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Stockport County On The Verge


Stockport County FC are a world away from the plush Premier League, but in distance they are just a mere stones throw away from Manchester.

Only this week Stockport joined Southampton by entering into the cruel world of administration, and just because they find it hard to keep the wolves away from their door, the FA dock them 10 points.

I have written articles on the very subject reference wealth, or lack of it in the lower tier of the football league before, but does anyone care about the very existence of our beloved English football?

Last year Rotherham, Luton, Bournemouth...the list goes on, were deducted points, and how they survived (apart from Luton - conference next season fella's, sorry) god only knows.

Stockport and the like have to survive, either that or we follow the likes of many Scottish clubs and go part-time. Yuk, what a thought!

This article will no doubt fall on deaf ears, but at least I can say I brought the very subject to the attention of a few.

This is what Vital Stockport County wrote on the subject of administration…

'County have finally stopped delaying the inevitable and entered administration, having been placed into it by David Farms, Aylesbury.'

'David Farms placed the club into admin this morning after not receiving their loan of £300k back from the club, despite the Trust Board securing a deal this morning to pay off the debt to David Farms.'

'A mass clearout of players and staff now looks likely.'

'The Administrators handed control of the club will be John Titley and Paul Reeves, directors at the Manchester office of accountancy firm Leonard Curtis.'

'Some (slightly) good news an a terrible day for the club is that the Football League have announced that the 10 point deduction will be handed this season and not next season. County, after the 4-3 win over Crewe last week, are now luckily safe from the drop to League Two, although we will be hit with another deduction next season if we fail to exit administration.'


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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 30 2009

Time: 11:16PM

Your Comments

i reckon a lot of clubs should go part time would solve a lot of problems & you are 100% right to bring this situation to our attention & dont kid your self this situation will happen to clubs in the epl if they dont get there finances in order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dannybhoy46
i reckon a lot of clubs should go part time would solve a lot of problems & you are 100% right to bring this situation to our attention & dont kid your self this situation will happen to clubs in the epl if they dont get there finances in order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dannybhoy46
I'm just surprised that this hasn't happened to a lot more clubs. My sympathies go out to the likes of Southampton and Stockport, but you have to question whether handing clubs a 10 point deduction for going into administration - It's a bit like fining someone for not paying their debts! Lucky for County that they are safe for this season, as going down to a lower league would scupper any chance of financial recovery next season. Good luck County.
fifthcolumnblue
I'm just surprised that this hasn't happened to a lot more clubs. My sympathies go out to the likes of Southampton and Stockport, but you have to question whether handing clubs a 10 point deduction for going into administration - It's a bit like fining someone for not paying their debts! Lucky for County that they are safe for this season, as going down to a lower league would scupper any chance of financial recovery next season. Good luck County.
fifthcolumnblue
I think a large chunk of this maybe the transfer system which restricts clubs to make money or sell players during the season when they are desperate for money. The FA has to think about this problem because it is happening to more and more clubs.
Buzz Lightyear
I think a large chunk of this maybe the transfer system which restricts clubs to make money or sell players during the season when they are desperate for money. The FA has to think about this problem because it is happening to more and more clubs.
Buzz Lightyear
Brilliant article highlighting a worsening situation. When you consider the levels of astronomic debt that are allowed to exist in the Premier League, it's a disgrace.
Johnny Baguette
Brilliant article highlighting a worsening situation. When you consider the levels of astronomic debt that are allowed to exist in the Premier League, it's a disgrace.
Johnny Baguette
Great article Tudor ...I hate to see a club like County like this and as I have said before there should be some sort of tax on the astronomic wages paid to players and it should go in a rescue fund for clubs like County.
Doody
Great article Tudor ...I hate to see a club like County like this and as I have said before there should be some sort of tax on the astronomic wages paid to players and it should go in a rescue fund for clubs like County.
Doody
Thanks for your wishes o faded ones. There was no need for this to happen. The way forward had almost been reached. Skulduggery. Death threats and intimidation. A real nasty business and much muck yet to come out of this.
Kid Charlemagne
Thanks for your wishes o faded ones. There was no need for this to happen. The way forward had almost been reached. Skulduggery. Death threats and intimidation. A real nasty business and much muck yet to come out of this.
Kid Charlemagne
The FA should be looking to help clubs like Stockport rather than penalising them so strongly. The only saving grace is that they are unlikely to get relegated. Something has to be done about the massive levels of debt amongst many clubs, but kicking the likes of County will solve nothing in the wider sphere of things. There has to be a plan by the FA to protect and strengthen the national game. At the moment it looks too much like a cull to me. The ones who suffer most are Stockport fans -- and that is just not fair.
Sindbad
The FA should be looking to help clubs like Stockport rather than penalising them so strongly. The only saving grace is that they are unlikely to get relegated. Something has to be done about the massive levels of debt amongst many clubs, but kicking the likes of County will solve nothing in the wider sphere of things. There has to be a plan by the FA to protect and strengthen the national game. At the moment it looks too much like a cull to me. The ones who suffer most are Stockport fans -- and that is just not fair.
Sindbad
Agreed with that Sinbad. Worth poiniting out that £300K which was to be paid in full in the next day or two was the catalyst here. Total debts of c. £1million. Chicken feed to many. Brentford have debts of £10 million, Southampton.. what £30 million. This need not have happened to County. As I said above. Skulduggery guys....
Kid Charlemagne
Agreed with that Sinbad. Worth poiniting out that £300K which was to be paid in full in the next day or two was the catalyst here. Total debts of c. £1million. Chicken feed to many. Brentford have debts of £10 million, Southampton.. what £30 million. This need not have happened to County. As I said above. Skulduggery guys....
Kid Charlemagne
i just hope it all works out for county as ive got many friends who are county fans and i aint even cracked a joke about it.
bluemooner_mcfc
i just hope it all works out for county as ive got many friends who are county fans and i aint even cracked a joke about it.
bluemooner_mcfc
 

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