Season 12 Preview - Season 2022/23
Another huge step in my quest to get Burnham into the Premier League, although this step might turn out to be one of the most difficult to negotiate. Financially we are leaching money away rapidly, and with the redevelopment of Burnham Stadium (making it all seater) this has only added to the debt. The silver lining is our temporary home at Elm Park, a 15000 all seater stadium that probably shouldn't exist (any Reading fans know - it must be a Tesco's by now after Reading moved to the Madjeski). Anyway, we might be able to pick up a few large gates to help us before we move back to our 5000 capacity home.
With the club having almost always been in the red, I have been unable to upgrade our training facilities, something that is very unlikely to happen until we start making money. Fairly basic and Minimal youth facilities just don't cut it at this level.
Only 4 players come in, I am generally happy with my squad, but a number of fringe and squad players leave. I am gambling in Central Defence, with only one quality back up player in Stewart, but the rest of the squad has some good depth to it, hopefully enough to see us avoid relegation and get a foothold in the Championship.
- Winger who can play on either wing. Youngster signed from Dundee Utd
- Argentinian striker with a good scoring record in Spain, albeit from the lower leagues. Exciting back up for Cramp and Baxter - at 27 one of the oldest in the squad!
Jan Krog - Danish youngster who looks like he will be a star. Will get game time off the bench
- Youngster signed on a free from Juventus where he hadn't managed to break into the first team. Signs that we have made huge progress as a club.
Steven Evans - Hadn't really performed. Moved on to free up the wage bill
Derek Kehoe - Had injury problems and never really established himself last season. Too many player in front of him now so it was time to move on at the end of his contract
Glyn Lang - Fringe player who was never really going to have a future at the club
Chris Duguid - Had big hopes for this player. Spent last season on loan at Dundee in the SPL and was poor so was shown the door.
Mark Adamson - Had talent but never performed in the side. With a class midfield he was awalys going to struggle to establish himself, so moved on.
Donald Park - Again never perfumed when given the chance and complained about not being picked. Sainte-Luce was first choice and performing well so there was no more room for Park who was picking up a big wage.
Stefan White - Striker and former Youth player released. Not good enough for the club
Ian Wilson - Home grown talent who had surpassed his level. Felt bad about letting him go but he hadn't really featured since promotion from the BSP. Spent a lot of time away on loan
Ashley Ahmed - In another game may have been a first choice midfielder. Was another product of the youth system, but seemed to upset a lot of people at the club. Signed for Bradford on a free.
Chairman Status: Enjoying life at the club
Estimated Value: £4.6M
Stadium: Burnham Stadium 5257 (Temporarily at Elm Park 15000 all seater due to redevelopment)
Training Facilities: Fairly Basic
Youth Facilities: Minimal
Junior Coaching: Exceptional
Youth Recruitment: Basic
Media Prediction: 24th
League - Avoid Relegation
FA Cup - 3rd round
Diddy cup - Couldn't care less
Carling Cup - 2nd Round
The have us dead last in 24th
League - Consolidation
FA Cup - 3rd round
Diddy - win with kids
Carling Cup - 3rd round
Somehow get my dreadful training facilities upgraded. With around £1M debt, this isn't going to happen any time soon.
Club Progress and Facilities