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Kelly Derham's programme notes from Saturday's match with Oldham

11 February 2019

Good afternoon and welcome to today’s game with Oldham Athletic. I’d like to extend my welcome to the players, staff, supporters and directors of Oldham and wish them a safe journey home after the match.

We are back at home after three weeks and since we have last played here, the lads have put in two really good performances against Swindon and Bury. Our away form has not been the best this season so to pick up four points on the road in the last two weeks has been incredibly important to us and the team’s morale. Thank you to all the supporters who travelled to the games. The 145 fans at Swindon, and the 96 who battled the conditions to get to Bury were a huge credit to the club.

At our last home fixture we re-opened Devils Delights in the south-east corner of the ground and this has had generally good reviews from supporters. We have since stocked it further with scarves, hats and other souvenirs from our standard club shop range. You can also order larger items of clothing that can be collected after the game. We are still in the process of renovating the Devil’s Den and we will be improving our branding and signage around the Family Area. If you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to email to let us know your thoughts.

A reminder that our second fans forum of the season has been arranged for this coming Monday, 11th February at 7pm in the Mayo Wynne Baxter Suite here at the stadium. It will be your opportunity to voice your questions to Selim, Gaby and Nathan.

We are already looking at things ahead of next season. Between myself and the rest of the board, we are keen to get preparation done early. We will of course update supporters in regards to season ticket prices as early as possible and communicate these details via all the official channels.

Finally, last Sunday, me and Gaby were delighted to attend Crawley Wasps’ Women’s FA Cup match against Arsenal. It was such a huge day for Wasps and we originally offered for them to play that match here at The People’s Pension Stadium, but we totally understand why they’d want to retain their home advantage at Oakwood. Gaby is keen on branching out into the local community more and he was very keen to support the local girls in their cup exploits. He was also keen to wish the ladies good luck, and we’d like to thank their manager Paul Walker for allowing Gaby in the dressing room before the game. The reaction from supporters and players at the game was positive and Gaby has also offered Wasps to be guests at a home fixture before the end of the season. We hope that this is the start of a strong relationship between the club and Wasps.

Enjoy the game, and come on you Reds!


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