Spartan South Midlands League
Published 7th May 2012
On the pitch Cranfield earned a top eight finish in the league, scored over 150 goals in all competitions and reached a cup final - the first in nineteen years for the club.
Boss Lee Bearman said: “It`s been a fantastic season for the club. When I joined we had finished nineteenth, lost our under-18 team and our reserves, who had won the league! The club wanted a team of more local lads to play in the reserves so joined a league five divisions below us and replaced the under-18s with a ladies team, so to say it`s been hard is a understatement!
“My short-term aim was for Cranfield to be able to compete in the division, not just be a nice place to come. I heard so many people say `nice pitch, big dressing rooms, lovely clubhouse`, but no mention of the team! Well Ithink we have gone some way this season in sorting that. We have even applied to enter the FA Cup for only the second time in the club`s history, achieving all this with no playing budget and eight lads of under-19.
“The feeling around the club has been good. Off the pitch we have put eighty seats in the stand, more pitchside sponsor boards and are very close to completing the funding for the start of a new enclosed pitchside barrier fencing.
“Although I have no playing budget, the club are committed to continue to upgrade our facilities which makes up for it.
“I have also tried to get a closer relationship with our youth, Cranfield Colts. There are some very good people involved with them and we need to build a structure so that the young players come through to the reserves and first-team and not go elswhere.
“When I took over I gave myself three years to help make a difference. Halfway through I`m on track.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone at the club for their continued support and hard work and look forward to seeing half the village at the cup final!”