2014 has been a very trying and testing year for everybody connected with Guildford City Football Club. At the beginning of the year Kevin Rayner had only just returned to the club after a short period away but ultimately he was unable to save us from relegation from the Southern League. Whilst immensely proud as a club to be playing in such a prestigious league, it is fair to say that last seasons “South and West experience” put enormous strain on the club’s resources.
This season our current league position leaves a lot to be desired, and just a few weeks ago the club said goodbye to Kevin Rayner. Kevin had been an integral part of Guildford City for much of the past five years and he had overseen some memorable achievements. The Committee felt though that the time was ripe for a change of management direction that would include the acquisition of a higher percentage of locally based players. To that end Donovan Chislett, a former professional and Guildford Saints coach, and Phil Bowers, the current City Youth team manager, and both very successful and highly regarded youth coaches in their own right, have been given the task of taking the club into the future. Crucially this change is not a short term fix and although our aim is to avoid relegation this season we want above all to get our structure for the future right. Furthermore we want the club to be an important part of the local community and having local coaches and a core of local players is central to that aim. There is now a new and exciting atmosphere at the club. Local youth is being given its chance and those supporters who were at Bedfont recently cannot fail to have been excited for the future. Of course these are early days and we will certainly have ups and downs. City fans have been through some tough times over the last year or so and now we have much to look forward to as we move ahead.
On Saturday 27 December Guildford City travel to our old rivals Windsor (kick-off at 3pm). Windsor FC
are a very well supported club and they have chosen this holiday fixture as one of their charity days. Therefore it will be free entry at the turnstiles and a very large crowd is expected. It would be tremendous to get a large Guildford support to Stag Meadow to support our young side in what will certainly be a tough encounter.
Finally the Guildford City Football Club Committee, coaching and playing staff would like to wish all of our supporters, sponsors and friends a very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year!