Divided They Fall: The Fight For Gainsborough Trinity’s Northolme

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. Mystified & Ancient Order of Normal says:

    If the investor is not going to sell the ground at some point down the line, why is he making such a fuss about who owns it ?

    One look at Truro City should send the supporters of GTFC scurrying into the Blues Club and putting up the barricades. Never, ever sell the ground to anyone, it is the foundation of the club, sell it and the club will crumble.

  2. @TomSnee says:

    A good summary of the current predicament. A few things to add in there;

    – Swann has said all along that he will leave the club “as he found it” in terms of finance. Providing he sticks to that promise, the club *should* be able to sustain Blue Square North football, but with a wage bill more consistent with a lower mid-table finish.

    – PS has also mad it clear that he wants the club to own the ground, rather than it belonging to a third party. Quite what his role would be if not a third party is unclear.

    – Steve Housham is a rare breed – a manager at that level who was born and lives in the town of the club he manages. He’s a passionate fan of the club and proud of his town (into which Swann has also attempted to invest with mixed results), so while it is true to say that he isn’t entirely independent, his comments come more from that angle than as an employee of Swann’s.

  3. James Edge says:

    Who gains personally from the sale? The committee?

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