- Apr 25, 2015
- Reaction score
- Cheltenham Town
Griggs handed the club to the Supporter's Trust (I think they were a Trust) a while before passing. His family basically forced him to give it up. Naturally, with the wages they were paying, etc... it was simply unsustainable for the small number of fans they had to keep it going and the costs spiralled until eventually they went bust. That AFC R&D are still only in Step 4 of the non-league pyramid sums up how much they needed the financial backing.Possibly, Rushden and Diamonds was a good example, worked their way up to League One, last a season and it all fell apart from there (Think the owner passed away who owned Dr Martens) and ended up folding.
Ironically we sent them down from L1 last game of the season (missing out on GD on the play offs in the process) and Nene Park was a lovely little ground, oddly had the largest stand behind the goal with tables and seats inside etc and that was given to the away fans, so they had the best facilities! Been demolished now which is crazy.
That said Fleetwood is an example of when it can work longer term and with their facilities/training ground would surely survive Pilley moving on.
Salford would be the one you'd expect to struggle if their investment got the plug pulled mind as they have very little in the way of facilities as you see on Class of 92 when they are picking dog shit up off the local park!
This has always been my concern with FGR. Dale Vince is not immortal - at least I assume he's not - what happens when he goes?