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CEO's annual address to supporters

8 May 2017

Before the prize-giving ceremony as part of last night's Annual Awards Dinner, chief executive officer Carolyn Radford took to the stage to address those in attendance.

Mrs Radford's full speech from last night is as follows...

Ladies and gentleman, good evening.

I trust you're all enjoying our hospitality tonight and further to the chairman's introduction earlier, may I add my sincere thanks to you all for the contribution you've all made to our club over the past season. 

Your endeavours don't go unnoticed and are integral to the club's current healthy state.

Before I introduce the video presentation ahead of our awards ceremony, I'd like to say a few short words as the curtain now falls on another season.

Although I've perhaps not been involved in this great industry as long as many of you in the room, it soon becomes apparent that in professional football that there are two imperative roles at a football club.

The first is the position of chairman.

My husband John has a deep love and respect for Mansfield, the place he grew up. And he makes a fantastic chairman.

His achievements speak for themselves. 

He is an amazing leader and most of all, he never, ever, gives up.

We will eventually reach our goal and make it to the Championship, even possibly the Premier League! You heard it here first!

John thinks big. No room for small thinking. No room for small results.

And the other integral position is the manager.
Steve, is quite simply, the best manager in the Football League. Nearly ten promotions!

Steve knows how to get things done. It's not just talk. He certainly knows how to shake things up, doesn't he? He knows how to make real change and above all - he's a winner.

Never before has our club had two people of such expertise in these roles, and we should be proud to have them both leading our club.

Now we move on to the key part of the evening.

Without wishing to sound premature, may I offer my congratulations to tonight’s eventual winners. 

Awards and success are no accident. 

In my office in the Quarry Lane Stand, there is a plaque which reads: 

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. And you have made it happen with desire, dedication, perseverance and high standards through the season.

Well done to every one of you.

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