Night Terras – The Battle To Save Weymouth Football Club

It never rains but it pours for Weymouth Football Club. There have been unsavoury rumours emanating from the Dorset-based Blue Square Premier club for over two years now, and the club is now fighting for its very life after the collapse of a take-over bid last week. As some you may recall, at the start of December former chairman Malcolm Curtis had offered the club up for sale having transferred the land surrounding the club’s Wessex Stadium into a company’s name. The chairman of their local rivals Dorchester Town had been hovering on the margins, offering the possibility of a merger between the two clubs, though this seems to have faded into the background. Since then, however, developments have left the club struggling to just stay afloat. Curtis gave up the reins at The Wessex Stadium to a consortium of local businessmen and former club directors just before Christmas, but he has retained the ownership of the land surrounding the stadium through a third party company, Wessex Delivery Partnership LLP, which is backed by a company called Morgan Sindall, the investment arm of a construction company which, for the record, announced an annual profit of £71m at the end of last year. None of this bodes particularly well for the future of the club. Bills, reportedly contrary to a promise made by Curtis upon his departure as chairman, have...

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