DAVENTRY TOWN: Chairman Humphrey admits there is still work to do

Daventry Town chairman Iain Humphrey
Daventry Town chairman Iain Humphrey

Daventry Town chairman Iain Humphrey has admitted that his seven-year plan to revitalise the Communications Park club has only been partly successful.

Humphrey dreamed of taking the Town all the way from the UCL Division One to the Conference League. So far, two promotions have left the Purple Army only halfway towards their ultimate goal.

Speaking before Saturday’s excellent 2-0 win at promotion-seeking Hanwell, the chairman said: “We need to change tack! Hopefully I will be able to spend more time on football matters next season.”

It takes money to gain promotion at any level and, in Daventry’s case, that all centres around the well-being of the £800,000 clubhouse at Browns Road.

The state-of-the-art building has yet to show an annual profit and that needs to change if Allan Smart’s men are to make a serious championship challenge next season.

A ‘self-help’ scheme is at the heart of the new thinking. Club supporters are to man the bar on weekdays with a professional bar manager employed at weekends.

The chairman and his wider family will take their turn behind the bar once a week as will the loyal Foster clan who already oversee the successful regular darts tournaments.

Darran Foster and his older brother Nigel remain close to the club despite having stood down as football manager and club secretary respectively. So too does their father, John Foster.

Foster senior though will surely lose all his his remaining hair if the club goes ahead with plans to add Under-21, Under-18, reserve and ladies teams for the 2015-16 campaign.

So poor is the drainage system that the Browns Road pitch currently struggles to take one match a week in midwinter.

On the clubhouse front, the popular Sunday carvery and Saturday breakfasts also need to be restored.

With AFC Rushden and Diamonds lurking in the wings, a weekly players’ budget close to £2,000 would probably be needed to launch a Southern League title assault next season.

That looks a tall order indeed, and in the meantime the Purple Army must build upon last weekend’s eyecatching win at Hanwell where new recruit Aaron King scored the second goal after being booked inside 20 seconds of the game starting.

The Division One Central relegation spots look reserved for AFC Hayes and North Greenford United who provide this Saturday’s opposition at Chestnut Avenue.

Daventry have not won back-to-back league fixtures since August but are Greenford’s ‘bogye’ team after managing nine wins and a draw in previous clashes between the two step four clubs

It all started with a 1-0 win for the Town in the FA Vase in 2009. Since then NGU have managed only a single 1-1 stalemate in nine subsequent games.