FOOTBALL: My hopes for the Tulips

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My hopes and aspirations in local sport: promotion and a new stadium?

Looking at the United Counties League Premier Division, we have most of our local clubs well up there in the mix for going on to a higher standard of football in 2013-14 season.

As we get well into the 2012-13 season I have to give credit where it is due to the current Spalding United manager Pat Rayment, who joined the club last January.

No doubt someone will correct me if I am wrong, but including the days of the Unibond League and the Evo-stik league, this must be one of the best positions Spalding United have been in since the days of Dick Creasy when he was successful in taking the Tulips from step five to step four football after winning the UCL title in 2003/04.

Although the attendances could be better at Spalding United, the supporters have got something to cheer about, second in the league and a manager that is well worthy of

manager of the month award, or in the Tulips’ case, best manager in his class that the club have had for many years.

Even if Holbeach do win the league Spalding might find themselves competing back into Step Four in the near future as it all depends on the clubs that have applied for step four status.

I do believe the management team at Spalding are getting the right balance o take the club forward to a higher level of football. Also I am positive we will be thanking Pat and his team for assisting the club in achieving their ambition.

Whatever my hopes and aspirations are, let’s wait and see what the rest of this season brings, but whatever the result, exciting times are back at Winfrey Avenue.

Also with our FA Vase hopes still alive, we could be heading for a warm reception at Wembley in the FA Vase Final as I think our current squad has the ability to get there.

Rodney Sadd

Backroom team

Spalding United FC