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Re: Not happy

By SteveHFC18/3 09:24Mon Mar 18 09:24:26 2019In response to Re: Not happy

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This is going to be my last HFC related posting on the messageboard & social media for the foreseeable future. Not going into the reasons why, and when you see me at games, please don't ask. Also, please remember that I don't know what's going on behind the scenes anymore. Some people have been rather stunned when I've said "I have no idea" when being asked questions about things that are happening. Just to be absolutely clear - I am pretty much completely out of the loop now, and I intend to keep it that way.

Having been involved behind the scenes for the past 20+ years, I feel I can comment on frustrations regarding communication from the club, and they are frustrations that I do share, but understand why things aren't perhaps as we'd like them to be.

As I am sure Simon will testify, one of my frustrations whilst being the one doing the day to day updates on the website was getting information from the trust and club boards, and I often had to push for information when questions were being asked. As Simon as intimated, its the nature of the people who are leading the club. With the exception of Daz (our secretary), everyone on the trust board and club board works on a voluntary basis in their spare time around their jobs and as a result communication doesn't perhaps work as we would like it to. It's also worth remembering that we are a non-league club, playing at level 7 of the national game - not a Premier League club featured on Sky Sports 24 hours a day!

My other frustration, which remains, is that there are people who, for whatever reason, seem to have something against the website, and won't send things to the website team. I gave up chasing people as it was a complete waste of my time. I just wish people at the club would realise that we do have supporters who don't use twitter or facebook, so rely on the website for information. But again, that is down to the fact that the people doing things around the club are volunteers - not employees. The guys at SJP were always very good at copying me into things that were going on, its a shame others around the club seemed to have some kind of vendetta against the website (or so it seemed to me).

One of the reasons I have taken a step back is because I felt I wasn't able to put in the time required to do what I had been doing due to positive changes in my personal life. I regret that I hadn't been able to build up a working relationship with Jimmy which has meant that Phil & John haven't got a relationship to build on and I apologise for that.

I think, to be very honest, we were very lucky with Gary that he was so open, and that he and I got on so well, not just in relation to football, but outside of football as well. As I said when Gary left to take over at Hampton, he wasn't just the manager of the club I supported, he's a very good friend who has been very supportive when I've had things going on away from football.

As for what's happening on the pitch - I too came away from Staines rather disappointed and frustrated that we'd not kicked on and improved our goal difference further, and conceded two soft (in my opinion) goals. Do I think we'll stay up - yes I do, but I can see it going to the last game of the season.

Jimmy, Boycee & co have my full support. We went through tough times with Gary and stuck by him, and I'm pretty certain we'll do the same with Jimmy.

As I said at the start, this is my last posting on here or on social media that is Hendon related for the time being. I will still be at most games just as I have been for most of the last 25 years, but just to enjoy the football and enjoy not having to worry about anything else.

The website is in very safe hands with Phil & John and I know that as soon as information reaches them, they'll get it on the website at their earliest opportunity.

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