Before we go any further, all of the players, coaching staff and committee members at Cheadle Town FC would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Have a wonderful time with your friends and family and we hope Santa (of course he exists) brings you everything you wanted.
On a more serious note we'd like to reflect on the year that is about to check out and look forward to the one forthcoming.
On the pitch it started with a fairly decent run of form (only one defeat in seven league matches), then a slump, and then a barnstorming finish to the 2016-17 season that saw five consecutive victories for our First XI and two cup finals for our Reserves, one of which would be fruitful as they defeated AFC Macclesfield 2-1 to pick up the Stockport DFA Cup.
Come the Presentation & Awards Evening in May all looked rosy and the mood was buoyant to say the least.
But then matters off the pitch intervened and the roof fell in.
A much-lauded trip to China fell through towards the end of May, the repercussions of which were fairly immediate and arguably were still being felt towards the end of the year.
Key players left, as did First Team Manager Terry Hincks and certain members of the committee were, to put it mildly, unhappy. Without divulging any further details, what was a steady ship had started to list severely in a short space of time.
By the time the new 2017-18 season started in August matters had been sorted. New First Team Manager Antony Trucca had done a sterling job of restructuring the squad and coaching setup, going on to make a half-decent start to the season with impressive wins at Oswestry Town and Sandbach United with us still in the First Division Trophy competition at the time of writing.
2018 will bring change for the club. No empty promises any more.
The club will evolve, will strengthen and will finally move its feet that have been stuck in the mud for far too long.
'Mon the Cheadle.