Day: December 31, 2010

Spare A Thought At The New Year For Ryton FC

First of all, we would quickly like to take to opportunity to thank everybody that has stopped by at this site during 2010, and to wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2011. To finish off this year, we’re grateful to Michael Hudson, who is reporting for us on the subject of ongoing financial problems at Ryton FC of the Northern League. Hopefully we won’t have too many more of these stories next year! Things were looking good for Ryton FC. From a village on the westernmost edge of Gateshead, the club had managed to survive a second year in the top flight of the Northern League despite the handicap of some of the lowest attendances in the 42-team league. There was also the excitement of a run to the final of the Durham County Challenge Cup, which they narrowly lost to Billingham Synthonia. Secretary Ken Rodger used the club’s raised profile to attract several promises of sponsorship over the summer, setting the team’s budget accordingly, but the cash never came.  “We’ve sent letters and invoices to people who promised that they would sponsor the club, but we’ve heard nothing back from them,” Rodger told the Northern Echo in mid-September. Manager Barry Fleming and assistant Paul Brown were the first to go. “Both signified they would find it difficult to continue in their roles because of the financial...

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The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2010, Part Two: Off The Pitch

If 2010 ended up being frequently forgettable on the pitch, then away from it we saw a year which combined the good, the bad and the ugly in almost equal measures. The year began with the faint scent of revolution in the air. Old Trafford was revolting, but would anything come of it? The answer, as it turned out, was no and, although season ticket sales at Manchester United during the summer were sluggish and the famed waiting list for season tickets all but evaporated, the Green & Gold protests can be deemed now to have broadly been a failure. Wearing a scarf was worth nothing while the money continued to flow into the club through people attending United’s home matches. Forty-odd miles up the M62, a protest that was to become more vehement was taking place at Liverpool. The saga of Gillett and Hicks, their extraction from Anfield and RBS’s sale of the club to John W Henry’s New England Sports Ventures was the football story of the autumn but, while all concerned with levering the sale through seemed keen to play up to the notion that the supporters of the club had been critical, what difference did they really make? And will NESV turn out to be little more of a case of, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss”? It may or may not...

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