Horsham ‘indebted’ to Colbran

Horsham boss Simon Colbran
Horsham boss Simon Colbran

Simon Colbran has received praise from the Horsham FC Board for sharing their vision.

Since the departure of long-term boss John Maggs at the end of the 2010-11 season the club have seen two managers come and go, but all the signs indicate they now feel they have the right man in charge.

Colbran has made a decent start to the season with two wins, two draws and a defeat from their opening five matches after relegation to the Ryman South last term.

But it is the way he has assembled a squad on a shoe string which has most impressed the club’s powers.

Chief executive John Lines said: “Simon has done an incredibly professional job under difficult circumstances in putting a squad together that we feel can compete and grow within this Division and as he has said on several occasions, it is not a sprint.

“This is a three year development plan to take us through and into to our new ground when we will have much more security and financial stability.

“Currently our sources of income are very limited but once we have the new ground completed, the whole community can benefit from the facilities we intend to provide and in turn this will strengthen the Club.

“We are indebted to Simon for embracing the vision we have for this Club; his Managerial and coaching ability, work ethic and drive are exactly what we need to see Horsham Football Club develop and thrive over the years to come.”

This Saturday Colbran’s Horsham travel to Kent to take on VCD Athletic in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and Mr Lines admitted the £3,000 prize money for winning the tie would be very welcome.

He said: “The FA Cup not only brings out the traditional fighting spirit of participating Clubs and the excitement that goes with it, but it also offers a reasonably good level of prize money for each winning round. “No matter what the financial circumstances of any Club, the payment received from winning is always very helpful.

“At Horsham, when we calculate the budget each season, we do not include any potential FA Cup or FA Trophy prize money as to do so would be rather foolish knowing the ups and downs of football.

“The financial position at Horsham Football Club, as everyone is aware, is that we have had to cut our cloth to suit our needs and once again this season we are aiming, as we did last season, to achieve a small surplus or at worse, break even.

“There are always a number of imponderables such as calculating the attendances that are never certainties, so any cash bonus picked up from an FA Cup run is very welcome and can help ease some of the pressure.

“We will collect £1750 for winning the preliminary round at Raynes Park, the game on Saturday at VCD is worth £3,000 and the following round £4,500 so those kind of figures are very helpful.

“Clubs at our level that reach the first round proper can earn almost £30,000.”

Then on Tuesday Horsham are away at former manager Justin Luchford’s Whistable Town in the league. Luchford endured a torrid time at Gorings Mead and so far this season he hasn’t fared much better - his side currently prop up the table with no points from three matches, so he will be desperate to pick up his first points against his former employers.