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Problems, problems

Exeter City legal bill coming?
by Hardy on 19/01/2004

It looks like Saturday's visitors Exeter City could be costing the Daggers 20,000 in legal bills shortly. Hardy looks at this news and other clubs with troubles in the Conference.

Exeter City to cost the Daggers 20,000?
Following the first stage of the legal battle by Exeter City against a twelve point deduction being applied after they went into voluntary administration, it looks likely that the other twenty-one clubs may well end up footing the legal bill for the various upcoming court cases.

Conference clubs voted to apply the mandatory twelve point penalty to clubs going into administration this season. The idea behind the rule is that a club have received a massive financial advantage by avoiding debts, and the deduction 'levels the playing field' to some extent.

Despite knowing this, Exeter City could see no other way of surviving given their debts of an estimated 4million.

Confguide carries detailed news on the court case and the possible legal fund that may be required in order for the Conference to defend the action.

Exeweb puts the Exeter City side of the story here.

Margate application denied

Another Conference club in deep trouble are Margate. They have had the planning proposals for the redevelopment of Hartsdown Park rejected by Thanet District Council who were not convinced that there was sufficient evidence that the necessary finance was in place to complete the work.

Margate have been playing at Dover's Crabble Athletic Ground for the past two seasons and have repeatedly stated that the work at Hartsdown was proceeding satisfactorily. The Conference lost patience on the progress and the ground share recently and have been imposing a 5,000 fine for each fixture that Margate can not fulfil at its own ground since January 1st 2004.

It seems increasingly likely that Margate will be thrown out of the Conference at the end of the current season wherever they finish if they do not have a ground to call home by May 2004.

Margate Chairman Jim Parmenter resigned last Wednesday and there are strong rumours of serious cash flow problems at the club circulating.

Trophy - Leigh out, Barnet wait
Leigh RMI were ejected from the FA Trophy on Friday following an FA hearing for playing a player, Sebastian Rowe, who did not have the correct international clearances.

Rowe, a goalkeeper, was signed on a non-contract basis specifically for the tie with Stalybridge Celtic as first choice Ian Martin was cup-tied. Leigh correctly registered Bowe for the competition but were unaware that despite him having played all season for Atherton Collieries he had also had a spell in the USA which meant he needed international clearance for the FA Trophy.

In what seems a much more black and white incident, Barnet played Adam Campion against Dover Athletic in the third round 3-2 win, unaware that Campion had already played in the competition for Aylesbury United. It seems bizarre that the player himself did not say something, and he has subsequently been released by the club.

The FA are due to say what the punishment for that one is to be on Tuesday 20th January.


 

 

 

 

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