Chairman Darryl Eales has penned his latest set of programme notes ahead of Saturday's game against Barnet...
Welcome to today’s game against Barnet, our first home game since our hard-fought victory against Chesterfield on 5th January.
It is a particular personal pleasure to welcome back Tim Flowers, Gary Whild, Darren Acton and Liam Daly, all of whom served the club brilliantly and remain great friends.
A look at the league table tells only part of the story and doesn’t reflect the startling and somewhat inexplicable contrast between our results at home and away.
On points-per-game (PPG), we are top of the home form league. In seven games we have scored almost two per game and have conceded only three.
Away from home, the picture is reversed. We are in the bottom three on a PPG basis, and are scoring less than a goal a game whilst we have conceded 15.
Our away form is derailing our push for the play-off places and is being carefully assessed and examined by Jimmy and his staff.
My approach to business and football is always based on rational analysis and robust discussion. We all want the same - the best for Solihull Moors - and we need to urgently find a way to improve on our travels.
We will examine our preparation and, as a few fans have mentioned, whether we need a more direct style away from home, especially on poor quality pitches.
Again, in any walk of life but especially sport, with its natural focus on the shorter term and recent results, it is essential to remain level-headed and balanced. Rest assured, we will look at everything to ensure the much-needed improvement starts quickly, hopefully at Aldershot Town next Tuesday.
Looking to the positive. We have played three more away games than at home, and have the opportunity to close the gap to the play-off positions with six at home out of our next nine games.
Fans will have seen the ongoing debate about continuation or postponement of the current season. The club, with the fantastic support of our shareholders, is firmly on the camp of completing the season, even if much needed and expected government support is not forthcoming.
Completing the season behind closed doors and under lockdown will cost the club an additional £450k between January and June. This is the reality of the size of the financial burden being placed on us by the current circumstances.
However, owners know when they come into football that it is not in the expectation of financial gain and will almost certainly be a loss-making endeavour.
We do it out of a love for the game, our support for our local club and the importance of contributing to the wider community.
In the next few weeks and months, this is exactly where we will focus.
Our vision has always been the creation of a best-in-class community focused charitable foundation and community-based football club.
Our plan is now to accelerate the expansion of our charitable activities, through the Solihull Moors Foundation, both from the stadium and within the local community and schools.
We are launching an ambitious and exciting plan to raise £1m by June to build a new community and education hub at the ground.
The building will be a purpose designed two-storey c2000 square metre community and education centre within the footprint of the football stadium.
The fundraise will also enable the Foundation to put in place people and resources to operate the centre, develop our on-site education and expand our community outreach and schools’ programmes within the framework of a sustainable financial platform for the next three to five years.
The centrepiece of the fundraising will be the Moors 4’s event in June this year.
Please see the website for more information but most of all, let’s all commit to contributing to raising the £1m and to expending every effort to promote the event and encourage everyone to give generously to a fantastic project which really will make a positive contribution to our local community.
We can and will be a best-in-class community football club.