Curtis: I've acted within the law
By Ky Capel
Thursday 13th March 2008
WEYMOUTH chairman Malcolm Curtis has again played down suggestions
of irregularities over the transfer of land at the Wessex
Stadium to his company Wessex Park Limited.
Following a statement released to the Press an unnamed group
has instructed solicitors and accountants to investigate the
But Terras' majority shareholder Curtis insists the transfer
was done honestly.
He told Echosport: "I'm 100 per cent confident that
we've acted within the law. People are again trying to knock
plans to make Weymouth Football Club sustainable so it's very
"If people want to challenge me in a court of law then
fine, I'm not daft enough to have not sought sufficient advice
before going ahead with the deal.
"The statement doesn't damage me or Wessex Park Limited,
all it does is damage Weymouth FC. I've said in the Echo before
that bickering only prevents people from wanting to get involved
with the club and it's very frustrating.
"As a club we are trying to change big time. We've changed
the business model, some of the players and even the manager
so we were going to upset some people along the way."
Concerned The unhappy group is believed to consist of ex-directors,
majority shareholders and sponsors, but three names who have
ruled themselves out of the equation are Ian Ridley, Martyn
Harrison and Dave Higson.
Former chairman Ridley said: "I know that there a lot
of people concerned with the developments at the club and
several people, myself included, have expressed their concerns
but this group is something I have no knowledge about."
Another ex-chairman, Harrison, added: "I was at both
the home games against Farsley Celtic on Tuesday night and
the week before against Forest Green Rovers, and at those
games I was never approached by anyone in regards to this
Higson, whose firm Park Engineering recently declared they
are unlikely to be the Terras' main sponsors next season,
also distanced himself from any involvement.
He said: "It's news to me, I don't know who's involved.
I've made my feelings known already in the Echo and I don't
want to disrupt the club, but that doesn't mean I'm happy
with how the deal was done.
"Even if I don't like what's gone on I will be happy
knowing that the club is being run and that someone is paying
the players' wages therefore we have a club to support. If
Malcolm Curtis has failed to act correctly then he will face
The group are expected to issue a statement shortly, once
they've met with their accountants and solicitors.