We all know what a fantastic season it has been for TNS, and like so many others I’ve also contributed my thoughts to that, including the content of last Monday’s column.
This week, I want to continue the theme but from a personal perspective. I started the 2014 / 2015 campaign sitting in the stand behind the goal as a fan. Kicking off with a 2-0 win against Bangor City, I was looking forward to the games that lay ahead. Little did I know just what the future had in store.
That future began at the next home game. With Rhyl being the visitors to Park Hall, my favourite fixture of the Welsh Premier season was already inked in my diary. Prior to the game I had noticed that The New Saints’ Twitter account was asking for a fan to sit in on a radio show that was being launched. I saw the tweet and thought to myself, that will be a great opportunity for someone, but I never considered it personally. Although I had been visiting Park Hall for a while, the only person I’d had contact with was SarahJane Roberts, and that was just via Twitter.
It was Sez who said to me, as she knew it was a game that interested me, that I should get involved. Fast forward a few days and I made my way to Park Hall some time before kick off to meet Gilbert Woolley for the very first time, along with Ben Bate who was still with TNS back then. I thoroughly enjoyed the game and afterwards Gil asked if I would come back and I guess I’ve been doing that ever since. Local sports journalist, Rob Doman, was in on a couple of early shows but his external commitments meant it was never going to be a permanent thing.
However, the signing of Jonny Drury and the final piece of the jigsaw, Sam ‘Tech’ Thomas, meant the ‘dream team’ was soon in place. It has been great to have been in on TNS Radio from the beginning. The show has evolved and has definitely moved forward and developed its own unique identity.
We’re all looking forward to next season and taking it to the next level. We value the support of the club, especially Mike Harris and Ian Williams, who have both been 100% behind us.
The comments we receive on a regular basis from far and wide are truly appreciated.
Thanks! The Rev.