The self-appointed Larne Football Development Committee, in conjunction with the Red and White Supporters Club, came into its own on Saturday night, staging their end-of-season awards presentations at the Inver Park social club.
Guest of honour was former Larne favourite Jeff Hughes, now plying his trade with Notts County. “It was a great night, well organised and well executed,” said Larne boss Graham McConnell. “It was terrific to see so many people having good fun and showing their appreciation for the team after what had been a very testing season for all concerned.”
“Actually, I was thinking as the proceedings went on how reminiscent it was of the good old days at Larne Football Club when the awards presentation night was a very big occasion for everybody. It was great to see everybody staying in the club for the whole night - management, players, supporters and, most especially, the members of the Critchley family who attended for the second presentation of the Gary Critchley Memorial Shield.”
McConnell said he is already looking forward to, and planning for, next season. “Saturday brought the curtain down on the old season and I think we must all now look forward with renewed enthusiasm and extra vigour to planning for the next campaign.
“It’s very important that we all work together – the board, management, players, and supporters – to do everything in our power to ensure we don’t find ourselves in the same situation we were in a couple of weeks ago. We need people to come and support the club and the team. A lot of people in Larne want their local club to do well, but they don’t particularly want to come out and watch us week in and week out. So I am appealing to everyone out there in the community – individuals and businesses – to join the club. Instead of being interested and always happy to voice their opinions and criticism, I would respectfully urge them to become members.
“We know that things should be better at Larne and some have ideas how these improvements could happen.
“But the only way you can effect change is to take out membership, pay your fee and have your say.
“The more members we have, the more money will come in thus the greater budget there will be and consequently provide the opportunity to procure better quality players. Hopefully, with that will come greater success on the field of play,” added McConnell.