Taunton Town Football Club flood bill almost £20,000

Flooding at the ground last week. PHOTO: Twitter

Flooding at the ground last week. PHOTO: Twitter

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THE wet weather has cost Taunton Town Football Club almost £20,000 so far this year.

The team's last match at Viridor Stadium on Wordsworth Drive, was almost two months ago, when they welcomed Tiverton Town on Boxing Day.

Chief executive Kevin Sturmey said seven successive postpone¬ments have caused the club a huge headache.

He said: “It is a struggle because we can't pay players when we do not have football income.

“We are lucky that we have other areas of income for the club which are helping.

“The games will be replayed but on Tuesday nights you don't get the same bar revenue because peo¬ple have to drive and work the fol¬lowing day.

“It is not just the football that has been affected - we have skit¬tles and darts teams and because it is raining, people tend to drive rather than walk, which means we don't take as much money on the bar.”

The club say they are only a cou¬ple of weeks behind on payments to players and staff but they had to postpone their match against Merthyr Town on Saturday and Cirencester Town on Tuesday, meaning they have to wait until March 1 now for their next home clash against Paulton Rovers.

Mr Sturmey said: “I have never known the weather to be as bad as it is this year.

“There has been no respite but if we can get 48 hours of dry weather then we will be fine.

“We have a good pitch and we are working hard with sand and pitchforks to drain the water but it keeps raining and the water table is so high the rainfall has nowhere to go.”

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11:16am Fri 21 Feb 14

nat_11 says...

Taunton town football club is ****, so what if it floods
Taunton town football club is ****, so what if it floods nat_11
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1:49pm Fri 21 Feb 14

swjoduk says...

With an attitude like that it will remain at its current level!

Local people should get behind the local side, yes they are no Man Utd or Liverpool and the glitz of the Premier League, but neither is the town a Manchester or Liverpool.

If you want the club to progress then people need to support it. Go to the games, spend money in the bar. Like it or not the only way to progress up the leagues is with money. Without some big pocket backer which is unsustainable, the only way to bring more money in is if people get behind the club. Not just supporters but local businesses through sponsorship etc

So annoying in this town that all too often you ask who they support and its Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea etc. Same people then moan that they don't have a decent local side to support. If you want a decent side you need to support them now, not hope some sugar daddy comes along to propell them through the leagues or jump on the bandwaggon when there is success.
With an attitude like that it will remain at its current level! Local people should get behind the local side, yes they are no Man Utd or Liverpool and the glitz of the Premier League, but neither is the town a Manchester or Liverpool. If you want the club to progress then people need to support it. Go to the games, spend money in the bar. Like it or not the only way to progress up the leagues is with money. Without some big pocket backer which is unsustainable, the only way to bring more money in is if people get behind the club. Not just supporters but local businesses through sponsorship etc So annoying in this town that all too often you ask who they support and its Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea etc. Same people then moan that they don't have a decent local side to support. If you want a decent side you need to support them now, not hope some sugar daddy comes along to propell them through the leagues or jump on the bandwaggon when there is success. swjoduk
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