Hinckley United’s Season Goes From Bad To Worse

Ian

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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  1. Mike says:

    Again Ian, another fantastically written article. As I have mentioned on a previous Coventry post, as someone who grew up in Hinckley and lived there until 2006, I have a great deal of interest in the club and am sad to see the state of affairs it faces both off and on the pitch.

    From what I understand, the recent effort by fans to buy in to a share issue is an effort to lift the player embargo, and they have been given confirmation by the board that all funds raised by fans will be used for this purpose.

    One of my biggest gripes about this whole situation is that for me, the club has done little to nothing to appeal to the community of Hinckley and its many surrounding towns and villages to build the one thing that will ensure long-term stability – fans. Like you have mentioned, there are times when the club has attracted large crowds for ‘speciality games’, including taking on our rivals Nuneaton in the old traditional boxing day/new years home and away games. But for regular season games? 10 pounds to get in (last I went) and enjoy the ‘atmosphere’ (and theres not much else at the moment!). Why not invite school trips on the weekend to come down for free and create some interest/future fans/free publicity?? Drop the prices to bring your little brother or sister along? Give you a free pop!! ANYTHING??!!!!

    I live abroad now and still try to support the club by buying merchandise from the club shop online, but I have to say I am not so surprised that they are in such dire financial circumstances after years of stagnant business practise and uninspiring performances.

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