Stratford Town FC is currently playing in the Southern League Premier Division Central and is looking to improve on a poor 2021-2022 season. Finishing 13th out of 21 clubs is not good enough in the eyes of the fans. There will need to be some restructuring of the current squad if Stratford Town FC wants to close the gap and challenge for honors next season.
There is a strong belief that this can be achieved by the current joint first team manager’s Dean Holdsworth and Gavin Hurren.
There is positive news coming out of the club and signs that there will be an improvement in results next year. After all, a football game is similar to roulette; you can never be too sure until the ball stops.
The Players Committing to The Club For Next Season
The number of players willing to try and help the club achieve more next season is highly positive. The players confirmed to stay next season include defender Jack Turner, the Welsh man who will play again next season after making an outstanding contribution in last season’s campaign.
Another player who has chosen to stay loyal to the club is midfielder Dan Lafferty. Dan played in 29 of the 2021-2022 season and scored two goals.
Another player that is staying is Club Captain Will Grocott. After playing over 200 games for the club and scoring some crucial goals, Will had no desire to play anywhere other than at Stratford Town FC next season.
The New Signings so Far
James O’Neil and the directors of the club have confirmed O’Neil has signed for Stratford Town FC from Stafford Rangers. The talented central defender recently said, “ Looking at the players staying from last season and the quality of new signings, I think it’s going to be a very positive season, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be looking at the play-offs at least.”
Another player signing for Stratford Town FC is Jamie Molyneux, who helped Stratford FC win the Midland Premier league at the age of 17. Lucas Powell, the former Birmingham City youth player, is plying his trade next season in Stratford. Powell has worked with Gavin Hurran, the current co-manager of Stretford FC at Gresley Rovers.
The Decision to Have Two Managers
It is pretty rare to have two managers working side by side in football. Usually, there is a manager and their assistant manager.
This coming season will see Dean Holdsworth and Gavin Hurran take charge of what the club directors believe can be a great partnership. Both are veterans of football, and they still have a passion for the game, something that is very evident when you watch them on the sidelines during a game.
With the old players that have committed themselves for the 2022-2023 season and the new signings of which there will be more, there is no reason why the season shouldn’t be the best for many years.
One thing for sure is that the loyal fans will not be disappointed and have something to sing about from the terraces.