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Norfolk football club could close unless new committee members are found

PUBLISHED: 06:00 14 February 2014

Wymondham Town Football Club at King's Head Meadow.

Wymondham Town Football Club at King's Head Meadow.

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A football club could be forced to shut down unless new committee members can be found to save it after figures revealed it lost more than £8,000 over a two year period.

Wymondham Town Football Club may only have a month left before it has to shut down after racking up debts of nearly £3,000, which it does not have the money to pay off.

That is the warning from Andy Gardiner, the town council’s representative on the club committee, who has called a meeting at the club’s Kings Head Meadow home at 11am on February 22 with the aim of recruiting more people to help with the club’s running.

Mr Gardiner, whose involvement is as a Wymondham resident and independent of the council, said there had been problems with some of the accounting at the club which meant that financial records were incomplete, adding that the treasurer reported there was just £83 left in the bank and £200 in the bar float.

Figures showed that over a two year period, the club had a turnover of £125,381 and made a loss of £8,001.

“I hope that we are able to form a really good committee and I am looking for people to really start a groundswell to really get that club run properly, which is how any good community facility should be run,” Mr Gardiner added.

He said he wanted to preserve the club for future generations and the town’s younger generation, adding that the club had become an established part of the community during its 129 year history.

The treasurer, Emma Chambers, said her predecessor Tony Sheldrake had to give up the role due to ill health in December 2012 and that the accounts had not been completed properly during the six month period before she took over the position in May.

She explained there was no one reason why the club had got into so much debt - “just spending more than we have got,” she said.

She said the organisations the club owed money to included insurance and gas companies, HM Revenue and Customs and a brewery.

“We had six people at the last committee meeting, when a couple of years ago there were 18,” she said.

“It is a struggle to have all the jobs covered by that few people and we obviously need the money and the people who can help.”

The meeting will be at the clubhouse.

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