Spare A Thought At The New Year For Ryton FC

First of all, we would quickly like to take to opportunity to thank everybody that has stopped by at this site during 2010, and to wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2011. To finish off this year, we’re grateful to Michael Hudson, who is reporting for us on the subject of ongoing financial problems at Ryton FC of the Northern League. Hopefully we won’t have too many more of these stories next year! Things were looking good for Ryton FC. From a village on the westernmost edge of Gateshead, the club had managed to survive a second year in the top flight of the Northern League despite the handicap of some of the lowest attendances in the 42-team league. There was also the excitement of a run to the final of the Durham County Challenge Cup, which they narrowly lost to Billingham Synthonia. Secretary Ken Rodger used the club’s raised profile to attract several promises of sponsorship over the summer, setting the team’s budget accordingly, but the cash never came.  “We’ve sent letters and invoices to people who promised that they would sponsor the club, but we’ve heard nothing back from them,” Rodger told the Northern Echo in mid-September. Manager Barry Fleming and assistant Paul Brown were the first to go. “Both signified they would find it difficult to continue in their roles because of the financial...

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