VCD appoint new chairman and issue bonds to aid ground redevelopment

Friday 13th January 2006
VCD Athletic have appointed Gary Rump as their new chairman and have made 400 bonds available to assist with the redevelopment of their Oakwood ground, writes Stephen McCartney.
Mr Rump, who was appointed the Kentish Observer League club's new chairman last week, is a local businessman that owns Blackfen Drive In centre in Sidcup.

He has been involved with the club since the start of the season as his son Alfie plays for the Mini Soccer section at the Crayford based club.

Everone connected with the club - that currently groundshares Greenwich Borough's ground in Eltham - would like to wish him the best of luck.

Secretary Tom Reddington said: "It is a good appointment for the club.  We needed a figure head, someone with fresh ideas but most importantly someone that wants to take the club forward in what are exciting times for the club."

Also the same evening the club were pleased to announce the return of former chairman Mick Bonello as vice-chairman.

Mr Bonello runs a successful fire protection firm in Crayford and was only too keen to help out at the club.

Club treasurer, Chris Dudley added: "We are delighted to welcome Mick back on board.  Hopefully Mick will work very closely alongside our new chairman and will be very much involved with the sponsorship side of the club. 

"We have two people at the club that will hopefully push the club to the next level in these exciting times."

Meanwhile, the club have launched 400 £50 bonds to raise funds for their redevelopment of their Oakwood ground.

Purchasers of these bonds will become creditors of the club, be able to redeem their bonds on 31st May 2011 and receive an annual £5 discount of their club membership or every £50 invested (minimum investment £100).

However, non-club members will be able to buy them, but will receive no benefits other than the satisfaction of helping the club.

Full details and applications are available from Chris Dudley or Martin Bain.

"Getting our first team back to Oakwood is imperative for the long term survival of the whole club - so your support is vital," said a club statement.

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