Non-league: Chairman warns Bashley could fold without cash injection

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CHAIRMAN Mike Cranidge has issued a stark warning that cash-strapped Bashley could go under at the end of the season.

Cranidge revealed the Southern League strugglers had been labouring in their efforts to stay afloat in recent weeks with the Bash chief, along with a handful of intermittent contributors, forced to plug a “significant” monetary shortfall.

However, in a frank assessment of the plight at Bashley Road, Cranidge said he was unable to continue making up the money and that the members-owned club would have “some difficult decisions to make” if his appeal for help fell on deaf ears.

Cranidge has made a personal commitment to ensure Bash fulfil their obligations this season but warned the possibility of dropping to the Wessex League or even folding could be put to the members.

Any decision would have to be taken before March 31, the deadline for resigning from the Southern League without penalty, but Cranidge was hopeful his impassioned plea would prevent such drastic action.

Cranidge told the Daily Echo: “It is always hand to mouth with one or two of us putting in the necessary, but somehow we seem to have lost the others so it is down to me. It is a problem.

“The last thing I want to do is close down the club while we are in the middle of the playing season because there would be no way to recover from that.

“I will not let it go – if I have to put the money in myself then so be it but if that is the case I will have to stand down at the end of the season.

"Our target is to continue in the Southern League but there could be a case for applying to the Wessex League or worse. If no one comes forward, it could prove fatal.

“The members have to vote on any decisions but if I am left as the last man standing then, of course, I would have to say ‘That’s it’ because I can’t keep doing it.”

He continued: “Our problem is two-fold. We have no functioning board to speak of, it is just me, a 75-year-old kitman running things.

“I am not experienced in matters of finance or sponsorship. While we remain debt free, we need a business man who has moved in those circles over a number of years who can knock on doors and get the backing the club needs.

"I am just trapped in the position of making sure we get to the end of the season and I need help.”

Anyone interested in getting involved at Bash should contact 07591 187663 or email mike.cranidge@btinternet.com

Bash, boosted by their first home league win of the season in midweek, host Cambridge City on Saturday (3pm).

Bash: (from) George, Strickland, Roberts, Ansell, Marden, Rolls, Bulpitt, Blackmore, Soetan, Brookes, Joyce, Odam, Kenna, Manders, Flint, Morris, Lloyd, Jones.

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7:05pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Ben Dingrun says...

So giving Claude Greengass the assistant Managers job didn't get the desired effect then?
I guess the Curry night just attracted people who fancied a free meal!
So giving Claude Greengass the assistant Managers job didn't get the desired effect then? I guess the Curry night just attracted people who fancied a free meal! Ben Dingrun
  • Score: 27

8:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

EarlyRiser says...

Would be a great shame. What happened to the proposed merger with New Milton last year ?

On a lighter note:
someone to put money in.... Hmmmm I Know Jim Fallon & Ed Holms are on the look out for a football club ;)
Would be a great shame. What happened to the proposed merger with New Milton last year ? On a lighter note: someone to put money in.... Hmmmm I Know Jim Fallon & Ed Holms are on the look out for a football club ;) EarlyRiser
  • Score: 7

8:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Ben Dingrun says...

Dry your eyes mate....maybe a merger with East Boldre might solve your problems?
Dry your eyes mate....maybe a merger with East Boldre might solve your problems? Ben Dingrun
  • Score: 7

10:20am Fri 14 Feb 14

Ben D Bus says...

Always look forward to your very helpful musings Ben Dingruns.

I admire Mike Cranidge as he had the guts to stand up and be counted at an extremely testing time for the club. I take my hat off to this kind of individual for the amount of time, money, blood, sweat and tears that they put into Non league football. A bit of banter between local clubs should be commended but your petty digs are becoming increasingly tiresome.

The social media sites Tuesday evening were full of congratulations after Bash’s win against Chippenham Town. Tweats from the likes of Weymouth, Banbury, Stourbridge to name a few - all clubs which have had their fair share of ups and downs over the years. That's what the non league family is all about not cheap digs.

I will happily follow Bash wherever fate leads them. It's not just about winning. Non league legend Justin Keeler offered his services to Bash for free earlier in the season - that's my kind of hero. It was great to see the Canadian coach (Justin Wadsworth) hand a spare ski to Russian downhill skier Anton Gafarov at the winter Olympics on Tuesday - thats my kind of hero.

