By Derek Bish
Saturday 28th November 2009
Weymouth Football Club was just 10 minutes from oblivion
before former Cambridge United chairman George Rolls stepped
in to save it.
The Trade Recruitment supremo satisfied the conditions set
by the Terras board on Monday and assumed control after
pumping £50,000 into the Wessex Stadium-based outfit.
Company secretary Ian Winsor warned supporters in yesterdays
Echosport that he would have no option but to liquidate the
club if Rolls failed to meet the deadline.
Winsor said: With 10 minutes to spare, Weymouth Football
Club is pleased to announce that, having met the conditions,
George Rolls has assumed control of the company.
Speaking to Echosport yesterday afternoon, ahead of his Monday
morning Press conference, Rolls said he hopes to bring financial
stability back to the club and finally get it to work within
its means which he believes needs to start with addressing
dwindling attendances at the Wessex Stadium.
The hard work starts Monday morning, said Rolls.
The fans need to realise Im not some big saviour
I dont look at myself that way.
It really is down to the town of Weymouth if they want
a football club for years and generations to come because
at the moment, with the level of support and income streams,
there is a bleak future.
I will give them my word that we will work as hard
as we can to turn this around.
This season is all about survival, on and off the pitch.
We can regroup next season and hopefully get the club back
in the Blue Square Premier, where I think it belongs.
With nobody left on the Terras board of directors,
Winsor was left to sign off the deal with Rolls.
If I hadnt stayed involved until the end then
the club would have gone into liquidation, said Winsor.
Because of my knowledge with the club I will provide
George with any assistance he needs.
Winsor has also backed Rolls to have a good crack at getting
Weymouth out of yet another perilous situation.
George is just football mad, said the former
director. Why would he put £25,000 into the clubs
bank account and give another £25,000 by bankers
draft if he didnt have the plans to make it survive?
He added: George has got to hit the ground running
he turned around Cambridge United and did a very good
job. He deserves a fair crack.
Having read yesterdays story in Echosport that the
club would be liquidated if Rolls failed to meet the noon
deadline, Steve Beasant and Chris Ryan reiterated their commitment
to helping the club out.
But after the deal between Rolls and the Terras was completed,
Ryan added his best wishes to the Cambridgeshire-based businessman.
However, the town financier doesnt see himself getting
involved in the club now, even though there are around 600,000
Make It So Ltd shares up for grabs at 50p each.
Good luck to George, I hope it works out, said
Ryan. He has got football experience so hopefully he
can turn it around.
Ive got a number of things going on in terms
of developing this business and in my personal life, so there
are possibilities, but nothing Ive given any thought.