The start of 2012 kicked off with the reveal of our new team kit, the bright pink with black shorts and socks was teamed together with the announcement that our chosen charity for the year would be Cancer Research UK’s “Join the Fight” campaign. 2012 also saw a first for the Dragons, as we were not holding any events on home turf, instead we would be travelling to various places as guests while raising awareness for our cause.
Our first match of the year was against Glannau Veterans of St Asaph, we would go on to win this match which was a very tough test for our players. The Anglo Celtic shield took place next against the Ayrshire Outsiders, ASD Pro Appio and Sheffield FC at the Worlds Oldest football club’s ground. The winners of the day were to be Pro Appio with the Dragons collecting the wooden spoon after one draw and two losses. The Celtic Challenge trophy took place in Scotland against the Outsiders who were on top form in the driving wind and rain which saw the Dragons take a heavy defeat. Total Tranmere were due to be our next opponents, but the rain took its toll on this match and again later on in the year as our rearranged date was called off. Rockville Wallasey were to be our last match of the year, an attacking Dragons team were to become victims of a wrong offside call as Rockville Wallasey netted a goal in the 90th minute to equalise the score.
Our awareness campaign saw social media site Twitter become a brilliant tool in getting the “Join the Fight” message across with the help of retweets from entertainers and sports personalities during the height of the London Olympics. Finally reaching over 10 million potential retweets at the closing ceremony.
Our annual awarding of honorary and Life memberships to people this year took the founders to Upton Park home of West Ham United. Honorary membership was awarded to the Gold Family for their help in retweeting our campaign. Also awarded honorary membership was Claire Young from televisions Apprentice, with her guidance the Dragons have been able to become a limited company. Life memberships this year were awarded to Network She’s Ruth Lloyd Williams who promoted the Dragons on her hit website and also raised funds for the teams campaign. Lee Walshaw, a key part in the starting of the Dragons was made a Life Member at the Anglo Celtic Shield Event. Team ES Racings Chris James was made a life member after advertising our logo on his car to a potential 4 million viewers on television and to the thousands who attend the BTCC events.
The year ended with the first Dragons Christmas get together, which was held on the 8th of December. The quiz night was deemed a great success and was a great way to round off what has truly been an eventful year.
Until next time
Gaz Roberts – Co-Founder – 5