I for one am happy to see all our local teams do well. It’s great to see Havant & Waterloo and Gosport Borough fighting for a place at Wembley. I’d have no problem with Poole Town making hay whilst the sun shines and reaching the play-offs. I would fall over with joy to see both Bash and AFC Totton start next season in the Southern Premier – who knows.

I put my hand in my pocket not so many years ago when a bucket came around at Bash to help AFC Bournemouth and look what fantastic achievements have been made there. Let’s hope there are people out there that can devote funds or expertise on the business / sponsorship side to Bashley, a fantastic debt free non-league football club in a village setting with a great history and a sound bunch of fans (complete with the obligatory sense of humour); a club that even with this years restricted budget, has managed to humble the odd Town or City club. It keeps me coming back for more…
Always look forward to your very helpful musings Ben Dingruns. I admire Mike Cranidge as he had the guts to stand up and be counted at an extremely testing time for the club. I take my hat off to this kind of individual for the amount of time, money, blood, sweat and tears that they put into Non league football. A bit of banter between local clubs should be commended but your petty digs are becoming increasingly tiresome. The social media sites Tuesday evening were full of congratulations after Bash’s win against Chippenham Town. Tweats from the likes of Weymouth, Banbury, Stourbridge to name a few - all clubs which have had their fair share of ups and downs over the years. That's what the non league family is all about not cheap digs. I will happily follow Bash wherever fate leads them. It's not just about winning. Non league legend Justin Keeler offered his services to Bash for free earlier in the season - that's my kind of hero. It was great to see the Canadian coach (Justin Wadsworth) hand a spare ski to Russian downhill skier Anton Gafarov at the winter Olympics on Tuesday - thats my kind of hero. I for one am happy to see all our local teams do well. It’s great to see Havant & Waterloo and Gosport Borough fighting for a place at Wembley. I’d have no problem with Poole Town making hay whilst the sun shines and reaching the play-offs. I would fall over with joy to see both Bash and AFC Totton start next season in the Southern Premier – who knows. I put my hand in my pocket not so many years ago when a bucket came around at Bash to help AFC Bournemouth and look what fantastic achievements have been made there. Let’s hope there are people out there that can devote funds or expertise on the business / sponsorship side to Bashley, a fantastic debt free non-league football club in a village setting with a great history and a sound bunch of fans (complete with the obligatory sense of humour); a club that even with this years restricted budget, has managed to humble the odd Town or City club. It keeps me coming back for more… Ben D Bus
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Ben Dingrun says...

The club is a basket case that needs putting out of its' misery.
Southern League football can't be sustained there for the benefit of 60 or so fans without a massive contribution from a benefactor - Ray Pinney aside, who is likely to do that?
Seems to me that any short term hurrah now is just delaying the inevitable.
The club is a basket case that needs putting out of its' misery. Southern League football can't be sustained there for the benefit of 60 or so fans without a massive contribution from a benefactor - Ray Pinney aside, who is likely to do that? Seems to me that any short term hurrah now is just delaying the inevitable. Ben Dingrun
  • Score: 22

3:43pm Fri 14 Feb 14

steve.p. says...

Not a supporter the Bending.. Maybe you would rejoice in the demise of Bashley FC but even you get the benefit of having a village team playing it's football at such a high level. "How so?" I hear you cry, who would you turn your hatred to if Bash were no longer? Maybe a club with fans less benign than the Bash faithful who would turn their hatred on you. So give a thought for those less fortunate than yourself, those who love their football club with a passion that you will never understand. I feel sorry for you but will do my best to keep Bashley football club going so that you still have something to spit your hatred at when your evenings get boring. All the best to you and thanks for the publicity that you bestow on a village football club.
Not a supporter the Bending.. Maybe you would rejoice in the demise of Bashley FC but even you get the benefit of having a village team playing it's football at such a high level. "How so?" I hear you cry, who would you turn your hatred to if Bash were no longer? Maybe a club with fans less benign than the Bash faithful who would turn their hatred on you. So give a thought for those less fortunate than yourself, those who love their football club with a passion that you will never understand. I feel sorry for you but will do my best to keep Bashley football club going so that you still have something to spit your hatred at when your evenings get boring. All the best to you and thanks for the publicity that you bestow on a village football club. steve.p.
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Hotsy373 says...

