Celtic On The Brink – No, Not That One

The icy touch of the Grim Reaper threatens to blow across non-league football yet again this summer with the news that Farsley Celtic of the Blue Square North face a winding up order at the hands of Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs on Wednesday over an unpaid tax bill said to be in excess of £200,000. Farsley merited a mention on here once before over talk of their intention to change their name to “AFC Leeds” in an attempt to boost the support in the city that they inhabit. It didn’t happen, and it remains unknown whether such a decision would have made that much difference with regards to their salvation. What we know for sure, however, is that this is another example of a club managing a combination of bad management with a small amount of somewhat bad luck. Farsley have been an example of a small club that has over-extended itself. They were members of the Yorkshire League and the North East Counties League until the formation of a second division for the Northern Premier League in 1987. They were promoted into the Football Conference via the play-offs in 2007 but lasted just one season (with all the attendant financial strains that such a promotion brings upon a club of limited means and a comparatively small support) before being relegated back into the Conference North, and it...

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