Tag: Ebbsfleet United

More Questions Than Answers

I’ve been doing a lot of reading today. I felt kind of obliged to – after all, I was criticised in the comments section on here last night for not having done any research into the proposed take-over of Ebbsfleet United by My Football Club. To be honest with you, I’m not encouraged by the reading that I have done – in fact, what I might have described as my “mild concerns” over the long term well-being of this club have now escalated to what I can only describe as “alarm”. From what I can gather, the devil is in the detail, and the detail is, so far as I can see, something that should probably be made public. Obviously, for legal reasons I need to be careful with what I say here, so you may have to read between the lines if you’re looking for my opinion on what I’ve found, but there are certainly questions raised by the detail in these documents which the people running this little charabanc should answer, and should answer quickly. I was fortunate enough to find myself in possession of copies the following documents (all of which are, with a little digging, freely available): – The application for the registration of My Football Club Society to the FSA as an Industrial & Provident Society. – The “Operating Agreement” between My Football Club...

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Fleet Of Foot

The phrase “things are going to get worse before they get better” springs to mind when thinking of the put-upon supporters of Conference club Ebbsfleet United. During the summer, they suffered the indignity having their name of over fifty years changed from Gravesend & Northfleet to that of a soon-to-open international railway terminal, and this morning it was confirmed that 20,000 people, the vast majority of whom almost certainly know nothing whatsoever about their club, are going to be taking over as their managers. Yes, indeed. An informal agreement has been made between the website MyFootballClub and the owners of Ebbsfleet United and, subject to due diligence (which is a fancy way of saying “making no-one has been cooking the books there for the last few years to make it look like its worth more than it is”), they will shortly be taking over at the club, which is based on the south side of the Thames Estuary. The volume of interest in this is such that the club’s official website has collapsed, but a quick journey to their independent website features an interesting look at the reactions of various parties to the announcement. Unsurprisingly, the Fleet chairman, Jason Botley (presumably interviewed in the driver’s seat of his new, diamond-encrusted Bentley) is “delighted” with the new partnership – conveniently overlooking that, although they only purchased a 51% share in...

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