Salisbury consortium battle on amid Sydenhams League links

Salisbury consortium battle on amid Sydenhams League links

Salisbury consortium battle on amid Sydenhams League links

First published in Sport

THE consortium board trying to save Salisbury City say they are not throwing in the towel yet as they continue to seek justice.

In a statement on the club’s Facebook page, the consortium board of five local business owners said: “Contrary to any speculation or unofficial source, the club are determined to seek justice through the courts to restore ownership and seek reinstatement into the Conference South.”

The statement said they commended Mr Justice Mann, who they appeared before in the High Court on Thursday, for trying to help the club and spending two hours trying to “unravel the dire mess the club have been put in”.

Although the board failed to achieve their objective of immediate ownership, they were granted a number of injunctions against Moroccan businessman Otail Touzar, preventing him from disposing of shares in the club and preventing him from exercising any power over the club.

The statement said: “In summing up Mr Mann said there was a clear case of fraudulent misrepresentation by Touzar and aired his surprise at the FA’s decision not to allow us into the appeal process when there was a clear case for the current board of directors to be recognised as legitimate owners.

“We accept, with the season kicking off today, this is far from an ideal situation, but we have no intention of throwing in the towel. We are determined to ensure justice prevails and relevant parties who have hindered and obstructed us are legally brought to account.”

The board plan to make a further appeal to the High Court this Thursday but, with the season now underway, the club’s future is still unclear.

Should the Conference South route be blocked, there is still a chance of Salisbury making a late entrance into the Sydenhams Wessex League whose top flight kicked off with 21 clubs last week – one short of capacity.

SWL chairman Ian Hoare went on record over the weekend saying: “We have not been approached by anyone at Salisbury City, but my understanding is that they have been in contact with the FA.

“The simple answer is, yes, we have a space and, yes, if we can pass the idea through our member clubs then it is something we would certainly consider.

“Our Premier Division is running a club light, so Salisbury could easily slot in. It’s a frustration that one team has to have a Saturday doing nothing when they would prefer to be playing, so it solves an issue our end.

“It wouldn’t be ideal for them to join a number of weeks after we’ve started, but it’s a possibility.

“They’re a local club and it’s sad to see what’s happened, but time is ticking – the longer they leave it, the less chance there is of them joining.”

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7:54pm Sun 10 Aug 14

lastminmoran says...

The sad thing is that non-league football has for a long time now been open season for www.crooks a plenty.com! look how many famous clubs and grounds have gone! and to add the evil of match-fixing!!!!it follows the same pattern with creepy smiles and bold promises...,and the wonderful refuge for people on smaller incomes,and football romantics are also left high and dry!!IF ONLY THE POWERS THAT BE WERE MORE SUPPORTIVE! not to mention strict in who buys into these clubs!! AND more than ever a return to the pre- fa trophy days..The rise of supporter trusts is one way,and it has to be said many clubs Salisbury included overeach!!!!the club were crying out for support last year,and it could be because its not around for clubs of that size anymore. you just have to be tight knit and well loved by those that care the most!.. its not lack of ambition, city and perhaps Eastleigh would drown in the football league. Eveybody involved in non- football, must get back to its roots!! and anywAy look what a club like Sholing achieved in a word AMAZING!! LETS GET BACK TO WHAT NON-LEAGUE IS ALL ABOUT.REAL LOCAL FOOTBALL FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO NOT FOLLOW THE HERD.GOOD LUCK SALISBURY CITY.
The sad thing is that non-league football has for a long time now been open season for www.crooks a plenty.com! look how many famous clubs and grounds have gone! and to add the evil of match-fixing!!!!it follows the same pattern with creepy smiles and bold promises...,and the wonderful refuge for people on smaller incomes,and football romantics are also left high and dry!!IF ONLY THE POWERS THAT BE WERE MORE SUPPORTIVE! not to mention strict in who buys into these clubs!! AND more than ever a return to the pre- fa trophy days..The rise of supporter trusts is one way,and it has to be said many clubs Salisbury included overeach!!!!the club were crying out for support last year,and it could be because its not around for clubs of that size anymore. you just have to be tight knit and well loved by those that care the most!.. its not lack of ambition, city and perhaps Eastleigh would drown in the football league. Eveybody involved in non- football, must get back to its roots!! and anywAy look what a club like Sholing achieved in a word AMAZING!! LETS GET BACK TO WHAT NON-LEAGUE IS ALL ABOUT.REAL LOCAL FOOTBALL FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO NOT FOLLOW THE HERD.GOOD LUCK SALISBURY CITY. lastminmoran
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7:58pm Sun 10 Aug 14

lastminmoran says...

EVERYBODY INVOLVED IN NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL MUST GET BACK TO ITS ROOTS!!!sorry for capitals!
EVERYBODY INVOLVED IN NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL MUST GET BACK TO ITS ROOTS!!!sorry for capitals! lastminmoran
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