Non-league: Stewart to stand in as chairman but Wimborne face budget cuts

FACING CUTBACKS: Wimborne Town manager Steve Cuss

FACING CUTBACKS: Wimborne Town manager Steve Cuss

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DIRECTOR Ken Stewart is warning Wimborne Town will have to operate with a reduced playing budget next season unless outgoing chairman Paul Miller's investment is replaced.

Miller, who succeeded Stewart in the chair at the start of the season, announced earlier this month that he would quit Cuthbury at the end of the current campaign due to business and family commitments.

Long-serving Stewart, who had been at the helm for the previous seven years, revealed he would reluctantly step back into the breach on a temporary basis should the quest for a viable alternative prove fruitless.

In a candid assessment of Magpies' inconsistent campaign, Stewart also conceded that Wimborne had underachieved after Miller had targeted a play-off place during pre-season.

And with the club now left with three directors, Stewart this week advised manager Steve Cuss, contracted until the end of next season, that he would have fewer resources at his disposal unless fresh blood was found for the boardroom.

Stewart told the Daily Echo: “We were disappointed to lose Paul. Not only did he do a fair amount of work for the club but it has also left a bit of a hole in the budget.

“We are actively looking for other directors and may advertise the position of chairman if we cannot find someone in house.

“Having done seven years in the post, I feel like I have done my time. It is a job for someone else.”

On the cutbacks, Stewart added: “Steve (Cuss) now knows his budget for next season and as any manager will tell you, it is never enough but he has agreed to work with it.

“It is slightly reduced but there might be some room for manoeuvre if we can attract someone else onto the board or if we enjoy a cup run next season.

“For the amount of money spent, we would have expected to go a little bit further this season but would still like to hold onto our key players.”

Meanwhile, Magpies today finished their home fixtures on a high note with a 2-0 win over Tiverton Town, ending their visitors' interest in the title race.

Mark Gamble and James Stokoe both went close during a first half of few chances before Matt Kemble broke the deadlock 12 minutes after the restart, nodding home George Webb's outswinging centre at the far post.

Gamble saw a poor penalty saved by Tivvy's Michael Searle after Ian Oliver had been caught by the flailing arm of Aaron Wilson, but made no mistake with his second spot kick having been upended by Matt Vallis midway through the second half.

Magpies: Harvell, Arnold, Maybury, Oliver, Brimson, Blake, Griffin, Kemble (Grose, 90), Stokoe, Gamble, Webb. Unused subs: Battison, Roast

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1:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Kickit says...

A poor season from the first team, boardroom and funding issues and apparently over 50% of the Youth teams are leaving.

Not good for the Magpies.
A poor season from the first team, boardroom and funding issues and apparently over 50% of the Youth teams are leaving. Not good for the Magpies. Kickit
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8:54pm Tue 22 Apr 14

GetOnTheBeerSon says...

Wimborne have done well with the use of their youngsters especially Donachy & Brimson. Question is will Cussy "give youth a chance" as they have proved they are capable of playing at that standard. I am sure he would get them at a fraction of the cost he would have to pay for an overrated experienced defender which have been seen at Cuthbury this season. Go on Steve take the punt & commit to the lads you know they will give you 110%.
Wimborne have done well with the use of their youngsters especially Donachy & Brimson. Question is will Cussy "give youth a chance" as they have proved they are capable of playing at that standard. I am sure he would get them at a fraction of the cost he would have to pay for an overrated experienced defender which have been seen at Cuthbury this season. Go on Steve take the punt & commit to the lads you know they will give you 110%. GetOnTheBeerSon
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11:30pm Tue 22 Apr 14

cheeriedriteup says...

