Terras reveal £35,000 more
By Derek Bish
Wednesday 9th December 2009
TWO months of unopened mail revealed another £35,000
that Weymouth Football Club owes, new owner George Rolls told
a meeting of supporters at the Wessex Stadium last night.
It was the first opportunity fans of the Terras had to question
Rolls on his takeover and the gravity of the situation facing
him and his new board.
One of the other announcements made by the clubs new
chairman was that former chief executive Gary Calder would
also be returning to the club on a part-time basis.
Gary is going to be here, he knows the area and knows
the people in Weymouth, said Rolls. I cant
get down everyday and we need to have someone holding the
fort in the office so Andy Cooke can go out and sell.
It is important Weymouth start bringing cash in which
they hope to do by bringing catering and the bar back in-house
by the end of the season, and have a verbal agreement with
Wessex Delivery Partner-ship to use the car park for events
because Rolls warned that the clubs £700,000
debt was rising hourly.
The Trade Recruitment supremo also said Weymouth have in
the region of £70,000 owed to them that needs chasing
because invoices had not been issued by the previous board,
including for loan deals such as that of Matt Townley
to Clevedon Town.
But even though money is owed to them, there are still outstanding
debts such as the £7,500 monthly bill to HMRC, which
Rolls said has risen three-fold after the previous board were
unable to honour their £2,500 a month deal.
And with former boss Alan Lewers £80,000 claim
for unfair dismissal also hanging around their necks
that was due to go to court tomorrow before an adjournment
was allowed Rolls warned of hard times ahead.
Its going to be a hard slog for three years,
its not going to be pretty, he said. The
next three years are going to be hard work but if you are
prepared to turn up for the team then I will work hard for
He added: I dont mind upsetting everyone in the
room if its for the good of the Football club.
Rolls assured everyone that all players, including departed
captain Kyle Critchell, would all be paid up to date in the
next couple of days after receiving their bank details.
The Terras Saviours 100 will also be spoken to and deals
struck to satisfy those who contributed to the scheme.
* Stuart Barnes Ltd will be the shirt-front sponsor for a
new Terras kit that is to be launched in the New Year,
Rolls also told the meeting.
The Weymouth chairman hopes to have the kit in place for
the game with Dorchester Town on New Years Day.