All three of our major Non League clubs are facing problems financially and on the field and it is causing committees, management and fans alike, a great deal of worry.
Certainly that is the case at Sheffield F.C. who a few weeks ago announced that the club were to cut players wages by 50% for the foreseeable future after a run of two and half months without a home game that saw them mount up cash flow problems with at least five players leaving the club.
However, chairman Richard Timms says, as a result of the recent revelations: “My Board intends to announce the long term future plans for the club.
“We also intend to hold a press and supporters conference, hopefully at the Beauchief Hotel on Thursday April 3rd with a time to be announced.
“We will set out the clubs past, present and future plans and we will then be pleased to answer any questions asked, be it by press or fans, at a question and answer session.”
He added: “Whilst the club, like most clubs, have lost a few sponsors, we are in fact doing quite well in all aspects except on the playing front.
“We set a playing budget and without any gate receipts for over two and a half months and the projected income streams dropped by a half. Therefore we cut our players wages by 50% because the Board are not prepared to jeopardise the club for a few more points. Most of the players have stood by us and six more points will see us safe from relegation.
“We have news to share with everyone very soon that will shape our club’s future”.
On Saturday Club played well against Coalville Town with Gascoigne and Stirrup giving them a two goal lead but Coalville hit back to draw 2-2. Then on Tuesday they entertained Gresley F.C. and hit by injuries they lost 3-1 as Gascoigne scored from the penalty spot for Sheffield.
On Saturday they are at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare.
In the Premier Division Stocksbridge Park were unlucky to lose 3-2 to Ashton United after Joynes and Telling had scored. On Saturday they went down 1-0 to Trafford whom they entertain this week, again.
In the Toolstation North Counties East Leagues First Division, Hallam went dowen 2-1 to Hall Road Rangers after Liam Morris had given them a lead.
On Tuesday a first half goal by Grant Allott was enough to give Dinnington Town a 1-0 victory as West missed a late penalty for Hallam at Sandygate.
On Saturday they entertain Rossington Main and follow that with the visit on Tuesday of Pontefract Colliery.