Post by ThrobsBlackHat on Feb 17, 2004 12:08:58 GMT 1
It is run by the fans now, true, and fair play to them
1) Don't screw other clubs to try and survive, effectively they are risking the future of Northwich / Margate / Tamworth etc with a legal bill
2) They are playing with players who were bought and then the club did not receive the full fee (I am led to believe by the press)
3) The fans were quite happy when the new stands were being built and the owners were in the national media taking the credit. No-one asked questions then and they should have.
I have every sympathy for the fans of Exeter and I think the previous owners should be put behind bars for the good of society. Bu I don't want another 3 clubs to fold as well! They need the conference as their friends surely, not to try and take other clubs down with them?
"Shrewsbury Town, the team who have stood tall amongst giants in League One this season, are making their presence felt again."
The inland revenue are demanding that there be no priority given to footballing related debts, whereas the Conference and FA demand that footballing debts be given priority. If the inland revenue win, Exeter would therefore be thrown out of the Conference as the football related debts would not take priority.
This is a case where the Conference and the FA should be working with Exeter, as Sean has said this case will set a president.
As for the points malarky, there is a difference between (I believe) the fans taking over a club and an outside businessman taking over a club. The Government has spent a lot of time championing (sp?) supporters trusts with the aim of them taking over clubs and having a greater say in how the club is run, thus cutting out dodgy directors. Therefore there should be some incentive, lets not forget that these supporters are putting their hard earned money and time into trying to save this club with the aim of taking it back to its rootes.
What are the odds that the Conference use this player case as leverage to get Exeter to drop its admin points loss case?
Personnaly I wish good luck to them, it seems like the world of footballing is lining up and taking random pot shots at them.