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Great Yarmouth Town chairman calls for help

PUBLISHED: 06:09 23 December 2011

Wellesley Recreation Ground, home of Great Yarmouth Town.

Wellesley Recreation Ground, home of Great Yarmouth Town.

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The chairman of troubled Great Yarmouth Town has appealed to the east coast to prove it wants its football club to survive.

Colin Jones admits the club is “slowly dying” and that “unsavoury” proposals will be offered to an extraordinary general meeting in the New Year.

The Bloaters are struggling at the foot of the Ridgeons League Premier Division and were unable to field a team at Wisbech last weekend.

“All season those involved with the club have been trying our hardest to get ourselves into an improved position,” said Jones. “Sometimes we appear close, but then we suffer another setback. The setback this weekend was a huge one and I think now is the time for us to admit that we simply lack the resources to do anything other than limp along unless we get more help.”

Jones says match-day volunteers are needed as well as a minutes secretary, club secretary and match day co-ordinator – as well as more sponsors and even new financial backers.

“When I came into my current position I expressed the need for more sponsorship, that the club was to rely heavily on this in order to achieve its goals,” he added.

“I didn’t come in to finance the club; I came in to develop a club and team of people for the club to prosper.

“What I failed to take into account was the sense of apathy surrounding the club.

“It appears the club is slowly dying, largely due to a lack of will for it to survive. There are those involved with the club who have had three generations at the club, those who have been going to matches for around 60 years – these people are dedicating their lives to this club and they must wonder how we are in the position we are in.”

Jones believes the EGM will be key to the club’s future.

“There will be some really unsavoury proposals offered at that meeting,” he said.

“The members of this football club own the club and therefore it is up to them what direction the club goes in.”

Four main areas will be up for discussion: to decide on what level the club can afford to run at, to offer a chance to change the committee personnel, to propose rule changes regarding club ownership and liability and to decide whether the club can continue.

“At the moment the club is able to run,” said Jones.

“But with lack of new volunteers, lack of supporters, lack of support from local businesses and lack of projected funds, we all have to decide who this club is existing for.”

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