ASHINGTON CFC chairman Ian Lavery has acknowledged and applauded the progress which the Woodhorn Lane-based outfit have made since the new executive board took over the running of the club in August 2008.
But he has stressed the need for “extra assistance” as they look towards an even brighter future.
He said: “The first team have made tremendous strides to be a quality team in the STL Northern League.
“Certainly the quality on the pitch aided by a great management set up has led to a situation where players across the Northern League want to come to the club.
“We are seen as a team of the future and that sort of set up can only go from strength to strength.”
But with their growth come the need for more support off the pitch.
The chairman added: “We have made excellent progress at all levels over the past three years, something which the executive board and officials should be very proud of and hope will continue.
“However, with the success of the teams also comes the need for extra assistance and with this in mind, I will be calling a meeting of the supporters and interested parties to discuss the establishing of a community volunteer force for the football club and I would appeal for maximum attendance at that meeting.”
Meanwhile, Mr Lavery priased the progress of the club’s feeder and junior set-up.
He added: “Ashington Colliers have some good young players coming through and this is the integration we have been seeking for a long while.
“Credit to their managerial team and the excellent bunch of young lads can only bode well for future of the club.
“The under-19s have bridged the gap between junior and senior football whilst the junior section as a whole operated on a first class basis with a number of young teams winning their respective league and cup finals.
“Also not forgetting the Ashington Ladies who have done well under the stewardship of John Sparrow.
“The ladies have progressed well and their introduction has been a huge success.”