Weymouth Football Club Read The Last Rites

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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9 Responses

  1. mick says:

    Like many, I only became really aware of Weymouth through Ian Ridley’s book. I’ve kept half an eye on develoments since but would love to know what happened since to the people featured in the book. Where are the Park Engineering guys? McGowan, Harrison et al and what happened since.

    New book maybe?

  2. mick says:

    Spent years trying to get promoted back to the Conference and immediately turned full-time on achieving this……..as you say “chasing a pot of gold”…..shame really because so many other BSP/BSN/BSS clubs who have done just the same have managed to wriggle free

  3. Paul says:

    If you recall they were featured in a excellent series of Sunday evening documentaries on BBC2 entitled ‘Football Diaries’ shortly after Ian Ridley took over the reins. About the time Steve Claridge was appointed manager and before Ridley wrote ‘Floodlit Dreams – How to Save a Football Club’.

  4. Steve says:

    It’s always sad to see a team going under, but it is perhaps a necessary evil for the sport. If clubs continue to be bailed out, they will continue to be irresponsible. Hopefully, although I somewhat doubt it, this will ‘encourage the others’.

    I agree the real tragedy is the loss of the stadium. Once it is lost it will be a long, hard battle to get another one for any team that emerges in the future.

  5. David Howell says:

    I was a Weymouth resident for two-thirds of my life, and still occasionally call the town home. The first match I ever went to was at the Wessex Stadium, when my brother’s primary school were giving away free kids’ tickets for a game with Yate Town in January… 1995, there or thereabouts. It was so cold, and the stadium so ramshackle, we left at half-time, and it’s still the only competitive football match of any significance I’ve ever actually been to.

    To think that a town of 60,000 with nowhere bigger for twenty miles in any direction cannot sustain a football club is nothing short of astonishing. These days, I work in Basildon – double the size of Weymouth, yet with no local club of any scale. Even then, there’s the paper-thin excuse of everyone supporting the London clubs and West Ham in particular because the town was literally built as an East End exodus. Weymouth doesn’t even have that excuse – it’s about eighty miles to the nearest Championship ground now that Soton have been relegated.

    As it is, it’s now fairly obvious that there’ll be an Asda on the site in five years’ time. The people of Weymouth have frankly demonstrated they’re happy with that state of affairs; living now in a town with four 24-hour hypermarkets and no professional football club, I fail to understand how.

  6. Martin says:

    So ASDA will claim another victory for grocery market share over sporting tradition.

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