The local papers have had so many tributes and pictures, the funeral was an incredible tribute to the man with over 1000 people in attendance, the speeches from his Grandchildren, the message read out what his grand-daughter had said summed up exactly how much he was loved by his devoted family, the tribute from his very good friend and, of course, the service itself was a real send off for such a great man, and him leaving us in church to Frank Sinatra's MY WAY was a real sad moment.
I would like to thank everyone on behalf of Gorleston FC for the many tributes that so many people have sent to the club.
Our thoughts at this time are always with Jane, Albert, Elizabeth and the whole family. They had a great Husband, Dad and Grandad and he will always be with us.
I would also like to thank Martyn Sinclair and Jon White for getting the club the JJ black armbands for all the players, a fantastic gesture, thank you both.
RIP JIMMY JONES.
Onto football matters and last night at Walsham le Willows our Reserves wrapped up the league with a hard fought 2.1 win, they have already won the Chell Trophy and now have a league final vs Braintree Reserves on Friday May 4th.
It's the hardest job in the club,but what a job, Lee Henwood started with Mr Reliable Kevin Webb and after Lee's premature departure, Kevin Gook came on board, and between the 3 of them our reserves have been superb.
Led on the field by captain Elliott Hannant they have achieved the maximum success, they deserve all the plaudits they receive, well done to all concerned, the big bonus for me is seeing the big man Kevin Webb reduced to tears twice in a month, his emotion and passion was there for all to see. Well Done to everyone concerned.
We finally reach the final week of our league season and we have achieved safety,which is what we wanted to do, consolidate, so with 9 points still to play for we can still finish mid table, some might say we have under achieved, that's a very fair and honest reflection, some home performances have been inept and woeful, but it's our 1st season back in the premier and if i'm being honest at times i have been out of my depth, but i'm learning, so is everyone in the squad, but over the last few weeks we have become much harder to beat and have picked up some good results, which i feels bodes well for next season.
Jack Garrod 18, Keegan Middleton 16, Jack Whatmough 18, Josh Armes 17, Kyle Ingram 17, Christy Finch 18, all have played their part in our recent revival, which must be a positive going forward.
And not making excuses, our injury list has been at 8 or 9 out over the last few weeks, which is difficult, but the players have stepped up to the mark and i believe we have had a good season, plenty to ponder, as i've said home form needs to improve next season, consistency has to be better, and as a management team we have to learn from our mistakes, but we all are ready for another challenge.
Not forgetting of course the lads can still finish on a high by winning the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road vs a very good side Thetford Town on Monday May 14th 7.30 ko.
Congratulations to David Batch and his Wroxham team for winning the league, a tremendous achievement, and here's wishing them all the best if they join the Ryman League.
Onto the U18's, sadly Chris Clements has decided to stand down as has Thomas Woodrow. I would like to put it on record our gratitude for the tremendous work these 2 have put into our u18's, with quite a few boys breaking into the 1st team and Reserves, job done for the both of them, and we wish them all the very best in whatever they do in the game in the future.
There will be an announcement soon on Adrian Harris. I can confirm he is staying with the club in a very responsible role at the club.
The u18's will be managed next season by Glyn Hopkins and Colin Bray, both have impressed myself and the Late Mr Jones with their attitude and passion for the club, both have worked very hard with their youth team which they have run since U 9's, they have been with the club for many years, have now got plenty of experience and i expect them to work very hard in taking the u18's forward after the brilliant work of the previous management team.
Thank you for all of your support this season. Myself, Stu Larter and Matty Potter are very grateful, we will release all the details of other movements within the management team once we have our next committee meeting over the next couple of weeks.
Before I go, once again, take a bow Kevin Gook and Kevin Webb and, of course, all of the players who have had a fantastic season with the Reserves.