According to my calculations the club is owed a significant amount of money based upon the commitments made. As to whether we get any of the monies outstanding I really am unsure, says Crowborough Athletic chairman Clive Maynard

Wednesday 26th December 2018

CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC chairman Clive Maynard says the club are experiencing issues with their local council with regards to utilising their clubhouse facilities at Alderbrook.


Mr Maynard issued a club statement on the club website revealing the off-the-pitch issues that the club are currently facing.

“The situation with Crowborough Town Council continues to rumble on with regard to our use of the clubhouse,” he said.

“This is particularly frustrating, as much of what we would like to do whether this be music nights, club fund raisers of as a party venue, all centres about the clubhouse.

“We are now waiting on the Council’s solicitors to review the Fields in Trust Lease, which is the latest obstacle being used by the Town Council.

“We were hoping to get this resolved quickly as I am keen to rebuild the clubs balance sheet.

“Independently, the Executive Committee have contacted Fields in Trust and their view on usage supports that of the Executive Committee, who will be chasing up Crowborough Town Council about this matter in the New Year.”

Manager Sean Muggeridge is working with a much lower budget this season due to the clubs benefactor pulling out last year. 

The club missed out on promotion for two years running after losing out to Ashford United and Sevenoaks Town but they are working with a younger set of players this season.

Mr Maynard added:  “Another area which is unresolved is the situation with the benefactor for the last two seasons, whom we are still in contact with.

“According to my calculations the club is owed a significant amount of money based upon the commitments made. As to whether we get any of the monies outstanding I really am unsure.

“However, it would be wrong of the Executive Committee and I to give up on this issue and we will continue to pursue until such times as we see the situation as completely closed, one way or the other.

“We also need to present last years accounts to the membership. Being a member of this great club gives people the opportunity to influence how the club is run.  Interested parties should ensure that their memberships are up to date ahead of the eagerly awaited AGM.”

Muggeridge has done a sterling job, guiding the club to fourteenth-place in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table with 26 points on the board from 21 games.

They host local rivals Tunbridge Wells on Saturday. Jason Bourne’s side have turned the corner in recent weeks and have climbed the table and are now a couple of places behind the Crows with 20 points from 18 games.

Mr Maynard is relishing the game against his former club.

He said: “Weather permitting we host our noisy neighbours on Saturday. The Tunbridge Wells games are always full-blooded derbies so don’t miss this one.

“I am sure everyone will be chomping at the bit to escape the turkey and mince pies by then, so what better way to blow away the Christmas cobwebs”

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Crowborough Athletic  v  Tunbridge Wells
Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division
Saturday 29 December 2018
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