Crunch time in Great Yarmouth’s survival battle

The meeting which holds the key to troubled Yarmouth Town's FC survival will be held next Tuesday.

The once-proud club, which has been grappling with a mountain of problems on and off the pitch this season, has called an extraordinary general meeting in the wake of the cash and manpower crisis which is threatening the 114-year-old club's existence.

Bloaters chairman Colin Jones, who insisted that the club had to strive to be self-sufficient and not spend more than it earns, when he took over in July, admitted recently that the club is 'slowly dying.' He has warned that 'there will be some really unsavoury proposals' to be discussed at the GYTFC clubhouse on Sandown Road (7.30).

And questions are sure to be asked as to whether the club – which has one of the most distinguished histories of any of Norfolk's clubs – can continue in the Eastern Counties League which it has competed in since joining as founder-members over 75 years ago.

In a clear indication of the gravity of the current sitution there will also be discussions as to whether the club, which plays in front of the oldest football stand in the world at its Wellesley ground – can even continue to exist.

The club reached one of the all-time low points last month when manager Mike Derbyshire, who saw the budget for paying players axed within weeks of taking over, was unable to muster enough players for the trip to Wisbech – a situation he branded 'a disgrace.'

Despite his best efforts, the team which has had a phenomenal turnover of players in a short space of time, has just one win and two draws from 25 league games this term.

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Jones, who is acting club secretary as well as chairman, believes the meeting will hold the key to the club's future.

He said: 'The members of this football club own the club and therefore

it is up to them what direction the club goes in.

'I encourage all members to attend and anybody who feels they can make a valuable contribution to the future of the club to also apply to attend the meeting and express their offers, ideas and suggestions to the members of the club.'

Only club members will be entitled to vote at the meeting.

Resolutions to be discussed are:

1. Change of committee members

2. Change to club rules regarding club ownership

3. Level the club can compete at for the 2012/13 season

4. Discuss options available including dissolution

Members of the public can request to attend if they wish to be considered for a club officer role, committee position or wish to offer their services for a voluntary role such as fund-raising or commercial roles or becoming a match-day steward or helper.

There are five club officer positions: chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, treasurer and minutes secretary.

Anybody interested in applying for any of the positions or who wishes to attend the EGM must state their intention to do so within 24 hours of the meeting by writing to Jones.

Those who wish to have their views considered but are not available that evening are also welcome to provide written statements to be considered on the night.

• Jones can be contacted at colscanaries@hotmail.com or call him on 07872 121942.

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