We had the pleasure of speaking to James Hall, manager of Amersham Town, currently playing in the Spartan south midlands division 1. James was appointed manager in late 2020 in another covid affected season. We spoke to James ahead of the start of the season and with crowds returning to Spratleys Meadow could it be a season to remember for Amersham and James?
How has pre pre-season been for you so far?
Yes, very productive, we have had some excellent results/performances which I am happy with. We had one blip but it showed me the character of the players to react.
Is the team ready for the new season to start? Will you be looking to be bringing in any more players?
Yes the boys are more than ready and understand the work required to be successful this season. I won’t be bringing in any more players. We are more than happy with the squad size.
Any new signing/outgoing since last season?
There has been a lot of coming and goings but we are settled now and happy with the strength in depth we have.
Have you made any changes to your coaching team?
Current coaching team is my assistant, first team coach, two physio’s and analyst however we are still on the lookout for a GK coach and another young coach who can learn the ropes etc.
Are you looking forward to starting your first full season? Has a full pre-season helped with working on formations?
Yes it has helped massively. We came back in March and have trained/played since then so the players can get used to each other’s traits etc and learn the system we employ.
Is this your first role within non league football? What attracted you to Amersham?
No, I coached at Leverstock Green, Harefield, Kings Langley, Sun Sports and Oxhey Jets, it was at Sun Sports and Jets where I really learned the ropes. Amersham is an exciting project that I looked at for a while, I know a good few people who have played here and to be honest the club should be a lot higher than they are.
How impressed have you been with the good crowds in pre-season?
Yes it’s been amazing to see so many part with their hard earned money to come and watch us play. We are hoping to repay their support with some exciting performances on the pitch.
Will the ground improvements help attract new players?
No it’s the coaching they receive and general togetherness within our “family” that attract players.
What is the club’s target for this season?
Finish as high as we can by playing an exciting/effective brand of football.
Do you think/hope the season will be completed this time? What do you make of the league front loading fixtures?
I think with the vaccines etc and current numbers the season should be finished this time, I am all for the front loading of fixtures.
What is the club’s plan with the development side?
Nothing has been mentioned as of yet, I will leave that decision to the board.
Who do you think will be the hardest team to take on in the division given the sideways moves?
Shefford Town & Compton and also Irchester in my opinion.
With no club groundsharing, will this help the pitch stay strong through the season?
I have full confidence in my chariman to keep the pitch maintained throughout the season.
Who is the player we should be looking out for in your squad?
I couldn’t possibly answer that with the quality we have in the whole squad.
What is the target for the club in the short/medium term?
To get to step 5 and maintain our position there without yo-yoing and also a cup final.
What are the biggest issues facing non-league and your respective club?
I think with non-league its always about the volunteers and subsequently money and the sheer squad sizes that are required to maintain a challenge and keep everyone happy.
Do you think covid will bring more people into watching non league games?
I would like to think so yes but it’s all about performances on the pitch ultimately people want to be entertained.
James’s side started the season with a 2-0 win against Thame United reserves.. Their next home game is against Rushden & Highham on Saturday 14th August. . For more upcoming games and admission prices visit https://www.amershamtownfc.com/and go and watch football at one of the most picturesque stadiums in non league football.