Reality Bites

I’ll attempt to put something up on here about the peculiar events of the last couple of evenings later tonight, but I felt that I should focus this evening on yet another of football’s very own patented financial crises. This time, the new comes from the “fifth division”, and it’s a story with a stupendously predictable ending. It’s a story of, at best, naivety and, at worst, stupidity, and the fall-out from it might yet lead to the collapse of one of non-league football’s more enduring names. The Nationwide Conference has made a habit of having its constituent members endure the occasional financial crisis over the last few years or so. Since promotion to the Football League was introduced in 1987-88, crowds have consistently grown and, with the introduction of a second promotion place, there has been an almost unseemly rush to try and get a place in the League. In the last three years, Canvey Island resigned from the Conference for financial reasons, Scarborough were relegated because the Conference didn’t believe that the club was financially stable, and Crawley Town have placed themselves into administration and sailed consistently close to a winding up order. Now we can add the list of Weymouth FC to this illustrious list. Weymouth are traditionally one of non-league football’s under-achievers. Tucked away on the coast in Dorset, they have a massive catchment area...

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