Greenwich Borough given a new lease of life - (EXCLUSIVE)

Thursday 25th May 2006
An influx of new blood with fresh ideas has given Kent League club Greenwich Borough a new lease of life, writes Stephen McCartney.


The Harrow Meadow club were criticised by followers of Kent League football for their lack of professionalism but with the introduction of Barry Feist things are changing for the better.

Feist, 33, who lives in Eltham, has been appointed club secretary and press officer and will also edit the club’s new website

He will also produce the club’s match day programme next season, something the club failed to do last season as they relied on about three people that did everything and didn’t have the time to sit in front of a computer for a couple of hours each week.

“Greenwich Borough have finally launched their official website, which has been secretly running for the past month,” said Feist, who undertook the same duties at neighbouring club Cray Valley before moving into the Kent League with Slade Green last season to edit their match day programme.

Borough have also appointed former Charlton Athletic player Paul Gorman as youth development officer.

The club have entered youth teams in the Bexley & District League and Kent Youth League for the forthcoming campaign.

Former Charlton Athletic star, Peter Garland, whose recently played for Erith Town, has decided to stay with the club.

Director of football and first team manager Chris Cosgrove said: “We want to take this club forward and I believe that myself and the people around me can help to bring some success back to this club.”

Greenwich Borough will also be making improvements to the changing room facilities, clubhouse and the ground over the next few weeks.

“Our main priority is to sort the ground out, but Greenwich Borough Council have imposed certain restrictions with the amount of work to be done,” added Cosgrove.

But within the next week two new coaches will be announced, both have vast Kent League experience and will benefit the club greatly.

Feist, whose relishing his new roles, added: “We have been conducting interviews over the past few weeks and know that both of them are easily up to the job.”

Cosgrove added: “The positions have been offered and we are waiting for their responses, only then will we release names.”

The Borough are also close to sealing a deal with a known Kent League striker with proven scoring ability and hope that the player in question will sign forms at the club’s presentation evening on 3rd June.

”I know that it seems a bit secretive but again we will only release the players name when he signs on the dotted line,” said Feist.

”The player in question will be a great addition to our already improving squad.”

The club are staging a five-a-side youth tournament in June for youth teams, adults and details can be found on the club’s new website.

But the club are still searching for pre-season friendlies, and if any clubs are interested they can contact the club by email:

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