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MEDIA WEEKLY: "It's Never Boring at this Club"

17 November 2016

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It's been a uncertain week at the Proact following on from Dave Allen's resignation as chairman and director on Monday, with the future now far from clear.

Monday's AGM

Clearly the big news of the week came on Monday with the much-publicised AGM, where Dave Allen read out the following statement - and the quote in the title is from Danny Wilson, as he entered his pre-match press conference earlier today.

The announcement wasn't expected at all on our part, and with a far less dramatic AGM expected I wasn't there - with Nick covering the event as head of media and communications. I felt for him following the situation from afar and knowing what Nick must be going through.

Now we're playing a similar game of waiting and wondering as the fans are. There have been a series of meetings among the directors this week and we're making contact regularly to try and deliver the most up-to-date news possible, and will continue to do so.

Moving Forwards

There was a very strange air at the Proact on Tuesday, with Nick, I and others discussing what might happen next and the ramifications. It seemed somehow out of place to continue with our usual post-match reaction from the Sheffield United game with the game seeing light years in the past already. 

However, we are a football club and it was felt that in that respect the show must go on. We'll give all the updates we hear about with the situation behind the scenes, while continuing with our usual features, reports and news from around the club.

Sheffield United and Sky Sports

Things were certainly lively at the club last Sunday as well, with the prospect of Sheffield United bringing the cameras from Sky Sports to the Proact for the day, happily our day with the big broadcasters was slightly better than the result.

By 7am the broadcasting trucks (four big ones, plus two catering trucks) had already appeared in the corner between the away end and the East Stand and overnight metres and metres of cables had appeared and were circling the pitch down by the advertising boards.

Later on, the floor manager had taken our interview room and was not-too-subtly telling us what he wanted and when. Most of the things were already in hand and in place after a site visit the week before.

Even without Sky, it was a hugely busy day. We normally have around five photographers for a typical league game, for this one we had 25. On top of that we had the added journalists you can always expect when it's a big game and, as importantly, there aren't other games on the same day nearby.

That also meant the return of former Spireite Gregor Robertson, the one-time defender now writing for The Times and very pleased to be back at the Proact. Having not met him before, he was just as friendly as everyone says he is.

The key to making things run smoothly and not suffering a personal pre-game breakdown was very much down to preparation, and as soon as the Crewe Alexandra away match was done it was time to get on with the press lists, seating plans and video screen setting up, most of which was finished by Thursday evening with the final amendments made on Friday and over the weekend.

It is brilliant playing the Blades, especially when you are able to get a better result than this time, but I'm not sure we'd be able to handle it every week!

Iain Pearce - Spireites Media Team

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