Norfolk football club could close unless new committee members are found

Wymondham Town Football Club at King's Head Meadow. Wymondham Town Football Club at King's Head Meadow.

Friday, February 14, 2014
6:00 AM

A football club could be forced to shut down unless new committee members can be found to save it after figures revealed it lost more than £8,000 over a two year period.

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Wymondham Town Football Club may only have a month left before it has to shut down after racking up debts of nearly £3,000, which it does not have the money to pay off.

That is the warning from Andy Gardiner, the town council’s representative on the club committee, who has called a meeting at the club’s Kings Head Meadow home at 11am on February 22 with the aim of recruiting more people to help with the club’s running.

Mr Gardiner, whose involvement is as a Wymondham resident and independent of the council, said there had been problems with some of the accounting at the club which meant that financial records were incomplete, adding that the treasurer reported there was just £83 left in the bank and £200 in the bar float.

Figures showed that over a two year period, the club had a turnover of £125,381 and made a loss of £8,001.

“I hope that we are able to form a really good committee and I am looking for people to really start a groundswell to really get that club run properly, which is how any good community facility should be run,” Mr Gardiner added.

He said he wanted to preserve the club for future generations and the town’s younger generation, adding that the club had become an established part of the community during its 129 year history.

The treasurer, Emma Chambers, said her predecessor Tony Sheldrake had to give up the role due to ill health in December 2012 and that the accounts had not been completed properly during the six month period before she took over the position in May.

She explained there was no one reason why the club had got into so much debt - “just spending more than we have got,” she said.

She said the organisations the club owed money to included insurance and gas companies, HM Revenue and Customs and a brewery.

“We had six people at the last committee meeting, when a couple of years ago there were 18,” she said.

“It is a struggle to have all the jobs covered by that few people and we obviously need the money and the people who can help.”

The meeting will be at the clubhouse.

2 comments

  • A couple of years ago there were 18 members on the committee - this might be accurate in names of people who were "on the committee" and wanted to tell everyone about it, but it was down to the 4-5 people who done all the work week in week out you can only get so much out of people when you constantly kick people in the teeth, and the club has had plenty of money and made a profit until tony sheldrake (former treasurer) suffered his ill health because of his tight controls over the purse strings, money has now been dwindled down to 84 quid in the bank I would suggest someone somewhere is or has been on the take, address this first and you might get committee members back who can meaningfully help the club. My association with the club until around 3 yrs ago was 20 yrs strong and it saddens me the club are struggling but I'm afraid it's a case of too many good ideas and no one to implement them. Has been the case for years I'm afraid.

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    Wymondham town saviour

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • In my youth I played for a club over in Cambridgeshire that suffered a similar fate. We were almost single-handedly run by one guy who had a complete handle on everything, when he fell ill it all started to fall apart. Eventually, we the players had to take control of our own destiny and act as the committee for a season. For some of us who perhaps weren't first team regulars, it gave us a new found sense of worth, we became far more valuable to our village as committee members than we ever were as players. We negotiated recovery plans will all the people we owed money, then set about organising fund raising events such as fete's, its a knockout tournaments, talent shows, kids football gala's, car boot sales, discos, BBQ's etc and within 18 months we had paid off all our debts, bought new goal posts and nets, refurbished the showers, bought new strip sofr teh first team and reserves and had a lot more community spirit about the club too. Wymondham can turn this around, the trouble is it needs someone who can lead the project and finding someone sufficiently motivated to put a lot of their own time and effort into it for the first season is no mean feat.

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    Lucioperca

    Friday, February 14, 2014

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