A Marriage Of Inconvenience

After the forced decampment of Wimbledon to Milton Keynes, we thought, perhaps, “never again”. That was six years ago, but football franchising is raising its ugly head again. This time, however, the rumour mill is coming from the Conference North, with the distinct possibility starting to appear of one club trying to buy out their local rivals in a tawdry attempt to get two promotions without even having to kick a ball, even the whole thing is being marketed as a “merger”. In Worcestershire, of all places, a plan is being concocted that will wipe one club from the face of the earth and put its biggest rivals in their place. Supporters of both clubs are now up in arms, and such is the level of anger from both sides of the divide that it seems unlikely that the club that gets parachuted in above its level will be able to establish itself. As ever in modern football, however, money and ego seem to be the driving factors, with ethics the best interests of the supporters of the clubs concerned being left very much on the back burner. Redditch United were founded in 1891 as Redditch Town, and played fairly anonymously in regional leagues in the Midlands until they joined the newly-expanded Southern League Midland Division in 1972. They joined the newly-formed Alliance Premier League (later to be branded...

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