With Deep Sadness - updated
All at Hayes & Yeading United were shocked to learn of the sudden death of life long supporter Brian Alberry who passed away peacefully following a short illness.
71 year old Brian for many years was the voice of Hayes FC, spinning discs and making PA annoucements at Church Road and he continued to be a big supporter of Hayes FC and latterly Hayes & Yeading United after giving up the tannoy.
Brian was also a massive cricket fan and spent the summertime in and around Hayes Cricket Club where he was a Life Vice-President and qualified scorer.
He will be very much missed by all at United and on behalf of the Directors, players and fellow supporters I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to all his family and friends.
Brian's funeral will take place at 2pm on Wednesday 24th April at the Breakspear Crematorium.
Following last night's defeat at Staines Town, Tony O'Driscoll tendered his resignation as first team manager and will move back to his previous position as Director of Football.
Upon his resignation Tony said:
"I would like to personally apologise to each and every fan who has paid money in recent weeks to watch Hayes and Yeading United. At times our performances have been nothing short of a disgrace. Whilst our preparations and parts of our game have been spot-on, other aspects have been embarrassing and I feel it is only right that I step aside and allow the younger heads within our side take the lead."
Following discussions with Directors, coaches Tristan Lewis and Delroy Preddie have agreed to take on the role of joint First Team Managers until the end of the season.
Further Club Statement
The building works at The Sharda Glass Community Stadium are gathering apace as Hayes & Yeading United FC bid to create a legacy that the local community can be proud of and also ensure the club can be self-sufficient for years to come. This includes training facilities to rival many professional clubs introduced in the first phase of the build to ensure much needed revenue streams in recent months. However, to fully benefit from this and to rekindle our status at the heart of the community, the club are keen to be playing football in The Sharda Glass Community Stadium this summer. With that in mind, certain building matters are being prioritised to facilitate a ground at which competitive matches can be played.
The frame of the main stand is now complete with a number of less visible but vital works having been undertaken in recent months, including the installation of a new drainage system and computer control panels which will operate the electronics behind this. More recently, the concrete casts for the first floor were set in place and with this now complete, the ground floor cast will be following shortly, giving the stand significant shape and presence.
Other tasks underway include considerable brickwork, which once finished will ensure the facade will change quite rapidly. Cladding will next be put in place, along with glass panelling. That’s when the interior tasks can begin. In the meantime, further work on the other three sides of the ground will shortly re-commence including the completion of terracing that will surround the pitch, with plans also in place for additional standing sheltered areas.
There is still a long way to go before we have a completed stadium but while this is a long-term, complete re-development of the former site, the priority now is to ensure that our teams can be playing football in their own home within a matter of months. Therefore, tasks have been identified to ensure that the ground will be in a position to conform to ground grading regulations in July, whilst the full completion of the stadium will be an on-going project. The priority of the club is to get back playing within its own community. With regulations governing grant applications, etc the project may look incomplete for a while but playing within our own environment, even if in a state of incompleteness, is preferable to using the contingency ground share agreements that we have in place for any longer than we have to. The club will then develop the rest of the ground as planned whilst the teams play their matches there.
We appreciate that this may require a bit more patience from our fans, but our view has always been long term, and to be undertaking such an ambitious project during such an economic climate has presented many challenges along the way. However once the club are back amongst our own community, the potential that that creates is far beyond what was possible for either Hayes FC or Yeading FC with this project built for long-term sustainability of our football club.
Once complete, the main stand will provide a stunning view to watch football from, elevated from pitch level, unrestricted by beams and set very close to the action. There will be nine rows of seating, incorporating 1200 seats. Terracing will surround the rest of the ground with shelter available for those who don’t wish to sit. The building behind the stand is vast. Inside there will be two function rooms, additional meeting rooms, offices, two sports bars, a boardroom and a media suite. Two sets of changing rooms will be installed, one set for use for the main pitch and the other for the 4G training pitch. There will also be an education suite fully equipped with ICT units and room for two club shops, one chiefly for sporting memorabilia and the other for club merchandise. The main foyer will be in a central location and will house a lift for access to the top floor, with a goods lift servicing the facilities behind the scenes.
Whilst all appreciate that the patience of our fans has been fully tested - being bound by confidentiality agreements and having to play at a ground distant from our town – this project will see a complete re-development of the former site into a first-class sporting and community facility. Providing this level of facility has come with many pitfalls, some of which were unforeseen, but now we are close to achieving what we set out to do with the formation of the club. We would like all of our fans to take the opportunity of “being there” from the beginning of an exciting new era for Hayes & Yeading United FC.