ONE GIANT STEP FOR SLOUGH TOWN
Printed in the Southern League Midlands Division match v Barton Rovers
on Saturday 22nd August 2009. We won 5-1 in front of 226.
One councilor stood up and pronounced ‘Now I don’t like football’. Oh
here we go again, thought the supporters in the gallery, but she
continued ‘but I think this is a fabulous idea.’ Infact councilors
from every party were in agreement and wondered why this hadn’t
happened a long time ago.
So six years after being booted out of Wexham Park, years of
campaigning and dashed hopes, and plenty of work behind the scenes,
Slough Town football club were given outline planning permission to
start to re-develop the old Arbour Vale School site on the Stoke Road.
Slough Town could once again be playing in Slough.
It’s certainly been a different closed season to be the one we have
got used to where chaos and panic seem to engulf the football club. I
don’t want to pick out one person for this transformation as it’s a
team effort. We know the supporters and officials who behind the
scenes and on the match days put in the work that make this club tick.
The Supporters Trust, the people working on the website and those
working on sponsorship and the youth team - even the programme editor
does a pretty good job for such a miserable git!
But there’s no doubt that having Steve Easterbrook as our chairman has
transformed this club from basket case to one where Slough Borough
Council have taken the club seriously again. Now, in an ideal world I
would like all clubs to be supporter run. They are community assets
not play-things for some crazy egotist. You only have to look at
Grays, Cambridge and Forest Green whose Chairman’s antics have led to
teams being managerless before the season even started to see how too
much power to one man can ruin a football club.
But Steve is about as unassuming a chairman as you can get, but
everyone I have spoken to who has seen him in action at meetings says
how professional he is.
As for the new community football stadium, there will also be 81
residential dwellings (the majority of which will be affordable) and a
‘state of the art’ artificial pitch. All the external football pitches
will be made available for use by the nearby St Josephs School.
Steve said “As well as providing a new home for the club the facility
will deliver community activities which will enhance public health,
promote community engagement and provide great opportunities for young
Of course there’s still a long way to go. It is a decision in
principle only, and now more detailed proposals need to be hammered
out. Contracts will need to be signed, planning permission obtained
etc, and decision about the West Wing arts centre sorted out. BUT at
least we now have everyone onboard, have agreed it is feasible and
desirable and have decided it should progress.
If everything runs to plan, then Slough Town could be running out on a
pitch in Slough sometime early in 2012. And that will be one serious
giant footballing step forward for the club.