Our first and, to date, only season in the Vanarama National League has been a memorable one after ending with promotion to the Football League under the Wembley arch!
But off the pitch we have again enjoyed a wide array of covers on our match day programme, mostly thanks to Andrew Gordon (and a couple of guests throughout the season!).
After the success of last year’s competition, we are again running a competition where you can vote for your Programme Cover of the Season!
We have done a lot of the hard work already in narrowing them down to just eight contenders. The competition will begin at a Quarter-Final stage, with the winners of each round going into the Semi-Finals, then of course the Final which will take place on Sunday 9th June.
To vote, all you have to do is head over to Twitter from 12:30 each day and vote for your favourite cover in the poll. The cover with the most votes at 6:30pm will be the winner of that tie.
The winner of QF 1 was the Aldershot cover, by deciding vote of the judging panel after the Twitter vote finished all square.
Designed by the brilliant Bands FC, the Aldershot cover is a Salford version of The Charlatans’ 1997 album ‘Tellin’ Stories’ featuring Tom Walker, Danny Whitehead, Danny Lloyd and Chris Neal. On the day, Bands FC sold some Salford-related merchandise too from their collection which raised nearly £1,000 for Foundation 92!
The winner of QF 2 was the Gateshead cover, born from the discovery of a photograph of the old Salford City team bus which carried our North West Counties team around the north of England for a number of years until someone unfortunately stole it, but from it there were many memories which the committee still hold very dear – do ask them if you ever get chance!
In the third Quarter-Final the Solihull cover inspired by Lego was the winner!
The inspiration for the Solihull Moors cover is very clear to see, with Danny Whitehead chosen to be moulded into one of our favourite childhood mini-figures.
There was a very retro feel to the last Quarter-Final as the Football Pink Boreham Wood cover goes against the FA Cup First Round replay Shrewsbury Town cover, and it was the Shrewsbury cover that came out victorious.
Not much more can be added about the Shrewsbury cover apart from to simply admire it’s retro look and feel, a certain tribute to the world’s oldest cup competition! Although we sadly were overcome by Shrewsbury, this season’s FA Cup run pitted us against our highest ever opponent, and the 1-1 draw at their ground is the first result we’ve ever picked up at a Football League side.
The first semi-final is between the Aldershot cover and the Gateshead cover.
The second semi-final is between the Solihull cover and the Shrewsbury cover.
The Quarter-Finals will run Monday to Thursday with the winners of QF1 and QF2 going into Semi-Final 1 on Friday, and QF3 and QF4 competing in Semi-Final 2 on Saturday.
Lastly another big thank you to all those who make the programme possible whether by contributing or buying one. We were selected as divisional runners-up in the M60 Programmes annual awards, and we have been advised that one or two other commendations and nominations have appeared elsewhere so thank you as well for those!
If you have any feedback, suggestions, or if you have an idea and would like to get involved next season then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your thoughts.