I’m sure by now most of you will have heard either by Social Media, word of mouth or just idle gossip that Rainworth MWFC are resigning from the NCEL and have requested to be placed preferably in the East Midlands Counties League (Step 6) or if that was not possible the Central Midlands League (Step 7).
As with all announcements the truth usually gets distorted just like in that old chestnut, “Send three and fourpence, we’re going to a dance” was derived from the original request “Send reinforcements, we’re going to advance”. With this in mind I feel it is only right that you hear the facts straight from the horses mouth.
Rainworth MWFC over the last eight years have been on a journey, five years in the Evo-Stik Division One South and at the end of this season we will have completed three years in the NCEL Premier Division. In all that time we have never been relegated, a record we are proud of although we’ve had a couple of close calls, leaving the Evo-Stik by choice having been asked to stay. I have always said that our family orientated club is sometimes too popular for its own good.
The decision the committee and myself have taken is one with a heavy heart but is one which we feel is the correct one for the future of this club. We are but its custodians and history will be the judge if our decision was the correct one. The clubs ethos is “to live within our means planning for the future”, we feel that our decision encompasses both ideals.
Can I begin by saying that this decision in no way reflects on our current management team, excellently led by Craig and Rob and supported by a great bunch of players. They have exceeded our expectations this season, working within tight financial restraints and their camaraderie is there for all to see. Any future employers can be assured that I and the committee would gladly recommend them all, there are no problems with the playing side, it's all down to the restructuring of the club.
We humans are a strange breed, when we are in our teens, twenty seems old, but as we travel through life we continue to move that barrier , so that when you reach seventy that figure becomes eighty . Alas age is finite, as we as a committee have found out, losing a number of wonderful members in the last couple of years to old father time. With most of our committee in their late sixties and early seventies and some even into their eighties we know we have to attract young blood to carry the club forward.
As well as stepping down, we propose to bring Rainworth Rangers under our wing, rebranding them as Rainworth MW thus becoming a Community Club. This move will hopefully over time provide a progression for the youngsters from junior to senior football under one banner and by us stepping down it should provide a more realistic final step. It is also hoped that as a result it will build up our fanbase and top-up our committee, as their greatest fans are their parents. The effects may not be felt initially but both parties feel that the move is in both our interests.
The step down will also benefit the club financially, something we have had to address having lost a number of income sources over the past couple of years. It is a fact that the higher up the Football Pyramid you are the greater the cost and strain on your fanbase. There is an impact on admission charges, travelling and with it your crowds are not supplemented with a large away support as they are in more localised leagues.
So in a nutshell Rainworth MWFC are not insolvent but realigning themselves to best address the changing circumstances. In 2022 we will hopefully be celebrating our hundredth anniversary, the action we have taken will enable us to reach that milestone and well beyond.
Finally can I take this opportunity to thank everyone who have sent the club their best wishes for the future, it is very much appreciated.
Updated 14:05 - 25 Apr 2018 by Gordon Foster