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Going down

Boston ship finally sinks
by Hardy on 08/05/2007

The Daggers pretty much perfect season continued on Saturday as the result came through from the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham at around ten to five on a gloriously sunny Spring afternoon.

Boston ship finally sinks
The Daggers pretty much perfect season continued on Saturday as the result came through from the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham at around ten to five on a gloriously sunny Spring afternoon. Wrexham 3 Boston United 1 in the "loser goes down" bowl means that the Pilgrims have ceased to be a Football League club after five years of pain and embarrassment for all involved.

Shortly after Steve Evans appeared on Sky Sports News, just as I was opening champagne in Chez Hardy, to whine about how terrible it all was and how his team hadn't deserved to lose and how brave the players were for soldiering on unpaid for so long. All of which would have been great had he not been the greater part of the problem that left the sorry club out of money in the first place.

In a typical Bostonish move the club decided to enter a CVA at the absolute 11th hour when it was all but over when the second Wrexham goal went in. By doing this it hopes to take the automatic ten point deduction this season and avoid it at the start of next, wherever it ends up.

The Guardian yesterday summed up the situation with a report on the match entitled "Insolvent Boston take relegation with a smirk and no credit", which concludes with "People, even managers occasionally, say that justice evens out over a season. For Dagenham and Redbridge, who missed out to Boston's shenanigans in 2002, it has taken five seasons. By beautiful symmetry they can proudly take their place in the league in August. Few will mourn the Pilgrims' regress."

Conference looking at options
With the Football Conference (or Blue Square Premier) having to take whoever is relegated out of the Football League it seems unlikely that they can avoid having to give Boston United a spot in the division next season. However the history of the club and the bad taste left at Conference HQ by the way they won the Championship in 2002 means there are already rumblings about whether they will be welcomed.

In an item at the Football Conference website vice-chairman of the league Charles Clapham said: "It's a unique situation with them going into administration in the last two minutes of the last game of the season. Whichever way you look at it, you can't turn around and say that this is sending out the right message in the world of football. 

"It might be technically legal, but morally it's sending out the wrong message to creditors. In conjunction with the Football League, we'll have to look long and hard at the rules and the legality of it all in order to see what the implications will be. 

"Leeds entered administration to save themselves a 10-point deduction next season and now a precedent has been set. It seems that clubs are using a loophole in the rules and I'm sure it will catch the attention of the ruling bodies. You've got to look at the trail of destruction which has been left behind and the people who've been good enough to give them credit. Maybe in the future clubs won't be able to get credit because of this type of action."


 

 

 

 

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