Wringing The Weymouth Business Community Dry

One of the most curious aspects of the ongoing crises at Weymouth Football Club over the last couple of years has been that every time the club has got into trouble, someone has called on “local businessmen” to bail the club out. This line was trotted out again this week by their new incumbent chairman Ian Ridley after The Terras slid out of the Blue Square Premier last week after three seasons. Ridley returned the club, where he had previously been involved (brilliantly documented in his book about his time there, “Floodlit Dreams”), after the removal of… too many different people in too short a space of time. The club has sailed close to the edge over the last couple of years on several occasions now, and every time one starts to think that they may be out of the woods they seem to slide very quickly back into trouble. Ridley has to make some very harsh decisions about the future of the club. They are believed to be half a million pounds in debt at the moment and Ridley has put the cost of relegation at £100,000. The club issued shares in the hope of raising some much-needed funds, but the reaction was disappointing and the future of the club remains in some danger. Where Ridley seems misguided is in his hope that, yet again, “local businessmen” will...

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