Newmains making progress off the pitch as attention turns to next season

By Dylan Inglis

Newmains United haven’t played on the pitch for three months.

But chairman Ken Davies insists that’s not stopped them making progress off it.

The hard working team have used the lockdown to make enormous strides at improving their historic home at Victoria Park.

Their clubhouse has been revamped to include a brand-new manager’s office, refereeing facilities and upgraded toilets.

Newmains chairman Ken Davies

It’s been a hands-on approach from Davies, who has been carrying out a lot of the work in his own time.

He said: “Obviously the pandemic is of major concern to us all, that’s priority number one for everyone.

“But it has given us an opportunity to do other things. We’ve done a lot of renovations.

“The manager’s office has been finished this week and the clubhouse in general has seen some huge improvements.

“We are all trying to advance the club from base-level up and not just on the pitch.”

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Davies has vast experience in off-the-park organisation after long-periods working with Motherwell and Gretna.

The West of Scotland League campaign has been declared null and void for this season, but preparations are well underway for next term and the hope of welcoming back fans into Victoria Park.

Davies added: “We’d all love to have spectators back in.

“They’re the heart of the club and they’re the people that keep clubs going.

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“It’s not just the income you get, it’s the atmosphere and it’s great when you see people in the clubhouse at half and full-time.

“We can’t wait to have fans back but it has to be in a controlled manner and that’s the hard part.”

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