Uhlsport Hellenic League
Published 27th March 2012
....West title for the first time in their history.
They have now been given the green light by trustees to improve the facilities at the Hardwicke Playing Fields to meet ground grading criteria for the Hellenic Premier Division, which includes new floodlights, and are hoping to raise enough funds to get the work done by July.
League chiefs will rubberstamp their promotion in June if the club is seen to be progressing towards the correct grading, with a new covering area for spectators and increased seating also required. The Football Stadium Improvement Fund will give the club 50 per cent of the funds they need, but the club has to match it first and club chairman Ted Travell admitted they still have “a long way to go.”
Tytherington have never played at Step 5 before having risen up through the Bristol Suburban League and Gloucestershire County League to Hellenic League Division One West, and are celebrating their best ever season after a 2-0 win at Carterton last Saturday meant they can’t be caught.
Travell, who has been chairman for eleven years, said: “It’s the best we’ve ever achieved.
“We’ve been runners-up before and won local cups, but to win a championship at this level is beyond belief.
“We’ve done it in style with four games to go and with any luck we might win the league by fifteen points.
“We’ve scored ninety-one goals and we’re aiming for 100 goals so it’s been a very good season.”
Travell also paid tribute to 30-year-old manager Gary Powell, who has transformed the fortunes of the side since taking charge last summer.
“We gave a young manager a job, he’s never had a position before but he’s proved himself,” said Travell.
“With assistant-manager Jason Wood, along with the squad of players he has brought together, it’s been a real team effort and they’ve done a lot of work.”
Powell added: “I have been privileged to manage this club. They have helped me to get the players I wanted last summer, and those players should get the plaudits after this great season.”