It’s fair to say Jamie Waltham has had a busy first week at the helm of North Ferriby United..
Having already outlined potential plans for the future of the club and overseen a 5-1 thumping away at Nuneaton in the FA Trophy, he has kicked things up a notch in the last couple of days. Waltham has announced two new signings, an incentivised ticket offer and appointed a new manager since Monday morning. It’s good to see he’s getting the wheels in motion quickly.
Two new signings have been announced, namely Brett Agnew and Adam Bolder. Arriving from Bridlington and Scarborough respectively on paper these two signings look like shrewd bits of business on Waltham’s part.
Bolder was the first signing announced and he is making a welcome return to the Villagers squad. He was a hero of the FA Trophy winning season and was loved by many at the club. He has Premier League experience and it certainly showed in his first stint at Ferriby. He was the Paul Scholes of Billy Heath’s side, he never gave the ball away and always found a pass. He might be getting towards the very end of his career now but a calming influence like him in midfield may be just what Ferriby need.
Agnew meanwhile has been scoring goals for fun since he signed for Bridlington and he will be familiar to Waltham from their days at former club Hull United.
The Scottish striker has admitted he would love a team in the Conference North to take a chance on him so it’s up to him to repay Ferriby for the chance they have given him by banging a few goals in, and quick.
Waltham clearly wants to work with players and staff he knows and trusts and hopefully Agnew can make the step up to the Conference North and start to fire Ferriby towards safety.
Waltham’s managerial appointment also stuck to the familiarity theme. Chris Bolder is the man tasked with taking over from Steve Housham in the Ferriby dugout and he really has got a challenge on his hands.
The announcement has gone down a treat with the Ferriby fans as like his brother Adam, Chris is a legend of the club after he was part of the title winning team in the 2012/2013 season.
Chris also arrives from Scarborough where he has been gaining experience as their assistant manager and hopefully he is ready to take the step up to management. With Ferriby already so far adrift there isn’t going to be much pressure on Bolder this season and if he keeps Ferriby up he will be hailed as a hero.
Bolder has given a brief statement after today’s announcement “It’s a fantastic opportunity to work at this level. My immediate goal is stay up and we can’t think about anything else. Long term, it’s about development of players and a club for the local area.”
Chris appears to be buying into Waltham’s long term vision for the club which can only be a good thing.
The new Ferriby owner didn’t stop there. He has also announced a half season ticket offer at massively reduced rates to entice more fans through the gates for the rest of the season.
With an emphasis on bringing mates to games fans can buy an individual half season pass for £50 but if two people buy a pass it’s £40 and if three mates buy a pass together the price is reduced to £30 each.
Waltham has also aimed to tap into the market of disillusioned City fans by offering pass holders entry for £5. The club has been crying out for incentives like these especially this season and Waltham will be hoping to see a response and increased attendance figures in the next few weeks.
So it’s been a very busy week at North Ferriby United. The well documented problems on the pitch are still there and need to be fixed quickly, but Waltham will be hoping his band of familiar faces can help turn the season around. We’ll be watching.