Baldock Stare Down The Barrel Of A Gun, Again

When a football club folds, it requires a lot of hard work from a lot people to get a new club up and running. The excellent work of Supporters Direct and the still rapidly growing supporters trust movement has been invaluable in providing a network of people with practical experience that can help those that are starting again from scratch to negotiate their way through the minefield of getting back to simply having a football club again. It wasn’t, however, always this easy and it is only in the last seven or eight years that the notion of a “new” club being run by those that love it the most has gained any significant hold in the psyche of British football. Prior to that, it was, for most supporters, largely to be hoped that local grandees or those in a position to be able or willing to start a new club. Sometimes, as at, for example, Aldershot Town, this worked, given time. At other clubs, however, it has proved to be more problematic. Baldock Town Football Club had a troubled history. The club first joined the Hertfordshire Senior County League in 1921, but folded four years later, rejoining for one season in 1946 before resigning from the league again a year later. The club finally began to make progess in the mid-1970s, playing in the South Midlands and United...

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