Quartet poised to make Haverhill Rovers bow on club’s special day
Four more new signings could make their home debuts for Haverhill Rovers when they face Cambridge City in a friendly on Saturday (3pm).
Former West Wratting captain and midfielder Riki Baker, ex-Haverhill Borough winger Owen Longley, plus Blake Kicks and Ryan Swallow, who last season were with Haverhill Borough Reserves and Halstead Town, respectively, have all signed for Rovers.
Custodian Jack Cherry, however, will not be involved having departed for Stanway Rovers.
The quartet join Alex Archer, Ricky Spriggs and Ryan Weaver in having joined Rovers this summer.
Prior to kick off on Saturday, Rovers will also make a surprise unveiling that the club feels will recognise both their history and future.
Chairman Ali Shulver said: “I am really excited about the unveiling as it will be special event for the town and anyone with a connection to Haverhill Rovers past and present.
“We want to recognise all the hard work that has been done to keep the club going over the years, long before I was on the scene, and that this hard work continues today.”
Rovers particularly want to see past players there alongside the youth players and are providing a bouncy castle and games for children.
After the match there will be a race night, starting at 6pm.
Saturday has been made a Whole Club Day after it was recently agreed that Rovers will in future be run as one club with all sections falling under the one committee.
Shulver said: “Next year will see the club celebrate its 130th birthday and it’s important that our history is not forgotten, but we also have to ensure we put plans in place for the future to ensure the club is sustainable.
“The club now has more than 35 teams providing football for boys and girls from as young as four all the way through to adult football.
“We will also provide a community football team (in the NMC League) so we can provide football opportunities for a wider level of players within the town.
“With the club being this big we felt it important that all sections from the adults, boys, girls and EJA (Eastern Junior Alliance) should have a say in the running of the club as well as helping identify the strategy for its future.
“This will mean for the first time the whole club is together and it’s not just about the first team anymore.
“Producing our own talent is the main aim as I am proud of the high level of Haverhill-based players Michael Shinn (manager) has in the first team and I want this to continue into the future.”
Last Saturday, Rovers won their first pre-season friendly, beating Essex and Suffolk Border League Premier Division side Coggeshall Town 3-2.