Ilkeston Town Pay The Ultimate Price


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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4 Responses

  1. Rob Bernard says:

    I feel extremely sorry for fans of Ilkeston Town having been through the same thing as a fan of Scarborough FC. The future can be bright if the fans can energise themselves and set up the running of a new club, spending only what they can afford, rather than the boom or bust policy that has caused this awful mess.

    It does however raise another issue, and once more I have to state an interest. I think it’s wonderful that teams reform, but they must start at the bottom of the pyramid and not just drop down two divisions. It is currently no great deterent for a club and less reputable owners to go for it and throw money at achieving success. If they fail they can start again debt free and just drop down two divisions, which happens to clubs through poor performances on the pitch.

    This also leads to the clogging up of Step 5 leagues. Only one team from each step five league generally wins promotion. That means a club (and I’ll use the case of Farsley AFC here as it affect my club Scarborough Athletic) can drop down but have a head start as it has far greater resources as it’s starting from fresh with no debts. The same could be said of Scarborough Athletic when we joined Step 6, but at least two teams were promoted from that division.

    The current situation means that some step 5 leagues are as strong if not stronger than some step 4 and even the lower reaches of step 3 leagues.

    Surely the FA leagues committee can sort this out in an instance by installing the play off system across the board, even if it does mean 6 teams going up into step 4 to replace the perneial strugglers who are punching above their weight but were placed in higher leagues some time ago owing to re-organisation of the pyramid.

    Surely the idea is for stronger clubs to play at the top of the pyramid?

    Anyway, I digress. Good look to all at Ilkeston Town, especially the fans who as ever are the ones really affected by all of this.

  2. Mr Poo says:

    Is it not getting to the stage where the various leagues with pro and semi-pro clubs must put in an extra clause that requires all PAYE to be up to date before they’re allowed any points they’ve scored to be used for their league place.

    The trend of clubs pretending they’re going concerns whilst owning a relative fortune to HMRC (in other words the taxpayer), and then complaining that they’re getting wound up doesn’t seem to be diminishing.

    While there’s no real reason why the HMRC should be treated as a preferential creditor, when a club isn’t paying its taxes, it’s probably safe to say, it’s not paying smaller creditors either, and as the leagues end up with unfulfilled fixtures and a head ache, preventative action would seem prudent.

  3. Richard says:

    @Rob Bernard

    I’m surprised by your comment: “It is currently no great deterent for a club and less reputable owners to go for it and throw money at achieving success. If they fail they can start again debt free and just drop down two divisions, which happens to clubs through poor performances on the pitch.”

    How can the liquidation of a club be no great deterrant? If owners manage a club badly and it goes to the wall it is a terrible thing. Fans are left uncertain as to what the future is, players have to move on, local business suffers and so on. Liquidation benefits no one as even creditors will rarely get all of their money back. The only person who isn’t scared of liquidation is an owner who thinks nothing bad can ever happen or is up to something bad already.

    Also I think your point about clubs going all out for promotion and then re-forming a few levels down if it goes wrong, no-harm-done, is plainly wrong. No one has an additude like that. If a club is reformed it is almost always with new owners and a new attitude. Reformed clubs are almost always reformed by fans, with the purpose of having their club ‘back’ and never allowing it to be in financial difficulty ever again.

    I am a Chester fan and have seen this very situation first hand. I really cannot understand your attitude towards our club. The liquidation was an awful experience, yet through it we have something which is a million times better than the old club. We’re a community club, benefitting the local area, rather than bringing it down. And HMRC will be very happy that we pay what we owe now, surely that’s better than owing in the first place?

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