One Of The Richest Cities In England And One Of The Poorest Clubs

There was a good reason why, when Parker Brothers were deciding upon a UK-wide version of the board game “Monopoly”, they chose St Albans to represent the coveted Mayfair spot. The Hertfordshire city has become one of the most become one of the most expensive cities in the south of England, with housing prices said to be amongst the highest in the country outside London and average incomes matching it. The irony, therefore, is all the more sharpened with the crisis involving its local football club, St Albans City of the Blue Square South, where a crisis involving the clubs owners, the construction company William Verry Ltd. The irony of one of England’s most affluent cities being the home of a club that seems to lurch from occasional financial crisis to occasional financial crisis isn’t lost on the club’s supporters. St Albans City is a football club that should have it all. In the middle of a well-to-do county with few local predators (Watford and Luton Town are equally far apart and both are a bit of a pain to get to, while Stevenage Borough are miles away on the opposite side of the county), they should be able to attract a decent support. This isn’t the way that things have worked out, though. The club has always suffered from something of an image problem, and the glittering lights...

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