Tag: Weymouth

Weymouth Football Club Read The Last Rites

Weymouth Football Club might have finally reached the end of the line. The tragedy of Weymouth, however, is likely to be that the town will be left without a football stadium rather than it being temporarily without a football club.

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Trouble Brewing At The Wessex Stadium, Yet Again

There’s an “R” in the month, so Blue Square South club Weymouth must be having another financial crisis. This time, though, with the chairman and the manager having quit, they’re planning what feels like a last throw of the dice to keep the club alive.

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Wringing The Weymouth Business Community Dry

One of the most curious aspects of the ongoing crises at Weymouth Football Club over the last couple of years has been that every time the club has got into trouble, someone has called on “local businessmen” to bail the club out. This line was trotted out again this week by their new incumbent chairman Ian Ridley after The Terras slid out of the Blue Square Premier last week after three seasons. Ridley returned the club, where he had previously been involved (brilliantly documented in his book about his time there, “Floodlit Dreams”), after the removal of… too many different people in too short a space of time. The club has sailed close to the edge over the last couple of years on several occasions now, and every time one starts to think that they may be out of the woods they seem to slide very quickly back into trouble. Ridley has to make some very harsh decisions about the future of the club. They are believed to be half a million pounds in debt at the moment and Ridley has put the cost of relegation at £100,000. The club issued shares in the hope of raising some much-needed funds, but the reaction was disappointing and the future of the club remains in some danger. Where Ridley seems misguided is in his hope that, yet again, “local businessmen” will...

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Weymouth & Walter Mitty

Some of you will be familiar with a short story called “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty”. Written by James Thurber shortly before the start of World War II, it is the story of a downtrodden, middle-aged man who escapes from the drudgery of his life by escaping into the fantasy world of his imagination. The story was catapulted into being one of the most famous short stories ever written when it was made into a film starring Danny Kaye, and Mitty’s name has become synonymous with fantasists and, somewhat disingenuously, since Mitty’s adventures were always confined to the boundaries of his imagination, with serial liars. Football has had its share too – Michael Knighton famously ran onto the pitch at Old Trafford in the belief that he had bought Manchester United for £10m, whilst Spencer Trethewy managed to get himself onto “Wogan” while running Aldershot into the ground with promises of money that he didn’t have. In the case of Stephen Beer, however, it seems as if the nickname is wholly appropriate. He wandered into the limelight when he appeared from out of nowhere with an audacious attempt to buy into Weymouth Football Club last week. There was one small problem with his interest, though. He didn’t have anything like the backing to see it through. The case of Weymouth is something that we have covered on here...

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Match Of The Week: Weymouth 0-9 Rushden & Diamonds

“This was not a football match”, wrote The Non-League Paper’s Chris Dunlavy this morning, “this was a snuff movie”, and never have truer words been spoken. Weymouth Football Club, battered and broken, were forced to field a youth team for their home BSP match against Rushden & Diamonds yesterday, and it was a foregone conclusion that they would lose this match. There is an irony, however, which means that the entire day wasn’t a complete dead loss. The result shone out from all others in the Saturday evening round-ups, and since yesterday evening messages of goodwill have been flooding into the club. It remains uncertain whether they will be able to complete the season and the vultures continue to circle overhead with their eyes fixed firmly on their ground. However, the pride shown by everybody at the club yesterday afternoon hints – just a glimmer of a hint, but a hint nevertheless – at a brighter future for them. How did this come to pass, then? Weymouth’s players put in a fourteen notice to the club the week before last, having not been paid yet this year. However, this notice doesn’t expire until next Tuesday. One might have expected the players to have put in one final performance, but the club had reportedly allowed stopped paying for the players’ insurance, so the youth team had to turn out instead....

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