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PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 05 July 2010

As we draw close to the end of 2008 I am going to take this opportunity to reflect on what has been another progressive and successful year at Kirkley & Pakefield Football Club.

As we draw close to the end of 2008 I am going to take this opportunity to reflect on what has been another progressive and successful year at Kirkley & Pakefield Football Club.

I will open up by thanking all of our supporters, sponsors and loyal club voluntary members for all of their support in 2008. We have moved forward again on and off the pitch.

We have received the coveted annual awards for Suffolk and the entire eastern region as the best Community Club which we should consider to be more rewarding than any single team's achievement. We have invested heavily on our principal pitch with a new irrigation system and a re-laid playing surface and I would like to thank our sponsors for their valued support in making this happen.

On the playing side we finished a credible sixth in the league in May and have since made a pretty significant investment in the squad in order to challenge for honours.

In all honesty we have not delivered to my expectations with exits from all cup competitions and a points tally that is currently outside a title winning pace. However we are currently fourth in what is a hugely competitive and justifiably, best level 5 league in the country.

It was hugely disappointing to exit the vase at home to Dereham. There could not have been anyone at Walmer Road that day who did not think we deserved something from the game.

Looking ahead to derby day I must firstly congratulate Lowestoft for their excellent start to this season. Their league position is no surprise to me. As far as I am concerned they had the players last season to perform at this same league level but subconsciously chose to concentrate on their FA Vase run, this year they are doing both, and credit where it is due - they are flying!

Going to Crown Meadow and coming away with anything is going to be a huge challenge for us but we will go about it in our normal way. We will go and play football we won't be stacking players behind the ball and trying to 'spoil'. I hope both teams can deliver the kind of game that the huge crowd will warrant and we are really looking forward to it.

Looking ahead to 2009 we will look to consolidate a top six finish and push as hard as we can for top three and in parallel we will see how we can improve the squad as we look ahead to another progressive year for our club in what is going to be a very challenging economic climate.

I would like to finish by clarifying the position with my column which has been absent for a number of weeks now as I picked up lots of questions and people making their own judgment on why I had stopped.

In summary, I was very disappointed with the way the press handled the Lee Gillman episode. As a club we did everything in the correct manner and we were held in high regard by the FA for the way we handled this hugely disappointing affair.

But this is the festive season and it would have been inappropriate for me to remain silent and therefore I have taken this opportunity to provide my reflection of 2008 and wish everyone associated with Kirkley & Pakefield FC and all journal readers and sporting enthusiasts a fantastic Christmas and a prosperous 2009. C'mon You Royals!

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