West Junior Takeover Day
Wed 29th March 2017 | West Didsbury & Chorlton | By Rob McKay
Those in attendance at West’s home game with Abbey Hey on Sunday may have noticed several new faces in charge of the day’s proceedings, as young players from the club's junior section took over the match day hospitality.
The juniors took on all elements of running a football club, welcoming spectators upon arrival at the gate, selling the match-day programme and half time draw tickets. The juniors even took over the tannoy, reading out the teams as others sold sweets and merchandise on a stall pitch-side.
In addition, two players were honorary secretaries for the day as they exchanged team sheets with Manager Steve Settle, Abbey Hey Secretary Tony McAllister and Referee Richard Holmes. At kick off, 18 mascots ran out with the team, joined the respect handshake, taking part in the coin toss, led by club Captain Mark Rogers.
During the game, the mascots then took over as ball boys, before entertaining the crowd at half time with a penalty shoot-out with some superb finishing and fine goalkeeping in equal abundance.
After the game, the juniors were treated to a Q&A session in the Rob Turley Stand with West manager Steve Settle, grilling him on the finer details of management from diet to mid-match tactical changes.
The Junior Takeover Day drew West’s second highest attendance of the season as 350 spectators turned up, with many parents and family members in attendance.
Chairman Glyn Meacher said; “It was a terrific day for the juniors. Aside from the tremendous effort they put in with such a big crowd, we’ve had numerous people get in touch about wishing to join West’s Junior section.
"In four years we’ve gone from four teams to 13, and having had so many positive headlines for our first team, I’m delighted that the Juniors are now enjoying the same.”
West manager Steve Settle is pictured with the youngsters at the post-match Q & A session.