Merthyr & Daylight Robbery


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Paul Evans says:

    Hope everything goes OK. From all at Wrexham FC

  2. Goose says:

    Best wishes from a Whitby Town supporter. Franchising stinks.

  3. Barry Lenton says:

    Jon Caple has been keeping us informed about developments throughout the season. As many Merthyr fans will know, Marine and Merthyr have had links for a few years now, thanks to Jon’s time at Liverpool University and Merthyr gave us ten pairs of boots for our collection for Africa a few months ago. Their fans have also supported us at several home games and we were proud to let the massive Dial M For Merthyr flag fly high behind the goal at our ground. They also won the raffle for a signed LFC football which they raffled themselves to raise money for the campaign. If there is anything practical that we can do to help Merthyr then I will help you on behalf of Marine.
    As for precedents, the only thing I can help you with is that the situation may be a little different than at Wimbledon as I thought that Wimbledon had no ground to play at when they were taken over. Merthyr, on the other hand, have, although it is council owned. One thing we could all do is to write to the council and let them know how important a football club is to the town-not just for those who live there but for the non-League community in general. A football club raises the profile of a town. Merthyy, in particular, needs a football club otherwise the town itself may see itself in terminal decline and there may not even be a need for half of the council members to exist!

  4. Martin says:

    Don’t worry. When franchising happened to us we were told it was because of our “unique circumstances” and wouldn’t happen again to any other club…

  5. mair arthur says:

    I am truly sorry for the current state of affairs in the club…but sorrier still that i am owed a substantial amount of money by the club with no way of retrieving it…no one person is man enough on the board to answer a phone call!!My business is small and the debt owed has crippled my business..

  1. July 23, 2010

    […] managed to run up a debt of over half a million pounds, leaving the club in administration, and his aborted suggestion to merge the club, and move it to England left a bad taste in the mouth. The club’s Trust – Martyrs To The Cause – spent months trying […]

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