Farsley Celtic Are Back On The Brink


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. RichardG says:

    Couple of points. The ‘needs of the supporters’ are NOT the concern of the administrators (whether they should be is another argument entirely); as has been noted above they are legally bound to act in the best interests of the creditors, and no-one else. The supporters are merely customers of the business as would be the case in any other instance. Anyone recall Farepak?

    On a seperate note, surely it is time for the football authorities to act on the issue of clubs using HMRC as a form of overdraft. How many times do we hear of clubs in debt, where the biggest creditor is the Tax man? Remember, this is effectively stealing from the public; that’s you and me. Shouldn’t it be a condition of membership of the FA that you pay at least your tax bills on time? This seems to me to be particularly relevant these days given HMRC’s rather more ‘proactive’ stance towards football clubs in general. HMRC, I would submit, will have no qualms about forcing Portsmouth (or anyone else) into liguidation in order to maximise the recovery of tax they can secure.

  2. mick says:

    Yet another club who overspent money they ‘never had’ to get themselves into the Conference. Their rise was from several leagues below whilst at the same time not growing their home support beyond that of a Unibond / Regional Leagues club. The fans must blame the Chairman and the board.

    Anyone for Lewes, St Albans, Weymouth next ?

  3. Rex Griffin says:

    If I’m not mistaken Farsley Celtic was a members club not so long ago and certainly was since the turn of the century. The Directors who came in to take the club forward and take it from its members have done so at the expense of the club itself.The methodology for convincing the members has not been sufficient to bluff regulatory authorities. The talk of the administrators wanting their fees should surely have been agreed at the outset or is this where Farsley keep getting things wrong making assumptions that people don’t need paying. The venom that was spit at the Unibond League Committee during Spennymoors demise and Hydes subsequent promotion has come back to haunt them as the following year when promoted to conference north new levels of arrogance and contempt were displayed by several of the same failed directors. If a demotion of two leagues is what happens there’s no certainty the Northern Premier league powers that be will have them back. So North East Counties it could be for the people who believed Farsley wasn’t a grand enough title and it was only a matter of time before AFC Leeds became bigger than the United of the same city

  4. gertcha says:

    St Albans?
    Nothing to see here…..

  5. RichardG says:

    Well, they’ve gone now.

  1. March 3, 2010

    […] Farsley Celtic Are Back On The Brink “Hidden away in the back pages of a couple of local newspapers, another football club is dying. It’s a club that has been to the brink before and, unlike, other, bigger clubs that have faced financial problems this season, they haven’t exactly hogged the headlines over the last couple years or so.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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