Football: Bashley set to fold at the end of the season

Bournemouth Echo: . .

CASH-STRAPPED Bashley are on the brink of folding after chairman Mike Cranidge called a meeting for members to vote on the club’s closure.

As exclusively revealed by the Daily Echo’s Twitter feed, notice of the emergency general meeting (EGM) on Thursday, March 13 has been circulated to the members-owned club’s 38 affiliates.

The resolution is to dissolve Bash at the end of the season “unless adequate funding is forthcoming and executive vacancies filled”.

Cranidge, initially a supporter who reluctantly took the reins over the summer, estimated the club’s shortfall would be between £40,000 and £60,000 by the end of the current campaign.

Bashley’s chairman, who was keen to stress the club remains debt free, made an appeal for financial assistance 11 days ago but with no sign of an added cash injection on the horizon, the New Forest outfit’s 67-year history seems set to be wiped out.

Any decision to close could be reversed if a backer came forward before the deadline to resign from the Southern League without penalty arrives on March 31.

The club could still be saved up until April 30 but would almost certainly lose out on entry to the FA Cup and FA Trophy, competitions with application deadlines of March 31. 

The Bash chief explained: “Most of our members are pensioners without the means to help out so we really are depending on the life vice-presidents who helped to build up the club to come forward to save the day.

“It is the final rallying call and I cannot believe those people will let it go in this way. I’m not confident but still optimistic.”

Should members vote against the proposal, Cranidge said he would be forced to resign immediately.

He added: “I would have to stand down and the club would be in their (the members’) hands.

“Even if somebody came in with £10,000 it wouldn’t help. We need someone to step forward and support the club long-term.”

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8:26pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Afcbives says...

Eddie Mitchell?.
Eddie Mitchell?. Afcbives
  • Score: -23

8:41pm Mon 24 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Afcbives wrote:
Eddie Mitchell?.
I would like to see if he really does like local football clubs,
[quote][p][bold]Afcbives[/bold] wrote: Eddie Mitchell?.[/p][/quote]I would like to see if he really does like local football clubs, cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 1

9:02pm Mon 24 Feb 14

cherrychris75 says...

Wade Elliott wouldnt have had the career he has without Bashley. A day of Wayne Rooney wages would save them
Wade Elliott wouldnt have had the career he has without Bashley. A day of Wayne Rooney wages would save them cherrychris75
  • Score: -3

9:18pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Ben Dingrun says...

Bye Bye.....turn the lights off when you leave (no need, they don't work properly anyway!).
Who in their right mind would plough tens of thousands into a club like that in the current climate?
No fantasy no prospects no decent management - no chance!
Bye Bye.....turn the lights off when you leave (no need, they don't work properly anyway!). Who in their right mind would plough tens of thousands into a club like that in the current climate? No fantasy no prospects no decent management - no chance! Ben Dingrun
  • Score: 10

9:33pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Ian not Dingbum says...

But on a positive note we don't have a vile man like you Dingbum, best wishes Poole.
But on a positive note we don't have a vile man like you Dingbum, best wishes Poole. Ian not Dingbum
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Ben Dingrun says...

*no fanbase
*no fanbase Ben Dingrun
  • Score: 18

9:41pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Ian not Dingbum says...

For once Dingbum stop voting for yourself, you sad man, get a life, a girlfriend or whatever takes your fancy may help ease your pain.
For once Dingbum stop voting for yourself, you sad man, get a life, a girlfriend or whatever takes your fancy may help ease your pain. Ian not Dingbum
  • Score: 0

9:58pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Ben Dingrun says...

I would save your voting concerns for the EGM.

Also, good to see the clever contingent of your very very small band of followers now attacking the people highlighting your "plight".
I would save your voting concerns for the EGM. Also, good to see the clever contingent of your very very small band of followers now attacking the people highlighting your "plight". Ben Dingrun
  • Score: 19

10:04pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Ian not Dingbum says...

You only voted twice on that last comment, all that time registering all those different names surely you can do better than that ?
You only voted twice on that last comment, all that time registering all those different names surely you can do better than that ? Ian not Dingbum
  • Score: 0

11:10pm Mon 24 Feb 14

guitario says...

I would assume, like when a similar fate befalls professional clubs; Bashley will just restart as a top tier Saturday league side or maybe in the combinations division (or whatever it's called now) and then do an AFC Wimbledon and hopefully claw it's way up a few divisions over time. They keep their history but will probably just have to give up their semi pro status and their ground.
I would assume, like when a similar fate befalls professional clubs; Bashley will just restart as a top tier Saturday league side or maybe in the combinations division (or whatever it's called now) and then do an AFC Wimbledon and hopefully claw it's way up a few divisions over time. They keep their history but will probably just have to give up their semi pro status and their ground. guitario
  • Score: -23

6:10pm Tue 25 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

guitario wrote:
I would assume, like when a similar fate befalls professional clubs; Bashley will just restart as a top tier Saturday league side or maybe in the combinations division (or whatever it's called now) and then do an AFC Wimbledon and hopefully claw it's way up a few divisions over time. They keep their history but will probably just have to give up their semi pro status and their ground.
Can't they do a 'Mitchell' leave all debts behind and start up in a new name!
[quote][p][bold]guitario[/bold] wrote: I would assume, like when a similar fate befalls professional clubs; Bashley will just restart as a top tier Saturday league side or maybe in the combinations division (or whatever it's called now) and then do an AFC Wimbledon and hopefully claw it's way up a few divisions over time. They keep their history but will probably just have to give up their semi pro status and their ground.[/p][/quote]Can't they do a 'Mitchell' leave all debts behind and start up in a new name! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 0

6:23pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ian not Dingbum says...

Bashley FC are debt free, the above report is incorrect. See the statement on the Bashley website.
Bashley FC are debt free, the above report is incorrect. See the statement on the Bashley website. Ian not Dingbum
  • Score: -12

7:28pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Andy Mitchell says...

Ian not Dingbum wrote:
Bashley FC are debt free, the above report is incorrect. See the statement on the Bashley website.
"Bashley’s chairman, who was keen to stress the club remains debt free..."
[quote][p][bold]Ian not Dingbum[/bold] wrote: Bashley FC are debt free, the above report is incorrect. See the statement on the Bashley website.[/p][/quote]"Bashley’s chairman, who was keen to stress the club remains debt free..." Andy Mitchell
  • Score: 24

10:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Ben Dingrun wrote:
Bye Bye.....turn the lights off when you leave (no need, they don't work properly anyway!).
Who in their right mind would plough tens of thousands into a club like that in the current climate?
No fantasy no prospects no decent management - no chance!
What a thouroughly negative, depressing, sad individual you are.
[quote][p][bold]Ben Dingrun[/bold] wrote: Bye Bye.....turn the lights off when you leave (no need, they don't work properly anyway!). Who in their right mind would plough tens of thousands into a club like that in the current climate? No fantasy no prospects no decent management - no chance![/p][/quote]What a thouroughly negative, depressing, sad individual you are. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 3

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