If you were in Oswestry last Wednesday, you are forgiven if you thought a boy band were in town. What, with Tom Matthews, Brian Jones and me out and about, it’s an easy mistake to make. However, we weren’t there to plug our latest release, but rather to promote TNS, as part of the ongoing Town Town project.
If you’re a regular reader of Rev’s Ramblings then you will know that I venture into Croesoswallt – the Welsh name for Oswestry – ahead of home games, armed with posters and a spirit of engagement. Shops and businesses display one and then we post the photographs on social media.
Both the club and the business get publicity, although let me stress that it isn’t based on a ‘we do this for you, if you do this for us’ basis. As well as promotion, it’s also about relationship-building and taking TNS into the community.
I enjoy my solo trips into the town, but it was great to take Tom along. It’s the first time we’ve had a player out and about with us, but certainly not the last, as I’ve got plans for the future. So squad, watch out.
If Tom was the icing on the cake, then Brian Jones was the eggs that bring it all together. You can view his contribution, courtesy of the accompanying photographs. TNS is very fortunate to have Brian, who is the official photographer.
You can certainly tell when it’s either Gil Woolley or me, for example, posting photographs on the TNS social media accounts, via our respective phone or iPad, compared to Brian’s extremely professional creations.
The Town Tour went very well and we caused a buzz in every single place that we visited. It’s not often a professional footballer turns up unannounced. Tom was really well received, and Brian captured the moments perfectly, as he signed shirts and posed for photographs.
Of course, if you listen to TNS Radio, then you’ll know Tom is also quite a regular on air with us at the moment. Since picking up an injury at Airbus UK Broughton on loan, he’s been joining Sam Thomas and me. It’s been going really well and we’ll be back on air this coming Saturday (October 15) from 4.45 pm, as Llandudno visit Park Hall.
Talking of Sam, if you tuned-in to Radio Cymru last Saturday morning then you will heard him, in Welsh, talking about TNS. What, with Tom and Sam, I’m looking over my media shoulder. If you know of any openings, let me know. I need a plan b I think.
Joking aside, next week’s Rev’s Ramblings will be a Forfar special. Following the trip to Scotland, there’s plenty of material – and photographs – for an article of its own. So, as they say, watch this space.