Tag: Weymouth

Weymouth FC & The Nature Of A “Community Club”

There have been few phrases that have slipped more perniciously into the lexicon of British football in recent years as “community club”. It is a phrase that rolls off the tongue easily, which offers a comforting mental image of a football club doing precisely what it should do, engaging with its community, playing a positive role with local people and, above all else, not being run by rapacious businessmen who would seek to take it for all it has before leaving it to wither and die when it has served its purpose. One person’s idea of what a “community club”, however, might differ very much from somebody else’s and these definitions are currently being tested by an ongoing debate at a club that has graced these pages more than once in the past – Weymouth Football Club, of the Southern League Premier Division. The trials and tribulations of this club over the last decade or so could take us all night to explain, but it should suffice to say that the club finally seemed to have reached some degree of harmony last year with a new shareholding structure which limited any individual to a 7.5% ownership of the club. It wasn’t the holy grail of a club being run by its Supporters Trust as an Industrial & Provident Society (IPS) in which each member has one vote with the...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 22-04-2012

It’s the penultimate week of the non-league season, and while most of the championship issues have now been resolved there are still relegation places to be filled at the bottom of many of the tables. We’ve got a mixture of the top and the bottom of the tables for you this evening, kicking off with the bottom of the Blue Square Premier. The relegation places are already decided, but AFC Telford United went into their final home match of the season looking to boost their league position with a win against Grimsby Town, while Newport County prepared for their forthcoming FA Trophy final with a home match against Alfreton Town and Forest Green Rovers played already relegated Darlington. In the Blue Square Bet South, meanwhile, champions Woking were at home against Truro City, whilst at the bottom of the table Farnborough and Havant & Waterlooville both went into their match at Cherrywood Road needing a win to avoid relegation from the division. Finally, we’re off to the Southern League Premier Division, where Weymouth needed a win against Hitching Town in order to guarantee avoiding relegation themselves. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these matches. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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George Rolls Unites Kettering And Weymouth In Suspicion

How are the supporters of a football club to judge a new owner? Perhaps the answer to that is the question of how desperate for a new owner they are, but even in the most extreme of circumstances, one common theme of recent years has been that supporters have been more prepared to carry out their own due diligence on those that turn up, out of the blue, promising to repair their clubs. And rightly so. Why¬†should someone with no – or, at best, very little – prior interest in a football club turn up there intending to run it? What could their motives for doing so possibly be? This is an especially pertinent question when we are talking about the lower divisions and non-league football, where profits for even the most prudent of owners are likely to be minimal. In view of this, it is only fair to ask the question of why another serial football club owner, George Rolls, should have decided to quit Weymouth Football Club of the Southern League Premier Division to take over the ownership of troubled Blue Square Premier club Kettering Town, which, he confirmed this evening to BBC London’s Caroline Barker, should be completed by the end of this week. And perhaps even more pressingly than this, why is he taking ownership of this club and leaving Dorset barely a couple of...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 15/01/2012

This week’s non-league videos of the week features four matches from the Second Round of the FA Trophy. With only thirty-two teams left in the competition at this stage, the scent of a Wembley final is starting to drift into the air, and our four matches tonight feature twenty-five goals. First up is a match between two clubs that are owned by their supporters, as Ebbsfleet United of the Blue Square Premier play Chester of the Northern Premier League. Our second match sees Salisbury City, of the Blue Square South, play another Blue Square Premier Club, York City. Third up is the match between Dartford and Boston United, and finally Weymouth are at home against Alfreton Town. Our thanks go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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