As a year of many ups and downs comes to a close, Kenny Bruce has written an open letter to all Larne fans, reflecting on 2020 and looking ahead to 2021. Read below to see what he has had to say below:
There are so many people I’d love to thank for their sterling efforts across this most challenging year, without our incredible band of volunteers this Football Club just wouldn’t be the same and it’s their tireless work that has brought us closer to the town and hopefully the town closer to us too. I’m not going to use these notes to get all political, but Larne FC has benefitted from the strong leadership of Gareth and Niall and I’m delighted to say the dynamism and skills of our new Board members only reflects the progress that Tiernan and the boys are making on the pitch.
In such a dark and deeply challenging year there have been so many moments of light and sheer joy to savour. Yes, I know it’s only football, but in the face of a worldwide pandemic those moments seem even more priceless and we certainly won’t take winning the County Antrim Shield for granted nor beating some of this county’s footballing institutions here at Inver Park. But what we must do is savour such moments and use them to fuel the hunger for more success, nobody at Larne Football Club is getting carried away, especially not Tiernan and his players, but what they have demonstrated is their ability to go toe to toe with far more established teams who will rightfully have genuine ambitions of winning silverware this season.
I know all of you really appreciate the way Tiernan has the team playing, we’ve always agreed we have to try to play the right way, but that comes from a dedicated group of coaches and backroom staff plus a set of players who want to get better and better. Like you, it was frustrating to watch from afar as we lifted the first major trophy for more than three decades, but it was still such a proud night for a town and team that are starting to show the rest of Northern Ireland just how special this corner of County Antrim really is. I know Tiernan would love to see his playing options strengthened in the coming weeks, we’ve been talking about it a lot and we’ll be doing our best to improve the quality of the group. People talk about investment and the advantages of being full-time but what we don’t get much credit for is our recruitment over the past three or more years, it’s about finding the right players for the club and fingers crossed we’ll be able to do that again.
And there and so many other things to reflect on with pride about our Football Club, we’re creating a pathway for young talent in our Academy for both girls and boys, we have exciting plans for Inver Park, work’s already underway on the Church End, and the New Year’s set to bring other important developments.
So, I’d like to finish off by thanking you for your continued support in such a time of uncertainty, it’s important that what we do we do in a way that reflects well on the town and shines the right sort of light on Larne. It’s a responsibility that we all take very seriously indeed. But, right now, it’s also nice to have something to smile about and we should all be proud of the part we’ve played in what’s being achieved here and the journey we’re on.
Here’s to 2021 and enjoying more successes but, hopefully, together.