Knowing how tight things are for everyone right now, I was sad to hear yesterday how many non league clubs are already going bust. Are the iron going to survive this financial downturn?? No words from those in authority to date, I wish them all the best but it is concerning. No help from the council for business rates I assume? A statement may be interesting. Now the league has said only promotion teams may play, but relegation positions, no comment.
Concerns are only guided by those who are concerned. Whilst flicking through twitter, facebook, etc. You can see updates regularly on how they are trying to engage, and set strategies for the way ahead. Yes we are aware that everday can give more questions then answers. Like a lot of people, thing's are going to be different for many years. However it those seem that from the board, they are continuing in the same vain, as they have for a number of year's now. More so due to accountability. Why no news? Is it because the supporters that are left, don't care? As i only see a couple of people asking. The lack of engagement is deafening. Btfc, staying to form, will only respond if more people make noise. Or is it, as the great saying goes, you have got no fan's. Where btfc is now, and when this moves on, is anyone's guess as stated before. No news is good news. I think not.
Surprised that there has been so little asked or said about how the club is planning to survive covid 19. Hopefully the club has been living within its means up to now, and can withstand these barren times, but with the loss of all income from the last 3 games of the season and no social income from the clubhouse since lockdown started back in March things must be, at the very least getting pretty tight. Personally I can't see next season (2020/21) taking place at all at non league levels, TV money might force the hand of Premier & EFL leagues, but until a vaccine is available I don't see how it would be safe to open up football ground to supporters. I might be over reacting and I do hope I'm wrong, but if I am right that is going to leave the club with on, or very little income for the foreseeable future.
I would have thought the club must have made, or be making contingence plans for such a situation, but the lack of any interaction between the club and its supporters is concerning.
It would be nice and maybe a little reassuring for the supporters to hear something official from the club regarding how it is looking to move forward from these difficult times. Perhaps I might have jumped the gun a bit and the club is just waiting for the governments next lockdown update on Thursday before releasing a statement of its own.
As I said before hopefully I'm over reacting and we are all back at Cressing Road cheering on the Iron very, very soon. In the meantime stay safe everyone.
So very nice to see the chairman has made a statement. I hope it was on the club website before the local paper. Good to see we should survive but probably with none, or very few full time paid staff or players needing financial support. I look forward to the resuming of play whenever that may be, and wish the iron a lot more success than last season.