Football: SAVED! Bashley set to compete in Southern League next season

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A GROUP of four life vice-presidents are understood to have saved Bashley from folding after it was today announced that the club would compete in the Southern League next season.

Chairman Mike Cranidge declared that the club's future had been secured, despite members passing a resolution to permanently close the gates at the end of the season “unless adequate funding was forthcoming and executive vacancies filled” at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) two weeks ago.

It is thought that Ray Pinney, chairman during Bashley's successful stint under former manager Steve Riley, could team up with Trevor Adams, Pat Bowering and June Breckon in order to save the 67-year-old outfit from extinction.

Cranidge politely declined to identify the “two or three” members set to join Bashley's executive or the “five or six members” who have pledged funds to keep the club going just days after a three-strong consortium, headed by former AFC Totton official Nick Ferguson, withdrew their interest.

An official statement released by Cranidge read: “Following the provision of an affordable budget for 2014-15, a process is now underway to fill vacant executive positions from within the club and thanks to the success of our money-raising activities, funding is now in place.

“As the criteria of the resolution passed at the recent in EGM are now being met, I am delighted to inform you that Bashley FC will continue to function as a football club and as a member of the Southern League.”

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Cranidge added: “The budget will be based on income, one or two good commercial interests and we also have members who are willing to put in small but regular amounts to help us along.”

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8:05pm Wed 26 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

The very best of luck to the club.
The very best of luck to the club. pete woodley
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9:21pm Wed 26 Mar 14

cheeriedriteup says...

pete woodley wrote:
The very best of luck to the club.
DITTO
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: The very best of luck to the club.[/p][/quote]DITTO cheeriedriteup
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1:29am Thu 27 Mar 14

kangman2012 says...

From small acorns giant oaks can grow - best of luck for a stable future and progression to Bashley FC.
From small acorns giant oaks can grow - best of luck for a stable future and progression to Bashley FC. kangman2012
  • Score: 6

4:56pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Afcbpete says...

Really chuffed!! Well done everyone at Bashley, wish you guys every success in the future!!
Really chuffed!! Well done everyone at Bashley, wish you guys every success in the future!! Afcbpete
  • Score: 4

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