Gainsborough Trinity director John Myskiw says the club’s team of volunteers and manager Steve Housham have done a ‘tremendous’ job this season in achieving their two main aims.
The Blues wanted to secure a place in the Conference North for the 2014/15 season, and stay out of debt.
And Myskiw paid tribute to everyone on the Northolme, just days after a 6-0 win over Oxford City made relegation an impossibility.
“The main focus was to stay debt free and stay in the division and we’ve managed to do both,” he said.
“I know I’m blowing our own trumpet a little, but we’ve done a tremendous job.”
Securing Conference North safety brought a measure of relief to the club, but Myskiw insists that Housham’s efforts were worthy of a much loftier position in the table.
“There’s some relief that we’re safe and have a few games to relax and play good football, and Steve can start looking at next season and how to improve the side, who to keep.”
“I can’t say enough for him, he’s had a lot to deal with this year, we’ve had a lot of injuries and a lot of young lads coming in on loan.”
“He’s done a magnificent job – Saturday it was one of the first times he had five senior members on the bench and if he’d had that more often we’d be much higher up the table.”
The first season of life without former backer Peter Swann has certainly opened Myskiw and his fellow directors’ eyes to the practicalities of running a club, and they’re still working hard to balance the books.
“We’ve got more time and more experience now, and we’ve learned a few lessons this year – people have to remember we’re all volunteers effectively.”
“We’re still fundraising, we’ve got a few tickets left for our speakers evening on 25th April, the Hoot Comedy Club on 1st May and our presentation and race night on 10th May.”