BLOG: What would be on the Worksop Town 2016 wishlist? A ground, a groundshare, fan ownership, a board of business people, promotion or a new striker?

Windsor Food Stadium, Sandy Lane.  Worksop Town FC  (w120711-1g)
Windsor Food Stadium, Sandy Lane. Worksop Town FC (w120711-1g)

If Worksop Town Football Club could have one wish granted in 2016, they wouldn’t need to call an emergency general meeting to debate it.

A home of their own – whether that be a new stadium that they control, or the lease for Sandy Lane – is the one thing the club covets above all else.

Promotion from the NCEL Premier pales in comparison because it’s short term gain.

Control of their own ground, not having to shell out a considerable sum in rent, the ability to use a base to generate revenue, those things all outweigh the benefit of moving up one step in the football pyramid.

How likely is it that this will be the year that Tigers finally claim their own home? Not very, unless there are behind the scenes moves that are yet to be publicised.

The cost of the Sandy Lane lease is prohibitive for a fanbase funded outfit, and we’re all still in the dark about MP John Mann’s big plan for a new ground.

If he is to forge ahead and get them a stadium, it will surely take a couple more years at least.

So what else could you hope for in 2016?

For starters, a confirmed, renewed groundshare deal with Handsworth Parramore for Sandy Lane.

The longer it goes without that announcement, the more nervous the supporters will get, even if they’ve been reassured that negotiations are ongoing.

That promotion would be nice, because it would add to the momentum the club have built since becoming financially independent of one wealthy owner.

It would also keep the interest of many of the recent additions to the fanbase, with new teams of a slightly higher standard making the trip to Sandy Lane on a Saturday afternoon.

Winning the title and rejoining the Northern Premier would pose questions however.

Would the playing budget need to increase? Can the club afford that?

Are the club structured well enough to deal with a step up in standard?

The infrastructure of Worksop Town is something I would like to see altered in 2016.

There’s no doubt that the volunteers and the supporters have done a fine job in steering the world’s fourth oldest club out of the troubled waters they were cast into when backer Jason Clark pulled his funding.

But a glance down the road in the direction of Gainsborough Trinity shows that you can have the business community involved in the running of a club without relying on their wealth.

Trinity also lost their money man, Peter Swann, and have moved to a much more sustainable and community focused model.

They have pulled in a number of local business people to become directors, utilising their knowhow and contacts to keep the club on an even keel financially.

The directors are Gainsborough people who care about the club, and its position in the town.

They want to create a much bigger role for Trinity in Gainsborough, which can only grow attendances and help them progress.

There’s nothing to say that this kind of operation rules out a fan ownership model like FC United of Manchester.

If Jason Clark, as I and others hope he one day will, hands his majority shareholding over to the supporters, perhaps local business people could be elected democratically to a board of directors, by the supporters with membership rights.

Maybe it’s pie in the sky stuff, but the reality is that you cannot expect chairman Kevin Keep and a small handful of others to do everything on their own forever.

The number of people taking responsibility for the decisions at Worksop Town needs to grow, and supporters need to have more of a say in how their Team500 money is channeled, filtered through the guidance and advice of business savvy locals.

On the playing front, a prolific new striker to take some of the pressure off Kyle Jordan and Mitch Husbands, and a steely midfielder to take control of matches, would go down well in most quarters.

No one has dominated the games I’ve watched since Jake Scott left, but players like that don’t grow on trees and they cost money.

You could wish your life away, and none of the above may come true.

So maybe I’ll settle for a referee giving a free-kick for obstruction at the byline when a defender ignores the ball and instead opts to assault an attacking player with his back. Just once.