Tomorrow’s opening day away fixture against Gresley FC represents a culmination of a long progression plan for Basford United, which ironically has been based on the progression of the Derbyshire-based outfit.
Back in the days when Basford played county level football in the Nottingham Senior League, it was an East Midlands Counties League game in 2009 between Dunkirk & Gresley that started the dream of Chairman Chris Munroe, to take a club significantly up the football pyramid. The rest for Basford United has been a history mirroring Gresley’s path of progression.
Having finished second in the East Midlands League in 2009, Gresley then achieved back to back promotions through the East Midlands Counties and Midland Football Leagues, taking a place in the NPL in season 2012-13. Basford’s path was harder and has been based on three championships at Central Midlands South in 2011-12, East Midlands Counties Football 2012-13 and the Midlands Football League 2014-15, to take a place in this seasons Evo –Stik NPL South Division.
Commenting on this upwards curve Munroe said;
“The progression has been nothing short of staggering and on top of this with the club achieving Nottinghamshire Senior Cup success last season, in lifting the trophy after an almost thirty year wait. My heartfelt congratulations go to all our management and management teams who have succeeded in this process over the years”.
The biggest recent challenge for the club has been making the necessary ground improvements to match the on-field successes but now the club feel they have the basis of a stadia ranking right up there in the county and one of the best football educational academies in the East Midlands.
Speaking about his aspirations for the coming campaign, Munroe went on to add;
“We are where we wanted to be when I set out in this role, in the excellent Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, so I’m looking forward to a season of good football without the type of pressure so prevalent in previous campaigns. My one wish is for more local folk to appreciate what a brilliant offering we have on their doorstep - good football at affordable prices. Whist attendances at Greenwich Avenue doubled last season, still more is desired in this area.”
Getting out of Steps 7,6 & 5 is an almost impossible task given the one promotion place on offer at each of these levels and the United chairman insists this has to change, adding;
“There are too many good clubs at Step 5 who each year put out quality teams but find the upward path restricted, I’m glad we have got out of that dog fight now and can enjoy our football.”
You can get your first home glimpse of Basford United and Greenwich Avenue in an Evo-Stik fixture on Tuesday 18th August versus Lincoln United (kick-off 7.45pm).