‘I thought the club was dead’ - Cromer Town chairman hails community’s response to public plea to save The Crabs
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Cromer Town Football Club has confirmed it will enter a men's team to the Anglian Combination Football League next season after a lack of support led to speculation over its future.
However, despite more than a dozen volunteers registering their interest in joining a new-look committee during a crisis meeting at Cabbell Park on Tuesday night, long-serving chairman Paul Jarvis warned the club isn't safe yet.
He pointed out the club still needed to fill a number of key roles, including chairman, secretary and treasurer, as well as appoint a new manager, to replace those that are leaving.
The meeting also heard that, although the club has more than £7000 in the bank, the cost of playing next season in the First Division was estimated at around £15,000.
And it reiterated its plea to the community to help the new committee with their fundraising efforts.
Reflecting on the meeting, Mr Jarvis said: 'I'm very pleased (with the turnout) because a month ago I thought the club was dead. Now it appears that there are people prepared to stand in every position. We don't know exactly who they are or how it's going to fit together yet, but things look very positive.
'We will have discussions with them and then hope to get them together again in the near future to actually form a committee.'
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The meeting heard that the retiring office bearers, Norfolk FA and neighbouring clubs have offered their support to the new committee.
When asked if it meant the future of the club was now safe, Mr Jarvis replied: 'I'd love to be able to say that but I can't quite go that far at this point in time - but as near as.
'My hopes are that the club will continue, that they will grow from where they are now, and move back to being one of the dominant forces in senior football in Norfolk. That's where they have been for the last 'X' number of years and I think that is where they, and Cromer, deserve to be.
'While I'm not going to be involved in a day to day personal basis, I will still be looking at my computer for the results on a Saturday afternoon because they've been a long time there.'
Cromer Town Council and Cromer Chamber of Trade have voiced their support for the club in recent weeks, while former Chelsea, Norwich and Celtic striker Chris Sutton, who has links to the area, backed an appeal to Save the Crabs on Twitter.
The club's pitch was moved earlier this year to accommodate the town's new medical centre.
However, the football club has been given an assurance from North Norfolk District Council that it can remain at Cabbell Park for a further three years while a new sports facility is built at a site yet to be identified.
Anyone who can help is urged to contact the club via its website - www.pitchero.com/clubs/cromertown - or Mr Jarvis direct by calling: 01603 631201 or 07814495081. The club has also set up a new page on Facebook.