Clubs reject Salisbury City bid to join Sydenham League

Clubs reject Salisbury City bid to join Sydenham League

Clubs reject Salisbury City bid to join Sydenham League

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SYDENHAMS League clubs have voted unanimously to reject Salisbury City's application to join the Wessex ranks.

With the consent of the Football Association, the league called an extraordinary general meeting after being contacted by Salisbury’s legal owner Otail Touzar about a possible late entry into the league, which kicked off at the start of August.

But not a single Wessex club voted in favour of allowing in Salisbury, whose very existence is under threat following their expulsion from the Football Conference.

A consortium, led by chief executive officer Paul Smith, are trying to wrestle back control of the Wiltshire club from Moroccan businessman Touzar.

That included a revisit to High Court on Tuesday but the case was adjourned after Mr Touzar’s request for more time was granted.

Next week  the troubled club face a winding-up petition over unpaid taxes.

An SWL statement issued after Wednesday’s EGM at Totton & Eling Sports Club read: “The Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) was approached by Salisbury City, with the agreement of the Football Association, with regard to the club joining the league, despite the season having commenced, to assist the club in playing competitive football.

“The league has met with the club but cannot see that the club has a structure in place, on or off the pitch, to compete in the league, whilst the on-going court cases place a question mark over any long term involvement with the league.

“The league, along with its clubs, has therefore rejected the club’s application."

Winchester City’s director of football, Dave Malone, welcomed the result of the vote – albeit that, as a former Salisbury director, he does not want the Whites to go down the pan.

“Thankfully common sense prevailed!” he said.

“It’s a great pity Salisbury City now look doomed for this season.

“The league officials, to their credit, had looked diligently at their application but, quite obviously, there are far too many pitfalls for the league and its members to accept them this season.

“My suggestion is that Salisbury get their house in order, where possible, then make a further application for next season.

“I’m sure most of us would welcome a properly run club of their stature if they are able to do so.”

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8:39am Fri 29 Aug 14

S Pance says...

The people responsible for this mess are the people who sold the club to Otail Touzar without doing any checks.
The people responsible for this mess are the people who sold the club to Otail Touzar without doing any checks. S Pance
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10:04am Fri 29 Aug 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

Why would a "Morroccan businessman" be interested in Salisbury City FC anyway? Football is a joke now. Nothing that made it a great sport is left any more. Why do people still pay a fortune to watch a 90 minute cheats ballet? The game we loved has gone.
Why would a "Morroccan businessman" be interested in Salisbury City FC anyway? Football is a joke now. Nothing that made it a great sport is left any more. Why do people still pay a fortune to watch a 90 minute cheats ballet? The game we loved has gone. MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 3

7:13pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Zexagon says...

S Pance wrote:
The people responsible for this mess are the people who sold the club to Otail Touzar without doing any checks.
Weren't they in a mess already?
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: The people responsible for this mess are the people who sold the club to Otail Touzar without doing any checks.[/p][/quote]Weren't they in a mess already? Zexagon
  • Score: 1

4:17am Sat 30 Aug 14

Babylon51 says...

The trouble is that there is too much money needed to turn a football club at that level. Even clubs at Hampshire Premier level struggle to survive as players don't want to contribute any subscriptions to play and sponsors are few and far. Wessex and above, players want to be paid so unless a club can get enough spectators through the gate, they will struggle. It's a sad fact that the FA don't divert enough money to grassroots football and unless wealthy sponsors come along, I'm afraid our great national game will die out.
The trouble is that there is too much money needed to turn a football club at that level. Even clubs at Hampshire Premier level struggle to survive as players don't want to contribute any subscriptions to play and sponsors are few and far. Wessex and above, players want to be paid so unless a club can get enough spectators through the gate, they will struggle. It's a sad fact that the FA don't divert enough money to grassroots football and unless wealthy sponsors come along, I'm afraid our great national game will die out. Babylon51
  • Score: 1
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