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Property developers and the death of non league football clubs


Personally, I think there ought to be some sort of legal restrictions on ownership of what are essentially community assets, I know supporters/clubs can apply for that status but the status doesnt seem to confer any sort of protection, the clubs often eventually get back on their feet but due to the efforts of the communities they serve (or not) but periods of extended geographical displacement are common place. Perhaps a requirement of entry to the pyramid is a community share in the club which restricts the capacity for liquidation and purchase purely for the purpose of asset stripping.

Many of theses clubs have been constants in the community for 100 years or more and when an owner buys a club not only do they buy the club and its freehold (if it is included) but they also buy responsibility for maintaing that asset in the community. In the past overseas owners when buying premiership/championship clubs didnt really get what they were buying, British football is the spectacle it is because of the passion it ignites in the fan bases and owners are merely custodians of great community based organisations on historical reflection, the classic example being Liverpools early flirtation with franchised American sports owners. There is stability now but the owners get it as they own a comparable American sports team with one of the few genuine equivalent rivalries in American sport, Liverpool v Utd is an easy and fitting comparison with Yankees v Red Socks.

Going back to non league, the level I think is open to negotiation as is the size of the facility which should be commensurate with population served but for cities such as Gloucester and Worcester not to have a community based club reflects a small minority (perhaps in local government) willfully neglecting the community they serve and the concept of sport for all, you are talking a 3000 capacity stadium and an Astro pitch that can be used 7 days a week by the whole community. I would also link it into maintaining the local youth and schools leagues for boys and girls across the city, with the club a central hub.

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Shout out to Nuneaton Youth team winning 7-2 30 minutes to go in FA Youth Cup only to loose 8-9 when things arent going your way things arent going your way!!

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Town grabbed a late 2-2 draw at home to basement Dover today. 4th still. Interesting fa cup final qualifying round match next weekend v Wrexham, dour draw last time we played them. Should be tight with big prize at stake.

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Shout out to Dunston from tier 9 playing fa cup final qualifying tomorrow with chance to reach first round proper- lowest surviving team left and also live on BBC website tomorow.

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