GetOnTheBeerSon wrote:
Wimborne have done well with the use of their youngsters especially Donachy & Brimson. Question is will Cussy "give youth a chance" as they have proved they are capable of playing at that standard. I am sure he would get them at a fraction of the cost he would have to pay for an overrated experienced defender which have been seen at Cuthbury this season. Go on Steve take the punt & commit to the lads you know they will give you 110%.
If it is true that 50% of the youth teams are leaving how can Steve Cuss ' give youth a chance ' ? Surely they will be elsewhere meaning Wimborne will have to buy leaving a larger hole in future budgets
[quote][p][bold]GetOnTheBeerSon[/bold] wrote: Wimborne have done well with the use of their youngsters especially Donachy & Brimson. Question is will Cussy "give youth a chance" as they have proved they are capable of playing at that standard. I am sure he would get them at a fraction of the cost he would have to pay for an overrated experienced defender which have been seen at Cuthbury this season. Go on Steve take the punt & commit to the lads you know they will give you 110%.[/p][/quote]If it is true that 50% of the youth teams are leaving how can Steve Cuss ' give youth a chance ' ? Surely they will be elsewhere meaning Wimborne will have to buy leaving a larger hole in future budgets cheeriedriteup
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1:26pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Kickit says...

My nephews team is leaving. From what I can gather, the club will go from 16 teams to 6 for next season as far as youth teams are concerned.

The club has told all the kids teams that they need to be 'self sufficient', so it seems that the belt tightening exercise mentioned in this article stretches right through the club.
My nephews team is leaving. From what I can gather, the club will go from 16 teams to 6 for next season as far as youth teams are concerned. The club has told all the kids teams that they need to be 'self sufficient', so it seems that the belt tightening exercise mentioned in this article stretches right through the club. Kickit
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6:01pm Wed 23 Apr 14

GetOnTheBeerSon says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
GetOnTheBeerSon wrote:
Wimborne have done well with the use of their youngsters especially Donachy & Brimson. Question is will Cussy "give youth a chance" as they have proved they are capable of playing at that standard. I am sure he would get them at a fraction of the cost he would have to pay for an overrated experienced defender which have been seen at Cuthbury this season. Go on Steve take the punt & commit to the lads you know they will give you 110%.
If it is true that 50% of the youth teams are leaving how can Steve Cuss ' give youth a chance ' ? Surely they will be elsewhere meaning Wimborne will have to buy leaving a larger hole in future budgets
They have used 4 lads from the reserves this season Donachy (18) Brimson (19) Grose (18) & Burton-Hemmings (17) all have done well & played for free i believe. If that is not youth then I apologise. What I was saying is he should get these lads signed on before they go elsewhere and then he won't have to buy or pay big bucks.
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GetOnTheBeerSon[/bold] wrote: Wimborne have done well with the use of their youngsters especially Donachy & Brimson. Question is will Cussy "give youth a chance" as they have proved they are capable of playing at that standard. I am sure he would get them at a fraction of the cost he would have to pay for an overrated experienced defender which have been seen at Cuthbury this season. Go on Steve take the punt & commit to the lads you know they will give you 110%.[/p][/quote]If it is true that 50% of the youth teams are leaving how can Steve Cuss ' give youth a chance ' ? Surely they will be elsewhere meaning Wimborne will have to buy leaving a larger hole in future budgets[/p][/quote]They have used 4 lads from the reserves this season Donachy (18) Brimson (19) Grose (18) & Burton-Hemmings (17) all have done well & played for free i believe. If that is not youth then I apologise. What I was saying is he should get these lads signed on before they go elsewhere and then he won't have to buy or pay big bucks. GetOnTheBeerSon
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8:11pm Wed 23 Apr 14

curryandstella says...

Easy problem to deal with, cap players wages to a maximum of £50 per week, if the players think that is not enough then they could go elsewhere, but where??
Easy problem to deal with, cap players wages to a maximum of £50 per week, if the players think that is not enough then they could go elsewhere, but where?? curryandstella
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6:43am Thu 24 Apr 14

cheeriedriteup says...

