Chief executive admits club move to Devon is ‘not ideal’

Chief executive admits club move to Devon is ‘not ideal’

Truro City’s first Southern League match sees them host Hendon at Bolitho Park PICTURE: PAUL WILLIAMS

21st July 2021

By Gareth Davies

Truro City chief executive officer Becki Thomas says that the club moving to Plymouth Parkway for the upcoming season ‘isn’t ideal’ but backed supporters to follow the side to Devon in 2021-22.

City will play their first match in temporary surroundings at Bolitho Park this coming Saturday when the White Tigers clash with landlords Parkway. The club announced last week that they have struck a deal with local coach company Truronian that will enable fans to travel on a dedicated supporter’s bus to every home game, free of charge.

There is a further home friendly against League Two side Exeter City for Truro before they host Hendon as the Southern League begins on August 14.

“We are yet to see the whole effect of playing in Plymouth on the football club,” Thomas told the Voice in an exclusive interview.

“We are looking forward to the games up there and we have got good friendlies up there in the next couple of weeks. “We hope our fans will make the journey although it’s not ideal for any of us to move out of the county. There will be a free bus going up to each home game if you book in advance. We are trying to put on things that can enable fans to be part of our journey.”

“This isn’t our first choice and just a circumstance for long term gain that is required. We are a strong group, with a brilliant team and we have a real chance in the league this season.”

Continuing with the positive outlook for Truro next term, which was amplified by their 5-0 thrashing of local rivals Falmouth Town on Saturday, Thomas hailed the commitment of manager Paul Wotton. She added: “We are very lucky to have Paul because he’s a brilliant guy and a brilliant coach. He has an amazing background behind him which he instils in our squad. We have a lot of youngsters and Paul builds a solid foundation for them, similar to what we have for the Pirates with Gavin (Cattle) and Pave’s (Alan Paver). “

“On both fronts, our coaching teams have brought into the journey and are committed to what we’re trying to achieve.”

The journey that Thomas describes will culminate when both City and the Cornish Pirates move to the proposed Stadium for Cornwall sight at Langarth. Owner of both clubs Dicky Evans told the Voice he wants the project ‘done and dusted’ with Thomas keeping her fingers crossed that the project is finally completed.

“I have been doing this for 11 years and that is the ultimate dream that everyone is pushing for,” she remarked,in those 11 years, we have done a three-year plan several times, so I do hope that we are on the cusp another three year plan that sees us reach our goal of the stadium and Premiership (for the Pirates).

“If it is stadium first and then building towards getting into the Premiership, then that’s all we can ask for. Exeter Chiefs do very well not just on the field but the off the field because they have a very good set up that facilitates the funding for what they do on the pitch.”

“That’s the aim with the stadium as we have got probably 15 rugby games a season if you include friendlies and that is not something that you can survive on as a professional club. “

“There will have to be a lot of other days that the stadium is a business in its own right, and it can help communities, along the lines of the Exeter model.”