Malmesbury Vics in fight for survival
5:30am Friday 18th April 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
MALMESBURY Victoria manager Gareth Davies says that they have to focus on the remaining three games of the season and not think about the century old club possibly going out of existence.
The Flying Monk Ground side have revealed this week that they only have a £200 float to try and pay off a £500 and £300 electric and water bills respectively.
On top of that the club have been struggling to pay the match officials for their last two home matches and have been told by the Hellenic League that they are likely to receive a £250 fine for each game.
Having been devastated by winter floods for the past two years, the club, which reformed after the Second World War, is now fighting their biggest battle to date.
“At the moment we just don’t know what is going to happen,” Davies told the Advertiser, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Lydney Town in Division One West.
“The positive thing is that we are going to play our last three games - on the footballing side of things that has to be our focus.
“Of course, this is a worry for everyone concerned with the club, it has been going for 100-plus years (the original club formed in 1896 and closed in 1936 before returning in 1947).
“The players are asking what is going to happen? The answer is at the moment I don’t know.”
Club treasurer Julie Exton said the original electric bill was £1,000 and after reaching an agreement with their supplier they managed to split it in two and pay the first half, while the second is due in 12 days time.
She added: “All we’ve got left is the £200 float. I’ve spoken to the trustees and explained the situation to them but nothing’s changed at the moment and I don’t know where to turn.
“The reserve team, youth team and ladies team don’t cost anything to run, but we’ve got things like programmes and physios to pay for, as well as the affiliation fees for the Hellenic League.
“Looking at it from a treasurer’s point of view, I think we could manage if we dropped down a league but from a football point of view, it would leave the reserves with nothing to work towards.
“I don’t know how we can carry on - the club has been around for more than 100 years and we can’t let it fold.”