Frickley Athletic: Blues chairman Dando hoping cup win is the start of something special

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Frickley Athletic chairman Gareth Dando hopes this season’s Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup triumph is the start of something special at Westfield Lane.

The Blues ended a nine-year wait for silverware when they beat Sheffield FC 4-3 at Hillsborough to lift the trophy earlier this month.

It brought an end to a pleasing campaign for Dando, who is looking to build on the strides forward next season and beyond.

“We’re all pleased with the job Karl [Rose] and his team have done since they took over,” he said.

“When Karl walked into the club we had one player on the books but since then he’s moulded a side that play exciting positive football and who most importantly give 100 per cent every time they step on the pitch. He’s ambitious, as are the club, and I know he’ll be aiming to improve the side for next season.

“We’ve progressed this season and the aim is to continue that progress on and off the pitch in a way that is sustainable. We’ve got some great sponsors on board to whom we offer our sincere thanks for their support.

“We’re also building the foundations of the club by having an under 9s and under 11s side next year as well as continuing the successful under 19s side which has contributed four players to the first team this season.”

The South Elmsall club is continuing its progress off the pitch, too, with almost half of the £50,000 needed to build a new changing room and community facility at Westfield Lane having been raised.

And Dando has paid tribute to the Blues’ army of fans and volunteers for their support on, and off, the pitch this season.

“The Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup win was a great reward for all those who give up countless hours of their free time to help out at the club,” he commented.

“It’s nights like that which make all the hard work worthwhile. I’d also like to thank the fans for their support throughout the season and especially on Thursday night. They were fantastic and gave the lads a real lift when they needed it and I know the players appreciated the support they received.

“The game was typical of our season in that it was end to end stuff but we kept going and showed some great spirit to win the Cup in stoppage time.”