As you may well have heard, West had a new signing make his debut at our game against Runcorn Linnets. Penfold Pincher, the creation of West fan Lew Currie, had his first proper outing in our programme, as he attempted to sneak into the game… by dressing up as volunteer & fan favourite Monica! You can read the full thing below (click to enlarge), and you can also submit your own idea as to how Penfold can try get into the next home game here.
Last month, we created two designs of West Didsbury & Chorlton stickers, and asked for a charitable donation from anyone who wanted to receive a few for personal use. I would like to say a huge thank you to anyone who donated money to Refugee Action – in total, £112 has been raised for a charity that is arguably more vital and important than ever before.
The fact that all of this was in exchange for some stickers is even more incredible, and is a testament to the loyalty and generosity of our fans. The sum could help make a huge difference in people’s lives. £27 helps pay for an emergency care parcel, £55 could be enough to help someone find a safe room for an evening, £100 might help challenge Home Office Policy.
If you’re interested in donating to Refugee Action, we are unfortunately now completely out of the sticker packs: however, anything you can manage can and will make an enormous difference. you can do so on the Refugee Action website here.
Over the last year or so, the club has stepped up it’s charitable efforts – the friendly against FC United that raised funds for Betel UK, and the Trussell Trust foodbank donation drive before Christmas being perhaps the two biggest examples. We intend to make sure that this is something that continues, especially in these trying times. Once again – thank you.
Matthew Britton, Supporter’s Club Secretary
As a club, West Didsbury & Chorlton has grown enormously over the past 2 years – both on and off the pitch. Following last year’s record high finish, this season has seen our fanbase increase dramatically – both in terms of the number of supporters, and the passion that they hold for the team.
Having spoken to the club, they’d like to pass on their sincere thanks to each and every person who made the trip up to Moston on Tuesday, with both players and staff moved by the noise made by our away following. In his programme notes for the visit of Runcorn Linnets on Saturday, manager Steve Settle comments:
To hear your name sung despite being 7-1 down is something I that will live with me for a long time and a testament to the football club that our committee has spent the last five years building.
There will be more big games, more cup runs, more opportunities to sing songs about quinoa and hummous. The first of these comes on Saturday – and if you’d like to join us in the Shed End (the terrace opposite the clubhouse) in the first half, before switching to the car park next to the Rob Turley stand in the second, myself and the rest of the Krombacher Ultras would love to welcome you. Hopefully we can make the kind of racket that shook Broadhurst Park this week once more.
– Matthew Britton, Supporter’s Club Secretary
Today, we’re pleased to reveal the newest addition to the West Didsbury & Chorlton family – though he’s far from a welcome visitor. Starting with the home game against Runcorn Linnets on the 18th February, the programme will have a new star in Penfold Pincher, who will be making appearances in a comic strip for the rest of the season.
Penfold – Penny to his pals – has two passions in life: West Didsbury & Chorlton, and making sure that he doesn’t have to pay to get in to see them play! Though his plans are creative, he’s yet to find one that works – and he needs your suggestions as to how he could try (and, as usual, fail) to watch a West game for free – the best suggestion being brought to life and winning a West pin badge.
Penfold Pincher is brought to you by fellow West fan Lew Currie (http://lewcurrie.co.uk), and will feature in each programme before being made available online the following week. Speaking of the launch, Lew said, “[Penfold is] an evil genius, but he’s really an evil idiot. I’m interested to see how his time at West unfolds… and if he ever manages to get in for free!”.
Speaking about his passion for the club, he added, “I’ve been coming down to games for a while and observing everything that goes on. I love the community at West and feel it’s important to celebrate the club – it’s players, volunteers & everyone who gives up their time to make it work.”
West supporter spokesman Peter Jones said, “Whilst other teams in the league scramble to assemble the best on field talent, I feel it’s a testament to West Didsbury and Chorlton AFC that we continue to push more creative endeavours. Who among us would really be comfortable winning promotion without an official club comic fully established? Lew Currie’s illustration work is as important to this club as Nic Evangelinos goals and I’m excited to see the ongoing adventures of Penfold Pincher.”
Get your suggestions in at wdcfcfan.club/penfold-pincher
Initially created in 2013, the West Didsbury & Chorlton Supporter’s Club was created to act as a community and as a voice for West fans. Following a few quiet years, we plan to relaunch in 2017 as the club reaches a critical point in it’s 109 year history – a time in which we believe that the fan’s voice is more important than ever before. The club has grown hugely over the past few seasons, and an enormous part of that comes from the community feel that comes with a game at Brookburn Road.
The West Didsbury & Chorlton Supporter’s Club will launch in early 2017 – if you’d like to find out when we’re ready to launch, sign up below:
In December 2016, we asked for your help and feedback in our first fan experience survey – and the response we got was enormous. Once again, we’d like to thank you for your thoughts, and they’ll play a huge part in choosing the direction in which the club goes over the coming weeks, months, and years.
The club are now going through the data, and the suggestion – there will be a full review once the committee has decided upon points of action, and pinpointed where we need to grow as a club. In the meantime, we have drawn the winner of the raffle – congratulations to Luke Marciniak, please check your email for how to claim your prize.