The new Stocksbridge Park Steels chairman Graham Furness has issued a rallying cry to the local area for the coming season.
Graham has stepped up to take the role after previous chairman Allen Bethel’s reign came to an end in the summer.
He has high hopes for the club and has been busy behind the scenes, helping the club to prepare for the new season.
“I’ve got big shoes to fill,” Graham says, speaking in the club dressing room. “Allen put the club where it is today and I’ve got a good foundation to start from.
“We have to raise more income for the first team so that we can compete with the other teams in this division. The manager, Chris Hilton, has done a good job in his four years with the club, getting the team in and around the play-offs spots.
“We are grateful not only to our main sponsors – Dransfield Properties, Gen Fab and Look Local – but all of the people and companies that contribute. We also have a very good partnership with Sheffield United.
“But as a club we have been guilty of not promoting the good work that we do – we provide football for 350 juniors and take Christmas hampers out to the elderly. But I want us to become even more active in the community.”
A number of tasks await the High Green man but the biggest challenge the club faces, he admits, is boosting flagging attendances at The Look Local Stadium.
“It’s a big challenge to increase the attendances. We have excellent facilities here at Bracken Moor with the best stadium and pitch in non-league South Yorkshire football.
“For £7 or £5 for concessions, you can enjoy a good standard of football with covered seating, a bar and club. With professional football getting more and more expensive to attend, non-league provides an excellent alternative.
“It would be good if not just the community of Stocksbridge but also surrounding areas such as High Green and Chapeltown could support us too. It’s only 10 or 15 minutes in the car.
“Come and give it a try – we look forward to welcoming you to the stadium where you also get fantastic views of the local area!”