Tag: Farsley Celtic

Farsley Celtic Are Back On The Brink

Hidden away in the back pages of a couple of web sites, 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.

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Farsley Celtic Fold – Well, Nearly.

Well, it was yet another miraculous escape for a non-league club which, by any degree of rational thinking, didn’t fully deserve to pull through. Farsley Celtic had been a tale of too much too soon, and their recent difficulties reached a dramatic conclusion late yesterday afternoon when the club’s administrators, Mazars, announced that they could no longer justify running the club as going concerned, locked the club out of The Throstle Nest and locked the gates. It seemed that the death of the club was nigh and their home league match against Stalybridge Celtic in the Blue Square North was called off, but this afternoon an unnamed consortium stepped in and paid the £200,000 required to keep the club alive. The match is back on, and the club has been saved for now. Farsley, it seems, overspent in the rush to get into the Blue Square Premier. They lasted just one division in the top division of non-league football, and have been in state of perpetual crisis since they fell back after just one year. Playing in front of dwindling crowds, the club has failed to make ends meet ever since. At the start of July they were issued with a winding up petition from HMRC over an unpaid tax bill and were set to be expelled from non-league football before they won a reprieve and a ten point...

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Celtic Out – The Biggest Casualty Of The Summer (So Far)

It was as rapid as it was unexpected. Farsley Celtic thought that they had dodged the bullet of a High Court winding up order brought by HMRC. They were forced into administration by the Australian brewing giant Coors – another one of their creditors – earlier this week to prevent the winding up order from going through today, but the Football Conference threw a curve ball at them has thrown them into an – if anything – even more serious crisis than the one that they were already in. They were notified this morning that they were to be demoted from the Blue Square North for falling into insolvency between the league’s AGM and the start of the season. It isn’t the first time that this has happened, but there is an added sting in the tail for Farsley Celtic. The semi professional leagues have already announced their fixtures for the coming season. Farsley Celtic have no league to drop into. This isn’t a merely an issue that will surely now result in the closure of a club that was playing Blue Square Premier football just two years ago. It also causes the lower reaches of the English football pyramid a headache. Do they start next season’s Blue Square North with an odd number of clubs? This would almost certainly cause complaints. Someone would have a free weekend every...

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Celtic On The Brink – No, Not That One

The icy touch of the Grim Reaper threatens to blow across non-league football yet again this summer with the news that Farsley Celtic of the Blue Square North face a winding up order at the hands of Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs on Wednesday over an unpaid tax bill said to be in excess of £200,000. Farsley merited a mention on here once before over talk of their intention to change their name to “AFC Leeds” in an attempt to boost the support in the city that they inhabit. It didn’t happen, and it remains unknown whether such a decision would have made that much difference with regards to their salvation. What we know for sure, however, is that this is another example of a club managing a combination of bad management with a small amount of somewhat bad luck. Farsley have been an example of a small club that has over-extended itself. They were members of the Yorkshire League and the North East Counties League until the formation of a second division for the Northern Premier League in 1987. They were promoted into the Football Conference via the play-offs in 2007 but lasted just one season (with all the attendant financial strains that such a promotion brings upon a club of limited means and a comparatively small support) before being relegated back into the Conference North, and it...

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