Fleet Of Foot

The phrase “things are going to get worse before they get better” springs to mind when thinking of the put-upon supporters of Conference club Ebbsfleet United. During the summer, they suffered the indignity having their name of over fifty years changed from Gravesend & Northfleet to that of a soon-to-open international railway terminal, and this morning it was confirmed that 20,000 people, the vast majority of whom almost certainly know nothing whatsoever about their club, are going to be taking over as their managers. Yes, indeed. An informal agreement has been made between the website MyFootballClub and the owners of Ebbsfleet United and, subject to due diligence (which is a fancy way of saying “making no-one has been cooking the books there for the last few years to make it look like its worth more than it is”), they will shortly be taking over at the club, which is based on the south side of the Thames Estuary. The volume of interest in this is such that the club’s official website has collapsed, but a quick journey to their independent website features an interesting look at the reactions of various parties to the announcement. Unsurprisingly, the Fleet chairman, Jason Botley (presumably interviewed in the driver’s seat of his new, diamond-encrusted Bentley) is “delighted” with the new partnership – conveniently overlooking that, although they only purchased a 51% share in...

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