REV'S RAMBLINGS – VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

TNS may be on the ball as far as on-pitch activity is concerned, but the club is pretty sharp off it as well. I was at a marketing strategy meeting in the week, where a wide range of topics were covered. From an online club shop, which is in the immediate pipeline, through to increased media presence, lots of discussion and contribution took place.

On the ball off the pitch as well as on it
On the ball off the pitch as well as on it

Immediately afterwards, I made a flying TNS Town Tour visit into Oswestry to promote the Bangor City game. Then it was back to Park Hall where I had a number of things to do, including interviewing Steve Benyon. You can listen to Steve, as he discusses the TNS Academy, as part of the latest TNS Radio Football, episode 54.

I also had a piece to write – and despatch – for the Shropshire Star. I’ve been doing this since the start of the season and it’s been appearing in the newspaper ahead of the weekend fixture. It’s part of a Shrewsbury town – Telford United – TNS coverage.

In the Star
In the Star

It is externally edited, with lots of changes, both subtractions and additions. For example I didn’t say Alex Darlington is a forward. It just goes to show really, just because something appears under a person’s name it doesn’t mean they actually wrote the words. Unless it’s Rev’s Ramblings, as this is all my own self-edited work. Not that anything is an issue by the way, it isn’t. Just pointing out that although Darlo scores a few goals, I do know he’s also one of our star midfielders.

I’m always keen to engage with opportunities that promote not only The New Saints, but also Welsh football as a whole. I think the more you see the big picture, the more relevant and effective you become doing what you do, where you are. Talking of the game in Wales, as I was at Park Hall until early evening, instead of driving home and battling the traffic I decided to head into Flintshire instead.

Food at The Venue
Food at The Venue

With Holywell Town at home in the Nathaniel MG Cup – the new sponsors for the Welsh League Cup – I made my debut visit to Halkyn Road. First though, I had a veggie burger and chips at The Venue. If you’re not familiar with the TNS set-up, it’s far more than just a football club. Food, bowling alley, soft play, gym, there really is something for all the family.

I’ve stated it many times before, and will do so again in the future, that one of the best things about being involved with Welsh football is the friendships with people in the wider football family. Therefore, it was a very pleasant surprise when I had a Twitter reply from the Holywell Town account hoping I would enjoy the game. I spent the second half with Holywell secretary, Steve Roberts. Again, all part of the wider Welsh football family experience.

https://twitter.com/holywelltownfc/status/773551139300212742

Then, of course, it was the big one on Sunday, and on the pitch all went to plan with a 4-0 victory over Bangor City. It also went very well off it. It was great to have Tom Matthews with us on TNS Radio for the whole show. We also streamed it through Facebook Live. In addition, we used Periscope in conjunction with the post-match interviews for the first time.

Tom Matthews was brilliant on TNS Radio
Tom Matthews was brilliant on TNS Radio

We had a number of guests on TNS Radio, including Chairman Mike Harris, Adrian Cieslewicz and WPL secretary, Gwyn Derfel. If ever you are at a game, then feel free to pay us a visit. We have an open mic policy and all are welcome. In fact, the guests are the icing on the cake, along with the interaction we get from around the world, via social media.

Always great to have WPL secretary, Gwyn Dwefel, on air
Always great to have WPL secretary, Gwyn Derfel, on air

If you are planning on visiting Park Hall at any time, feel free to contact me so we can meet up on the day. Especially if you have children, we can introduce them to players for autographs and photos. That’s exactly what happened post-match Bangor City, as Cameron had his programme signed by the players. When you watch the squad engaging with fans, there is total sincerity.

Cameron getting his programme signed
Cameron getting his programme signed

I won’t mention the name, other than to say it’s a top club that plays in the English system, but I took my youngest daughter to the training ground when she was younger. I witnessed players going the long way round, just because they couldn’t be bothered with fans and wanted to avoid them. It’s totally refreshing to see the opposite at Park Hall.

Lots of variety in this week’s Rev’s Ramblings, and as they rightly say, variety is the spice of life. Contact me via email: stewart.bloor@tnsfc.co.uk