Melton Mowbray FC appeal for fresh blood in club’s bold new era

Melton Mowbray FC in their change strip, sponsored by Engineered Air Treatment Ltd EMN-150417-113750002
Melton Mowbray FC in their change strip, sponsored by Engineered Air Treatment Ltd EMN-150417-113750002

Melton Mowbray FC are looking for fresh blood to join the committee as they prepare to embark on a new chapter in the club’s history.

The club want to strengthen their committee and increase the number of volunteers to help out on match days.

Melton are expecting to move to their new temporary ground, next to Melton RFC’s Burton Road home, by the end of September.

They are then hoping to move to a new purpose-built stadium on the site as part of Melton Council’s ambitious sports village plan.

Joint manager Matt Curtis said: “It’s all go now as far as the council is concerned. We have had meetings with the rugby club, too, which have been very positive.

“We will either have to get a temporary ground until the end of September or play all of our games away from home at the start of the season.

“We now want to bring more people on to the committee to help run the club and help out on match days, as well as new sponsors and investment.”

The club were refused promotion to the East Midlands Counties League for the second year running on FA ground guidelines after finishing second in a hotly-contested Senior League Premier Division campaign.

Despite the setback, Curtis, together with fellow manager Cliff Thornton and chairman Sam Ellis have decided to stay put and hope for third time lucky in their bid to win the title and promotion.

Having feared a player exodus after their second refusal, Curtis is confident the core of the squad will remain and is looking to bolster that in the close season with new signings.

Melton will also re-introduce a reserve team next season after Melton Foxes successful under 17s side, managed by Jason Hall, joined the club.

Curtis said: “We have decided as a club to continue. A couple of players want to try and move up a level, but I’m still confident of keeping them on board.

“We didn’t win the league and we still want to achieve that goal, but I think Cliff, Sam and I need a little more support up there and we do need investment.

“We are moving back into town and the time is right to take the club to the next level.”