UCL: Spencer boss Stone wants more happy memories
Ben Stone says he and his players are desperate to make more happy memories in what could be the final two games of Spencer's existence.
The club looks set to fold at the conclusion of this campaign, with no one coming forward to replace long-serving chairman Graham Wrighting.
Wrighting has been at the helm for 33 years and is desperately seeking someone to take over the running of the social side at Kingsthorpe Mill.
But with a dwindling committee and other stalwarts such as John Sampson and Andy Goldsmith set to depart, Spencer’s future is in jeopardy.
Stone admits he is ‘gutted’ for Wrighting and is desperately hoping salvation can be secured.
But in the meantime, he is simply focusing on finishing the UCL Premier Division season with two victories, starting at Eynesbury Rovers on Saturday.
“We had a lull when we first found out, but we’re trying to win the games for Graham now,” Stone said.
“We want to make more good memories, but we’ve only got a couple of games to go.
“We had a good chat about it all and agreed that we all want to do our best for Graham. We’d like to give him a good send-off.”
Stone totally understands the predicament 72-year-old Wrighting is in.
And he said: “Graham has done everything he can but there comes a point where he’s got to say ‘enough is enough’.
“I’ve seen it from the inside and understand his situation.
“I’m disappointed for Graham and I know he’s worried about the players, but I’ve told him that they will be alright.
“We’ve got good memories to look back on and we’re all gutted for Graham because we’d love there to be a scenario in which the club could be saved.”
As it stands, next Saturday’s trip to Harborough Town could be the final game of Spencer’s stay in the UCL, which dates back to 1968.
But Stone, who took up the role as Spencer manager in the summer of 2012, feels people are still failing to realise that the club will fold if a new spearhead is not found.
“It’s been coming,” he said. “Since I walked in four years ago we’ve lost people from the committee.
“Even now, most people I speak to don’t genuinely believe we’ll fold, but I keep telling them that we will if we can’t find a solution.”