An update from Kidderminster Harriers CEO Neil Male
By Matty Paddock - 30/09/2020
Posted 4 months ago
Harriers CEO Neil Male has released the following statement, with the club mindful and conscious that its loyal supporters are keen for an update in advance of the new season.
“First and foremost, Richard, myself and Monica as a Board of Directors would like to thank our fanbase for its terrific support during what is the most difficult period in our entire history. We have exceeded last season’s Season Ticket sales which, in the current climate, is nothing short of incredible. Those sales have undoubtedly enabled the club to keep on building and making progress during the summer months. Now, the challenges are equally as tough moving forward.
“We’ve all now had chance to digest the news that, sadly, our own fans are not able to attend Saturday’s FA Cup tie or, as it stands, any of our league fixtures for the immediate future. I know how hard that is for a supporter to hear. I won’t – and nor will our club – be drawn into any politics surrounding the matter. There is no point debating decisions or rulings that we can’t control. Instead, we feel sympathy for our fans. Your support at Aggborough and on those long journeys on cold Tuesday night is what drives the team forward, and we as a club know that for our fans it is a way of life.
“I want to emphasise to our fans that the safety and welfare of our supporters and those associated with the club is the single most important thing in all of this. That is why Richard, myself and our staff have ensured we are fully compliant with all the National League’s requests and demands in respect of protocols and regulations. We want you back at Aggborough as soon as possible, and will do whatever it takes to ensure that we are ready for whenever you return.
“For the next few months we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that our fans can remain connected with us, with their club and with their team. We are this week releasing a match programme to build up towards the new season, and will continue to produce match programmes digitally going forward. I’m also pleased to confirm that we and are at an advanced stage in putting in place a provision to enable supporters to stream home matches during 2020/21.
“I would urge as many of our fans as possible to support those initiatives where they can, as the revenue generated is invaluable.
“Our playing squad and management are going about their business with the utmost professionalism and are preparing for the season ahead. That’s the right way to operate, and we still want to ensure we are competitive in every area.
“At the time of writing, there is very little concrete information we can give in respect of the start of the League season. I’ve made it clear in our submissions to the National League that a package of financial support from either the Government or the game’s governing bodies and/or elite is paramount to our survival, and as a club we would urge those responsible to make decisions quickly and decisive.
“As a CEO, a family man and a football fan, I know the priority for every one of us must be our health and that of those around us. I can assure our fans that everyone associated with Kidderminster Harriers is working tirelessly to ensure that it not only survives this period, but succeeds in spite of it.”