Question time with chairman Trevor Bull

We caught up with chairman Trevor Bull ahead of Saturday's big FA Cup home game against Witton Albion.
 
How are things looking after the extended break due to Covid-19?
 
The club is in a good place having come through the impact of Covid 19 and there’s already much to celebrate both on and off the pitch.
 
Have you been impressed with what you have seen so far?
 
We’re still less than three weeks into this much-anticipated season that marks the return of football after a long lay off and Jono’s first season in charge, what an eventful start we’ve had. Our first six matches resulted in three wins, two draws and this week's loss to South Shields, which was no disgrace. The performances have showed how the team that Jono has put together will fight for each other right to the end. 
 
Doesn't it seem that the fans are right behind Boro, especially after Monday's massive attendance against South Shields?
 
The Bank Holiday fixture attracted our highest crowd since we played Whitby in 2018 and whilst Monday's game didn’t end in the result we would have wanted, the size of the crowd showed that our town is ready to get behind its team again this season. Another positive factor was the much increased attendance of young people and children at the match with over 300 coming through the gates. These youngsters are the future of our club and we must all do our bit to bring them along and make sure they enjoy their visits to the Flamingo Land Stadium. I’m sure many of you like me will remember your first Boro matches as a youngster and how it sealed your affiliation for a lifetime. 
 
How much of a part will the fans and sponsors play this season?
 
Following a summer where we’ve rightly been focused on fundraising to put the pandemic behind us, I’m pleased to say that local businesses are again coming forward to support us with sponsorship. This includes many that are sponsoring us for the first time, so please allow me to ask you again to “support those who support us” and shop with them or use their services. 
We’ve also been bolstered by our “Boost the Boro” campaign which has raised over £11,000. This has been instrumental in helping Jono retain and recruit the players he wants and there is still money available for him to further strengthen his squad. 
 
Saturday is the perfect chance to back the Boro as well, isn't it?
 
Next up we have the FA Cup on Saturday with our home tie against Witton Albion (3pm KO). This is another opportunity to bring the youngsters along because, let’s face it, everyone loves these cup matches which bring that little bit of extra excitement. 
They can also bring a bit of extra cash as well. We don’t budget for a cup run, but for a club like ours it could dramatically change our fortunes, just look at Marine FC last season who ended up playing Tottenham Hotspur in a live TV match. We may not get that far, but at 3pm on Saturday the Flamingo Land Stadium will hopefully be full of people that share that dream. 

So please come down on Saturday and be part of our FA Cup journey and we’ll see where it takes us. 

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