GetOnTheBeerSon wrote:
cheeriedriteup wrote:
GetOnTheBeerSon wrote:
Wimborne have done well with the use of their youngsters especially Donachy & Brimson. Question is will Cussy "give youth a chance" as they have proved they are capable of playing at that standard. I am sure he would get them at a fraction of the cost he would have to pay for an overrated experienced defender which have been seen at Cuthbury this season. Go on Steve take the punt & commit to the lads you know they will give you 110%.
If it is true that 50% of the youth teams are leaving how can Steve Cuss ' give youth a chance ' ? Surely they will be elsewhere meaning Wimborne will have to buy leaving a larger hole in future budgets
They have used 4 lads from the reserves this season Donachy (18) Brimson (19) Grose (18) & Burton-Hemmings (17) all have done well & played for free i believe. If that is not youth then I apologise. What I was saying is he should get these lads signed on before they go elsewhere and then he won't have to buy or pay big bucks.
These four have done well and have more to give,
[quote][p][bold]GetOnTheBeerSon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GetOnTheBeerSon[/bold] wrote: Wimborne have done well with the use of their youngsters especially Donachy & Brimson. Question is will Cussy "give youth a chance" as they have proved they are capable of playing at that standard. I am sure he would get them at a fraction of the cost he would have to pay for an overrated experienced defender which have been seen at Cuthbury this season. Go on Steve take the punt & commit to the lads you know they will give you 110%.[/p][/quote]If it is true that 50% of the youth teams are leaving how can Steve Cuss ' give youth a chance ' ? Surely they will be elsewhere meaning Wimborne will have to buy leaving a larger hole in future budgets[/p][/quote]They have used 4 lads from the reserves this season Donachy (18) Brimson (19) Grose (18) & Burton-Hemmings (17) all have done well & played for free i believe. If that is not youth then I apologise. What I was saying is he should get these lads signed on before they go elsewhere and then he won't have to buy or pay big bucks.[/p][/quote]These four have done well and have more to give, cheeriedriteup
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12:08am Fri 25 Apr 14

cheeriedriteup says...

It seems the youth Chairman at Wimborne is more interested in grave dodgers than the youth section, one well publicized oldies game but nothing said about ' Ed' forcing 14 youth teams out of Wimborne Town FC

A young Wimborne Town Reserve side beat London amateur outfit Old Uffingtonians in a special Easter Sunday friendly at Cuthbury.

Youth paid off for the Magpies Ressies as they won the encounter 8-1. That didn’t stop the Old Uffingtonians, several of whom on the wrong side of 40, from enjoying the game – and the club bar following the final whistle.

Ressies boss Ed Taylor attempted to even things out age-wise by coming on later in the game.

“I had a cameo appearance on for 20 minutes but performed for 5 minutes - served to balance the average ages a little,” said Ed.

This was not the first visit to Wimborne for Old Uffingtonians, former pupils of Willesden County Grammar School. They had previously visited over the years to play a Wimborne XI but had not been down in this part of the world for six years.

The group also spent the weekend in the town, staying with wives and children at the Kings Head.

Meanwhile, Ed Taylor paid tribute to all those who helped make the day such a success.

“Thanks should be given to Peter Barham, Mike and other staff at club and referee Paul Froud who fostered the spirit of the occasion.”
It seems the youth Chairman at Wimborne is more interested in grave dodgers than the youth section, one well publicized oldies game but nothing said about ' Ed' forcing 14 youth teams out of Wimborne Town FC A young Wimborne Town Reserve side beat London amateur outfit Old Uffingtonians in a special Easter Sunday friendly at Cuthbury. Youth paid off for the Magpies Ressies as they won the encounter 8-1. That didn’t stop the Old Uffingtonians, several of whom on the wrong side of 40, from enjoying the game – and the club bar following the final whistle. Ressies boss Ed Taylor attempted to even things out age-wise by coming on later in the game. “I had a cameo appearance on for 20 minutes but performed for 5 minutes - served to balance the average ages a little,” said Ed. This was not the first visit to Wimborne for Old Uffingtonians, former pupils of Willesden County Grammar School. They had previously visited over the years to play a Wimborne XI but had not been down in this part of the world for six years. The group also spent the weekend in the town, staying with wives and children at the Kings Head. Meanwhile, Ed Taylor paid tribute to all those who helped make the day such a success. “Thanks should be given to Peter Barham, Mike and other staff at club and referee Paul Froud who fostered the spirit of the occasion.” cheeriedriteup
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