• Debt-free Farnborough FC planning for future and 'the next level'

    09/02/2020 | Blog | admin
  • Upbeat Spencer Day reckons Farnborough possess the youngest and most exciting team in Southern League Premier South and are ready to “go to the next level” as the club pursues a two-year plan.The Boro manager was commenting after watching his talented young team beat Walton Casuals 2-1 on Saturday in a match which should have seen a far wider margin of victory given the number of chances the hosts missed, including Reggie Young’s penalty early in the second half with the score at 2-1.

    Now Day, together with owner and local businessman Rob Prince, as well as chairman Simon Gardener, are plotting a positive future for Farnborough which they believe can include a return to the National League South in the medium term.Dorking Wanderers chief insists ‘we’re underdogs now’ as injuries knock Stockport preparations

    Woking keeper Craig Ross says squad changes are ‘gaffer’s prerogative’ Boro have returned to stability after a troubled past and Day reflected: “We are not going to apologise for the fact we’ve got no debt, we pay all the bills, we pay the rent. That’s never really happened before and it’s not easy to come back from what the club’s been through the last two times when it’s gone bust for so many millions of pounds.

    “I think the club is nearly ready to go up with the amazing work that’s gone on behind the scenes in the last five years. It just needs something to start bringing in more income. But the goodwill in the community has gone up ten-fold because it was just wrecked. The hardcore of fans have stayed and we are stable.

    “And we’ve come so far with such a young group of players. We have to beg, borrow and steal to get them in because we don’t have the income of other clubs, but that’s where we are. We’ve got players who play for absolutely nothing, not a penny in expenses.

    “What you really need is to put players on contracts and we’ve only got two, because we can’t afford it.

    Farnborough – now 11th, eight points off the play-offs and well clear of danger at the other end of the table – have pace and purpose on the pitch which has attracted admirers, and Day added: “It’s an opportunity now. I don’t think I’ve seen a team as exciting as we try to be. They are a really good bunch and they train really hard.”We have had some great performances and only one that was bad, at home to Tiverton, but sometimes that happens with kids.

    “Against Walton, apart from Sean Francis, our oldest player was 24 and we had a ton of 18 and 19-year-olds on the pitch.”We are up against some big clubs and I think what’s different this year is we play a really exciting brand of football.Woking keeper Craig Ross says squad changes are ‘gaffer’s prerogative’

    “We are already keeping an eye on them [players] and thinking, ‘wouldn’t it be great if we could keep this for a couple of years’. There are always other clubs trying to sniff around but what we do have here are amazing facilities and players want to come here, that’s a big plus.

    “And there are things that are happening over the next year or two that will hopefully take the club, as a community club, to the next stage.”Gardener added: “We manage the club in a sustainable way to secure the long-term future, which we have done. All the bills get paid. Anyone who does work at the club gets paid and the players are paid on time. We are self-funding and we make sure we stick to within the budget.

    “Rob Prince has put so much work in behind the scenes. He doubles as our commercial manager. We are attracting sponsors and building bridges with the community. Spencer does a great deal too to help out. We are trying to put in place plans that we hope can, in time, take us back to National League South.”

    Special Thanks to Get Surrey for their Article https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/debt-free-farnborough-fc-planning-17570334