Patience is key says Ashington chairman

Ashington FC chairman Brian Shotton sent a message to the club’s supporters at the weekend stressing the word ‘patience’ as being key.

Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 6:12 pm
Updated Monday, 18th November 2019, 3:51 pm
Ashington Chairman Brian Shotton.
Ashington Chairman Brian Shotton.

Mr Shotton, who has recently completed his first 12 months at the helm, was full of praise for the volunteers – including manager Ian Skinner and his backroom staff - who spend hours of unstinting work behind the scenes.

The chairman added that the Woodhorn Lane based outfit are still a ‘work in progress’; have a long term vision and that the future is bright.

The 35 year old Ashington-born chairman, said: “We have a long term goal and week by week, things continue to improve including the financial position of the club.

“Massive strides have been made over the past 13 months and not least because of the hard graft by volunteers who spend countless hours to make things happen. Our supporters have been great and I can honestly say that the future is bright – only it takes time and I ask them for their patience.

“Everyone is working hard and none more so than Ian Skinner and his backroom team who are working voluntarily. We have got a good committed group of players here highlighted by the fact that the captain Curtis Coppen recently signed a contract with us and the key word is patience.

“We shouldn’t get too high when we win – and on the other hand we shouldn’t get too down when we lose.”

Mr Shotton – who has a lifelong passion for the club which began from him supporting them from an early age – has also been delighted with progress made apart from the first team: “We now have the juniors under the main umbrella of the club and the reserve side are performing well in their first season in the Northern Alliance League,” he added.

“This shows that we are not focussing solely on the senior outfit but working on a project to improve the club overall – and on top of that we have secured some good sponsorship deals with local companies.”

*Ashington’s scheduled away clash against Sunderland RCA was called off last weekend due to a waterlogged surface.

*On Saturday, Ashington are at home to Consett (kick-off at 3pm).