Planning Approved - 13 October
Great news for Rayners Lane and their parent club, the Tithe Farm Social Club, Harrow Council approve a planning application which will effectively save the football and social club.
The application, which has taken five years to gain approval and was led by Football Chairman, Martin Noblett and the main club committee. It means that the football club's main sponsors, Matthew Homes, will be able to build thirty dwellings on the disused tennis courts. In return Matthew Homes will build a new clubhouse, with state of the art dressing rooms etc, on the existing car park and install a full size 3G pitch in place of the grass pitch. In addition a community use MUGA will also be installed. The pitch and building work will probably not be completed until the start of the 2018/19 season.
Rayners Lane are mourning the death of one the club's Vice President's, Jimmy Baker. Jimmy played for the club in the late 50's - early 60's and then assisted managers with training and coaching. For the past thirty years Jimmy has been a keen supporter of the first team, both home and away. He also assisted the ground staff every Wednesday in the last few years. He will be sadly missed at the Lane.
At the beginning of the season the Lane named one of it's stands in honour of it's President Tom Lynn. This is to recognise the hard work for the past four decades as Chairman and committee member, financial commitment to the club and especially his vocal support every week, home or away.