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News from Chester etc

Post  hirwaunman on Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:13 am

We are, of course, far from alone in having financial problems. It's now reported that Chester and their Chief Executive have parted company because of the club's precarious financial situation and Hartlepool are in an even worse position. It's widely accepted that most League Two clubs and below are struggling financially.

Lower and non-League football is an important part of the heritage of the UK. Many clubs, like ours, have a long history and respected place in the lives of local communities. These clubs play an important role in nurturing young, talented players - especially late developers who have escaped the attention of scouts or previously been discarded by big clubs. Lower tier clubs also provide a significant role in allowing older players to remain in the game, either on the field or in managerial or coaching roles from which they may progress the higher levels.  

The game at our level is financially starved and many clubs are kept going only by the sustained, heroic efforts of fans like ours.  Yet at the higher level, there has never been so much money in the game and words like 'ridiculous' and 'obscene' come readily in considering transfer fees and wages. It is true to say that the sort of sums Premiership players spend on a single night out would be critical in keeping some lower league clubs afloat.

It's time that the question was urgently addressed of allowing significantly more football income to trickle down to the lower levels. It would be an investment that would benefit the game as whole and allow football to be enjoyed at a more local level without the constant money worries that seem to affect almost all clubs at League Two level or below sooner or later.

Maybe Supporters Direct or someone, anyone, could lead some kind of grass-roots petition or other means of pressure to bring a more equitable distribution of the funds that the beautiful game now brings in.


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Post  Boz1964 on Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:05 am

A very well written post that sums up not the inequalities in football but British Society too.

With the exception of our Welsh Clubs of course- who have helped our Club.


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