Garstang building firm foundations for future

Ian Blezard
Ian Blezard

DESPITE their precarious position in the West Lancs Premier League, Garstang Football Club remain totally focused on development of the club.

Already approved developments include erecting a perimeter fence and turnstiles to enclose the Riverside pitch, to meet strict ground grading criteria to allow Garstang to progress to the next level of the football pyramid.

But before they can start work on that scheme, they must address the issue of the existing changing rooms.

“Earlier in the season, we were hit with an ultimatum to upgrade the dressing rooms before the start of season 2012-13,’’ explained a club spokesman.

“We know what we have to do, the plans have been drawn up, and we are on course to meet the criteria which have been set.

“Unfortunately, we are playing catch-up, as well as planning for the future. If things go according to plan, we hope to be in a position to start work on the ground by the end of the season.”

Another of the club’s recent off-field developments has been the establishment of a club websit,e that has become the envy of many much bigger clubs.

Website manager and founder of the site Ian Blezard has decided to step down at the end of the season, and the club are looking for someone to carry on the good work. Ian has done a fantastic job setting up and maintaining the website to the highest of standards’’ said commercial manager Les Taylor.

“Our website has lifted the profile of the club immeasurably, and is highly regarded outside the club.

“Ian, who lives in Fleetwood, feels that the time is right for someone who lives in Garstang to take over the day-to-day running of the website. “Although he will be a hard act to follow, it is a great opportunity for someone to become involved at an important time in the club’s history.

“I would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be interested in taking up this offer.’’

Ian Blezard said: “I am convinced that the site needs a webmaster who is a member of the Garstang community, which unfortunately I am not, and someone who is accessible around the town most days of the week.

“A website, like any other ‘newspaper’, is pointless without interesting content, so thank you to all my contributors along the way. I am very proud of what we have achieved – and I’ll see you down at the Riverside.’’

Les Taylor added: “The growth, expectations and ambitions of the club have created new problems.

“The bar has been set a lot higher, not only is a new webmaster required, but a photographer to support the items that go on the website.

“We need more match day support, perhaps a match day committee to help to prepare the ground at all home games.

“There is a famous cliché that says ‘You only get out of it what you put into it’. Well I can vouch for that, so, if you would really like to become involved, please ring me.’’

He added that the club would like to thank everyone who has continued to support the Score Lottery, which is helping improve facilities for young players of the future.

n Les Taylor can be contacted on 07967 337416.

n Garstang’s first team were without a fixture on Saturday, and the Reserves’ Houston Cup second round tie against Charnock Richard was postponed due to a frozen Riverside pitch. The first team are back in action this weekend, away at high-flying Eagley.