Wno does Dingrun support?
Wno does Dingrun support? Hotsy373
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7:44pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Hotsy373 says...

Apologies for typo. Done by Will aged 9. Just came on to say how well written, whatever your stance, Ben D Bus and steve p's articles are in the face of unsupported vitriol. Funny how a team that's skint could get a home game on yet the Dorset millionaires couldn't; however, they managed to find the time to boost their squad.
Apologies for typo. Done by Will aged 9. Just came on to say how well written, whatever your stance, Ben D Bus and steve p's articles are in the face of unsupported vitriol. Funny how a team that's skint could get a home game on yet the Dorset millionaires couldn't; however, they managed to find the time to boost their squad. Hotsy373
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3:56pm Sat 15 Feb 14

joncon says...

Hotsy373 wrote:
Apologies for typo. Done by Will aged 9. Just came on to say how well written, whatever your stance, Ben D Bus and steve p's articles are in the face of unsupported vitriol. Funny how a team that's skint could get a home game on yet the Dorset millionaires couldn't; however, they managed to find the time to boost their squad.
Tatnam is close to water and at sea level. Bashley recreation ground isn't. It's not rocket science
[quote][p][bold]Hotsy373[/bold] wrote: Apologies for typo. Done by Will aged 9. Just came on to say how well written, whatever your stance, Ben D Bus and steve p's articles are in the face of unsupported vitriol. Funny how a team that's skint could get a home game on yet the Dorset millionaires couldn't; however, they managed to find the time to boost their squad.[/p][/quote]Tatnam is close to water and at sea level. Bashley recreation ground isn't. It's not rocket science joncon
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12:15pm Sun 16 Feb 14

BTFCSEC says...

Point of order - 31st December is the deadline to register a club's intention to pull out of the southern league without fnancial penalty (which is up to £4000)
Point of order - 31st December is the deadline to register a club's intention to pull out of the southern league without fnancial penalty (which is up to £4000) BTFCSEC
  • Score: -2

10:34am Mon 17 Feb 14

Andy Mitchell says...

BTFCSEC wrote:
Point of order - 31st December is the deadline to register a club's intention to pull out of the southern league without fnancial penalty (which is up to £4000)
The date changed in "recent seasons" according to Southern League secretary Jason Mills who confirmed the final withdrawal date was 31 March.
[quote][p][bold]BTFCSEC[/bold] wrote: Point of order - 31st December is the deadline to register a club's intention to pull out of the southern league without fnancial penalty (which is up to £4000)[/p][/quote]The date changed in "recent seasons" according to Southern League secretary Jason Mills who confirmed the final withdrawal date was 31 March. Andy Mitchell
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Bampah says...

Hotsy373 wrote:
Apologies for typo. Done by Will aged 9. Just came on to say how well written, whatever your stance, Ben D Bus and steve p's articles are in the face of unsupported vitriol. Funny how a team that's skint could get a home game on yet the Dorset millionaires couldn't; however, they managed to find the time to boost their squad.
Yeah and at least 6 of the RWA came across to support Bashley when Poole's game was called off.
Don't knock your neighbours out of jealousy. Yes we've got a strong fan base which helps to support a strong squad but we don't go slagging other teams, more or less fortunate than us..
We are all non-league, family football fans and if we could do something to help Bash, then we would but comments like yours don't help the situation.
[quote][p][bold]Hotsy373[/bold] wrote: Apologies for typo. Done by Will aged 9. Just came on to say how well written, whatever your stance, Ben D Bus and steve p's articles are in the face of unsupported vitriol. Funny how a team that's skint could get a home game on yet the Dorset millionaires couldn't; however, they managed to find the time to boost their squad.[/p][/quote]Yeah and at least 6 of the RWA came across to support Bashley when Poole's game was called off. Don't knock your neighbours out of jealousy. Yes we've got a strong fan base which helps to support a strong squad but we don't go slagging other teams, more or less fortunate than us.. We are all non-league, family football fans and if we could do something to help Bash, then we would but comments like yours don't help the situation. Bampah
  • Score: 0

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