As we look forward to the 2023/24 season, we are looking to make changes that will move the club on and see it compete at the next level. The return of Northern Premier League football to Ashington for the first time in more than half a century has been the culmination of a lot of hard work on and off the field over the past few years. Victory in the interstep playoff at Glossop at the end of April saw the Colliers move up a division.
Next season will bring new and unique challenges for the famous old club. Ashington will face journeys to Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire bringing additional travel and personnel costs, whilst ground improvements will also be required to meet the criteria set by the Football Association. We are confident that with the right support we will be able to make a success of these challenges.
As well as travelling, the Colliers will also welcome teams from across the North to our town throughout the season and we believe many will make a weekend of it, travelling to the most Northernly team in the pyramid and enjoying the wider region. We are determined to showcase our local area and to represent it with pride on our travels.
Last season the local community really came out to back the Colliers and next year we will need it more than ever. The Colliers saw average gates during 2022/23 well above 500, with more than 900 watching a top of the table clash with Newton Aycliffe and 1,424 seeing Ashington put Stocksbridge Park Steels to the sword in an FA cup replay.
To make a success of the new league we really need the support of the community, of local businesses and individuals.
In the coming days we will be announcing ways that our supporters can play even more of a role in making next year a success, we’re already in the process of speaking to local businesses about how they can support us and today we are looking to expand our team off the field.
We are looking for individuals with a passion for our community and with expertise in business, finance, fundraising and development to come in and join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of something challenging but rewarding. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in please contact email@example.com to arrange an informal conversation.