New era of unity at Magpies

Dorset Echo: EMOTIONAL: Shaun Hearn EMOTIONAL: Shaun Hearn

SHAUN Hearn believes the Magpies’ recent FA Cup exploits have ushered in a new era of unity at the club.

The Dorchester Town chairman, inset, was still in shock when he spoke to Echosport yesterday as the county town outfit continues to come to terms with last Sunday’s televised win against Plymouth Argyle – a result that has seen them reach the second round for the first time in 31 years.

“It was quite emotional really and even now it still hasn’t sunk in,” said Hearn. “It was just such a fantastic occasion and personally for me it was really overwhelming.

“Everyone was just so happy and the text messages and emails we have received since have just been unbelievable.

"So many people worked their socks off to make that game happen, from the safety action group to the police and all the volunteers, and I am just delighted for every single one of them.

"What a result and what an evening - it is easily the best performance I have ever seen from a Dorchester side."

Not only has this season's cup run already added in the region of six figures to the Magpies' coffers but according to Hearn it has also helped bring the club closer together.

He added: "More often than not running a football club can be a bit of a thankless task.

"There is quite a bit that goes into it and if I had known then what I know now I wouldn't have taken the club on without a doubt.

"However, days like last Sunday make it all worthwhile and long may it continue.

"It really has brought everyone much closer together from the committees of the trust and the youth to the supporters club.

"Things have not always gone smoothly on that front and I think what this cup run has done has given us all a great opportunity to work together to take the club forward.

"We have proved over the last two weeks just what can be achieved.

"The amount of people that got involved in putting on last Sunday's game was fantastic and the success of the whole evening was a great to the entire club."

Going to comment on the increase in revenue, Hearn said: "Quite a lot of money has been brought in but having said that there have been times when things have been very difficult as well.

"It is important we do not forget that and still live within our means.

"We have got to be realistic. These types of games and cup runs do not come along often and it is important we do not get carried away.

"We have got some fantastic kids coming through and if we can invest anywhere it will be in the academy and the youth.

"The sooner we can also get a function room built that will bring in a steady stream of revenue to help the club move forward the better."

A crowd of 3,196 was in attendance at the Avenue for the clash with the Pilgrims and Hearn is hopeful that some of them will return in the future on a more regular basis.

He went on to say: "The atmosphere our fans created that night was just unbelievable.

"I have always thought that Dorchester should be getting crowds of 700-800 on a regular basis but with so much football on television now and other things going on that has never materialised.

"At the end of the day we are in the entertainment business and I would like to think the club entertained last Sunday.

"Hopefully more will come along to our next few home games but who knows?

"If we could add another 100 then that would be brilliant."

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9:20am Wed 7 Nov 12

weypaul says...

Well done Shaun, thoroughly deserved by a properly run club
Well done Shaun, thoroughly deserved by a properly run club weypaul

11:07am Wed 7 Nov 12

DERRICK BENSON says...

I agree with weypaul, and I like the way Shaun is talking about investing into the right areas instead of doing a Havant and wasting the money On overpriced tosh
I agree with weypaul, and I like the way Shaun is talking about investing into the right areas instead of doing a Havant and wasting the money On overpriced tosh DERRICK BENSON

11:41am Wed 7 Nov 12

BDW says...

Well done Shaun, you deserve all the praise for everyone. UTM
Well done Shaun, you deserve all the praise for everyone. UTM BDW

6:46pm Wed 7 Nov 12

bedpans says...

I wander where the money will go-back to the chairman to repay his investment -or into Stuart Heaths transfer fund for new ol,players. The club has not been wll run and the new income stream only papers over the cracks. Dorchester cannot sustain a top side as the towns folk do not support it. How many will come to the ganes in cold January when they are out of the cup. I bet it will not be more than the usual 400 The only person who desreves any credit is Stuart Heath-a great signing
I wander where the money will go-back to the chairman to repay his investment -or into Stuart Heaths transfer fund for new ol,players. The club has not been wll run and the new income stream only papers over the cracks. Dorchester cannot sustain a top side as the towns folk do not support it. How many will come to the ganes in cold January when they are out of the cup. I bet it will not be more than the usual 400 The only person who desreves any credit is Stuart Heath-a great signing bedpans

7:23pm Wed 7 Nov 12

212 dorset says...

I think without doubt , this money will go back into repaying the investment made by Hearn, and not into any playing budget. With a regular crowd of approx 400, the club will always be a mid table blue square south side, and could not even contemplate promotion. Its great when Dorch are riding high on the back of this superb cup run, but people would be foolish not to look at how the club was run last year and beyond. Only time will tell, if Hearn allows the managment to spend some money.
I think without doubt , this money will go back into repaying the investment made by Hearn, and not into any playing budget. With a regular crowd of approx 400, the club will always be a mid table blue square south side, and could not even contemplate promotion. Its great when Dorch are riding high on the back of this superb cup run, but people would be foolish not to look at how the club was run last year and beyond. Only time will tell, if Hearn allows the managment to spend some money. 212 dorset

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