Friday May 28, 2010
Richard Tait has informed the club that he will be staying for the forthcoming season and is already training on his own in an attempt to be ready for the pre season training which starts on the 5th July. One familiar face who will not be at Whittington when the team reconvene will be Club Captain Chris Smith who has accepted an offer from Mansfield Town.
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We wish Chris all the best with The Stags (except for two games against The Lambs), he was a good Captain and a pleasure to work with. The Captains armband seems to be a poison chalice in reverse as the previous Captain (Martin Foster) moved on for an improved deal so the lads might be fighting to claim it this term.
The Early Bird Season Ticket offer has exceeded all expectations as sales have broken recent seasons totals and there is still a few more hours left for supporters to take advantage of the offer. Details and a form can be downloaded from the ticket pull down page on the website.
Tickets can still be purchased on Saturday morning between 10-00am until 12.00pm and on Tuesday 1st June from 10-00am until 4-00pm. After then the season ticket prices will revert to the normal prices. Don't forget they can be ordered over the phone if unable to get down during opening times.
The prices for the pre season games against Aberdeen, Chesterfield and Llanelli have been set as per the band C League games. The prices therefore are
18-64 years old
65 and over, 16-18 years old *
8-15 years old *
Up to 8 years old *
* proof of age will be required
Alex Rodman made his second appearance of the week for England C when he came on as a late substitute in the European Qualifying game in Waterford Ireland last Wednesday evening. Alex popped into the office on Friday and told me that he had a great time and enjoyed the experience especially as the call came out of the blue earlier in the week.
The Academy in association with South Staffs College has attracted a number of high quality applicants. The trial days have been well attended and the last trial on Saturday 29th has attracted 40 trialists who will be fighting for the remaining 8 places.
There will be two academy teams next season with one team playing there games at the Lamb on a Wednesday afternoon in the Football Conference Youth Alliance with the other team playing in the British Students League.
A total of 46 players will be in the squad all vying for a place in one of the teams. A new pitch will be marked out at the college with the same dimensions as the Lamb.