The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 15th July 2012
.....going through their most exciting period since their FA Vase run twelve years ago as the Bluebirds prepare for a fresh start.
Nathan Rudge has been installed as player-manager at Hardenhuish Park while newly-formed feeder club Chippenham Park is gearing up for their first campaign in the Wiltshire League.
Last month, the Hardenhuish Park outfit unveiled five new first-team players for the forthcoming season.
But Applegate revealed that there has been no increase in the playing budget handed to boss Rudge from the previous year. “Nathan and his assistant Richard Fey have managed to make some big signings and they’ve done that by convincing those players that Chippenham Town is going places and trying to get out of the Southern League,” said the Bluebirds chairman.
“The budget is the same as it was last year but that’s not to say that it might not increase as the season goes on – that all depends on how we do.
“This is the most exciting time we’ve had at the club since we went to Wembley in the FA Vase.
“We’ve got a young management team, who are really enthusiastic and have been bringing their wives and their friends to the clubhouse already.
“Then we’ve also got everything that’s been going on with the new Chippenham Park sides.
“We’ve finally got a link in place to bring the local youngsters all the way through to where we are now.”
Three directors were voted on to the Bluebirds’ board this week in the shape of Richard and Jackie Coleman and Andrea Grafton, who has moved up from the position of associate director.