for now will be imaginary one.
So I am going to build on my Dickensian Christmas Carol theme.
I am a the ghost. I am going on a tour of various places to show the new and old Board members how I think we can improve. Learning from the past, other people, previous mistakes etc, the present and the future. Most of the themes in the past are of course linked to the future etc etc
In my last blog I took the Board down to the Lewes FC Quiz. I wanted to show them we already have a magnificent community event. A proper community club grows on the back of engaging the community. Not on ‘game changers’ ‘smart ideas’ etc. It is a task of gradually growing a proper community. We need to build our community club in the customary way, not with the underwhelming mooted ‘smart ideas.’
Today I am taking the Board to the away day Bank Holiday fixture at Hastings. A nice day. Slightly worse for wear, as Chris FM took us the long route as we as our intake of lager fermented inside and we cooked. But in the magnificent Pilot Field the atmosphere was lovely. Many groups of families, lots of children, lots of women, a real diversity of ages and people. I then take the Board to the Philcox stand Lewes FC 20/10/17. A historical day as we bagged 8 goals. But the make up of the crowd couldn’t be more different. We noted in the stand a predominant aged 30-50 male audience. Of about 250 fans there were no more than a dozen women and I cannot recollect and children.
The diversity of supporter couldn’t be more different.
The Hastings audience as I remarked to Chris was EXACTLY what the crowds were like under Martin Elliott. A community club in feel.
Currently the fan make up at Lewes FC couldn’t be further removed from the diverse make up under the stewardship of Martin Elliott.
The Board need to recognize this awful drift to an almost elitist make up.
The Board need to recognize also you will pick up more volunteers from a Hastings support base than a Lewes supporters base.
This is how community clubs are formed properly. I depart and leave the board to muse