Tag: Truro City

Truro City FC Takes Its Final Steps Towards The Gallows

They were the trailblazers, the team from the wilds of Cornwall who could afford to fly to games and who rose quickly from nowhere with ambitions of flying straight up to the Football League. But Truro City wanted too much, too soon and found that ambition without solid financial foundations burns far more quickly than the sun. Today, however, a club with 123 years of history was expelled from the Football Conference, and is now set to plummet down through the leagues with the only thinnest parachutes to catch them. Like their dysfunctional cousin Kettering Town, also about to finally lose grip on the window sill and join the fall, Truro are victims of abuse, financial mismanagement, broken promises and warped logic from so-called businessmen who lost sight of the words ‘Football Club’ at the end of the team’s name. Last Thursday, as storms lashed the south-western peninsular, swirling winds carried mixed messages from Cornwall and from the Conference to Twitter. First the club were saved, the bond required to show they might be able to continue had been paid. Next the bond had been paid but the cheque hadn’t cleared. Hopes were raised and spirits soared, only for the winds to drop and send them falling once again as news of the failure of the administrators attempts to pacify the Football Conference became apparent. By 8pm BBC Cornwall and the...

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Five Days To Take The First Steps Towards Saving Truro City

It went to the wire and it would be a stretch to say that the club has been saved yet, but Truro City of the Blue Square Bet South were at least given a stay of execution at the end of last week when the Football Conference allowed the club a further seven days in order to find a £50,000 bond in order to ensure its membership of the league. The club had been threatened with expulsion from the league – a scenario which surely would have led to its liquidation – had it not been able to pay this bond by the leagues deadline of 5pm on Thursday afternoon, but confusion subsequently reigned with contradictory messages from different sources suggesting that the club either had or hadn’t paid this money to the league. Eventually, after an emergency meeting, the league confirmed that an extension had been granted, but the warning from the league was a stark as could be with an official statement saying that, “If the club fails to meet this deadline, the Board will be obliged to consider the club’s further participation in the Competition.” An opportunity to raise a little money passed Truro City by yesterday because its home league match against Dover Athletic had been postponed last week in order, according to the leagues statement on that particular subject on Thursday evening, “To avoid...

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One Positive And Many Negatives For Truro City

It took until the first match of October, but at least the players of Truro City have something to be proud of this evening. A 2-1 win against Bath City at Treyew Road lift the team, which was docked ten points earlier this season after collapsing into administration, into a points tally for the season. They remain at the foot of the Blue Square Bet South table, but at the moment, as has been documented on these pages before, at the time of writing the clubs league position is more or less the last of the clubs worries, and the end of last week the Football Conference was finally provoked into action by the desperateness of the clubs position.The Administrator and her Advisor have been advised by the Football Conference that, to be guaranteed the Club’s continued membership of the Competition, the Football Conference Board requires the Administrator to satisfy certain criteria by 5.00pm on Thursday 11th October 2012. An offer for the club is now on the table from the clubs former manager Steve Massey. Massey, who managed the club between 2004 and 2006, seems unlikely to be able to act alone in saving the club, and he has called upon others that have expressed an interest in buying the club to come together to work with him to form a consortium with a view to saving the...

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Are Truro City Bringing Us The First Relegation Of The New Season?

A crowd of 329 people turned out at Treyew Road yesterday afternoon to see Truro City beat Boreham Wood by two goals to nil in the Blue Square Bet South, but it seems unlikely that events on the pitch made for too much of the discussion amongst the clubs supporters. As has seemed to frequently been the case over the last year or so, goings-on in the boardroom have been hogging the headlines at this particular club, with Fridays announcement that it is to enter into administration throwing the future of Cornwalls most successful non-league club into doubt. Yet this decision is not particularly surprising. Much of the news coming out of Truro City FC has been building towards this situation, but it was, of course, completely avoidable. The clubs announcement on the subject came on Friday afternoon, ahead of the hearing of a winding up order brought by HMRC which was to be heard on Monday over an outstanding tax debt of £15,000. The only assumption that can be drawn from this timing is that the club had no way of paying the amount of money outstanding and that to seek to defer the hearing would have merely been postponing the inevitable. The club had previously confirmed that it had secured funding to pay its players wages until the fifteenth of September, but new chairman Chris Webb has...

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Kevin Heaneys Bankruptcy Raises More Questions Than It Answers

After everything, it was a simple tweet from BBC Cornwall that confirmed the end of Kevin Heaneys ownership of Truro City FC, but even this grand finale wasn’t what many people had expected. After all the talk of winding up orders from creditors, investment groups that didn’t wish their identity to be made public, threats from unpaid players to walk away from the Blue Square Bet South club and talk regarding Heaneys health, this morning the owner of the club and former suitor of Plymouth Argyle was declared bankrupt. Yet whilst this wasn’t, in some respects, that surprising, it did add another twist to a story that has frequently bordered upon becoming impenetrable over the last few months or so. Heaney had always seemed keen to paint himself as the white knight on a charger, and it’s fair to say that Truro City would probably not be playing football at the level at which the club finds itself today without having benefited from his largesse. For a couple of years, it felt as if The Dream – such as it was – might come true, and that a Football League club for Cornwall, playing at a grand new stadium shared with the Cornish Pirates rugby club, might actually come to pass. As Truro City has creaked and groaned over the last year or so, though, this has started to...

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