Wednesday, July 17
Royston, Hertfordshire




You may have recently seen a few teasing tweets from us and wondered what they meant…

First there was this:

Then this:

And then this:

And finally…

But what did it all mean?

Well, we are pleased to announce that Jenny Middlemass, a long-time member of the CROWS WEEKLY DRAW was the lucky recipient of a cheque for £2915 – not bad for a £1 a week flutter!

Jenny Middlemass (centre) receives her Weekly Draw cheque from Steve Jackson (left) and Trevor Burrows (right)


Jenny is a long-standing member of the CROWS WEEKLY DRAW that costs just £1 a week to play! As the name suggests, a draw takes place every week. The holder of the winning number receives £25 with £10 being added to the ‘Rollover Fund’ each week. The ‘Rollover Fund’ is won when the Blue Ball is drawn, with the next number taking the accumulated prize. When the Blue Ball was finally drawn out recently the next number to be pulled out was Jenny’s – meaning that she was the lucky recipient of the ‘Rollover Fund’ which at the time of drawing stood at a whopping £2915!

Upon being presented with her cheque after our recent Women’s fixture against Kings Lynn Town, Jenny said

I’m absolutely over the moon to win the Rollover Fund. I’ve been a member for a long time and have had some smaller wins in the past but nothing as big as this! Although I no longer live locally, Royston Town FC is still very close to my heart and I’m happy to support the Club in any way that I can. The Club, and town, have long been a part of my life. My late husband, John  played for the Crows as did his brothers Clive and Steve, and their father Archie.”

Club President Alan Barlow commented

“After waiting patiently for the Blue Ball to be drawn out and seeing the Rollover Fund steadily increase I was pleased to see it finally happen and it was heartening to see Jenny being the lucky winner. Despite no longer living around Royston, she has never stopped supporting the Club. For those who maybe aren’t aware, the Middlemass name is synonymous with Royston Town FC and spans well over 70 years!  Jenny’s late husband John was a central figure in our 1970 championship-winning team. He played for the Club throughout the 70s and early 80s and was also part of our 1977 Herts County Premier Championship winning side. But he wasn’t the only Middlemass to have represented the Crows. John’s father, Archie, was known as ‘The Magician’ during his playing days for the Crows in the 1950s. Archie’s sons John, Clive and Steve all represented the Club with distinction. So it’s fair to say the Middlemass’ have played an important role in the Club and they will always be remembered for the contributions they have made to the Club. I’d also like to thank Jenny for her continued support. I’m pleased to announce that following her good fortune she has made a generous donation back to the Club” 

Steve Jackson, Chairman, added

“It was great to see the Blue Ball finally make an appearance after all this time and it’s great that such a loyal supporter and long-standing member of the draw won.  Don’t worry though as the drawing of the Blue Ball hasn’t totally wiped out the Rollover Fund prize money – we have now reset it at £500.”

He continues

“The Weekly Draw is another great way for fans to support the development of their club both on and off the field. We’re always looking to increase the number of members in the draw. If anyone is interested in taking part in the draw, then please speak to either Lauren, Trevor or grab an entry form from the Bar. In the past, we’ve used some of the funds raised to improve the furniture in the Clubhouse, upgrade the tills and improve the dugouts. Alongside the matchday 50/50 draw and our famous Meat Raffle,  the Crows Weekly Draw is a crucial part of the Clubs fundraising efforts. I’d like to thank all the current members of the draw for their continued support and encourage other supporters to join them – who knows you could be the next Blue Ball winner!”



The CROWS WEEKLY DRAW was previously known as the Royston Town FC Development Fund and was set up as a way of providing a regular source of income to help the Club improve facilities both on and off the pitch. Recently the funds generated have helped pay for dugouts, new tills in the clubhouse, clubhouse furniture, admissions hut/turnstiles, pitch weed killing and fertiliser and other projects. Rest assured, your contribution is greatly appreciated and goes directly to improving the Club facilities.

To be in with a chance of winning the weekly prize or the Rollover – you must pay for at least 26 weeks (i.e. £26) upfront to be eligible.

It’s very simple to join – simply download the standing order form by clicking here or by picking one up from the Clubhouse bar. Once completed, return your form to either Trevor Burrows or Lauren Chappell.

Trevor’s Contact Details:

Telephone:         07813 327786