Chairmans Chatter

July 29th 2019

Hi all,

After the disappointment of the play-off final defeat at Wembley and eventually losing our manager, the new season is once again nearly upon us. I hope that you have had a good break over the summer and are looking forward to see what Mr Cocu can achieve in his first season. Will it be another promotion push, a season of mid-table obscurity whilst the new regime beds in, or a relegation battle having lost a number of loanees who helped last seasons campaign? As I write, the transfer window is still open and hope springs eternal that we can pull off some signings to galvanise the team from what has been a pretty insipid pre-season fixture list. Although we have a number of young players who are worthy of a call up to the first team, it would surely be too much to ask for the current squad of players to challenger for promotion from the Championship.

Whatever happens on the pitch, Heanor Branch will be here and continue to provide transport to every home and away game and our committee have been working hard over the summer to ensure that everything is in place ready for the new season.

Regarding the home transport, you will be aware that the ongoing roadworks around the A52 and Wyvern slip roads means that there may be some changes to parking arrangements and routes to and from the stadium. Please be assured we will do all in our power to minimise disruptions but ultimately it is beyond our control and we must obey the instructions of the police and traffic management company. We will be attending a meeting at Pride Park later this week, with the traffic situation on the agenda, any updates will be advised after the meeting.

Our webmaster Geoff Marsden has had a busy summer updating this website, please browse the various pages and feel free to submit your opinion and indeed anything that you would like to see included on the site. New ideas are always welcome. If there is anything you specifically need to ask, please email us at

We look forward to seeing you all very soon

Martin Plant – Chairman