Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Fans are keeping the faith with current Bury Town management

08:22 13 January 2014

Bury Town entertain Thamesmead Town at Ram Meadow and battle to a scoreless draw. The home crowd supporting the club

Bury Town entertain Thamesmead Town at Ram Meadow and battle to a scoreless draw. The home crowd supporting the club

Archant

Supporters of a football club suffering financial problems have said they are confident it is in good hands and called on the town to do more to back their local team.

shares

Last week the EADT and Bury Mercury launched the Backing Bury Town campaign in an attempt to boost attendances at Ram Meadow after the club revealed it was in financial difficulty.

A dramatic drop in fans attending games has been the main cause of the club’s cashflow problems, but supporters are unanimous in backing chairman Russell Ward and others running things behind the scenes.

Among the club’s more remarkable supporters is Dave Longman, who drives two hours to every home match from his house in Welwyn Garden City.

Mr Longman, who grew up in Bury, said: “What we need to do to get round it (the financial problems) has already been done. It’s no disaster, but it’s a bit of a warning. We’ve been through worse things.

“It’s one of those things where we’re looking okay at the moment, but if we get a few injuries, that could cause difficulties. We’re in a reasonable position.

“Attendances are going down all over the country. I don’t think there’s any real thing driving it apart from things outside the club.”

The club’s fanbase peaked during their championship-winning season of 2009/10 with an average gate of 530, which has dropped to around 320 for the current campaign.

Saturday’s attendance of 327 was the sixth-highest the club has had this season. The club’s two highest attendances of the year came in August, with a dramatic drop-off seeing only 126 turn out for a Ryman League Cup match against AFC Sudbury in October.

However, there have been recent signs of recovery, with their previous home game against Hornchurch also attracting a decent crowd of 367.

Bernard Turner has manned the turnstiles at the club for 17 seasons, but could not pinpoint a reason behind the drop in fans coming through the gate.

“Last year we were getting reasonable crowds, and for some reason they’ve dropped right off,” he said.

“I really can’t put my finger on it. If we’d had some bad results I’d understand it, but we’re getting decent results.”

Alan Wainwright has been a regular at Ram Meadow for 13 years, and remembers the club’s days in the Jewson League when 100 supporters was seen as a good turnout.

He said: “I think there’s always been a disconnect from the town. If you ask people about the local team, they’ll talk about Ipswich.

“We’ve had people come here from other clubs. They ask people for directions, and nobody knows where it is.”

Mr Wainwright also pointed to the collapse of plans to move to a new ground in Moreton Hall, which fell through in September.

“I’ve been reading for about the past two years that the ground was going to be moved and redeveloped,” he said.

“I don’t know what all the hold up has been, whether the council won’t play ball with them. I think that falling through knocked the stuffing out of things.”

shares

0 comments

Fire crews rescue the man in Rumburgh - photo Jane Davis

A driver is lucky to have escaped after his car careered off the road and into a pond in Rumburgh, say eyewitnesses.

Hollesley.

Opposition has been voiced over proposals to use part of the grounds of a residential home for nine properties, including much-needed affordable housing.

The design of the proposed new clifftop shelter at Felixstowe - a replacement for an earlier modernistic design labelled as a monstrosity by some councillors.

Proposals for a new clifftop shelter labelled by a community leader as a “monstrosity” have been ditched in favour of a more traditional design.

Enthusiasts at Bawdsey Transmitter Block at Bawdsey Manor to mark the 80th anniversary of the Daventry Experiment which proved radar was possible. A £1.4m lottery bid has been lodged to preserve the old radar station.

Enthusiasts have submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grant aid towards a £1.4million project to preserve one of Britain’s most precious pieces of war-time history and turn it into a major attraction.

Wayne Bayliss, 34, from Bury St Edmunds, is wanted for recall to prison

The public have been warned not to approach a 34-year-old man wanted for breaching the conditions of his release from prison on licence.

Police are appealing for help tracing a man after five bottles of spirits were stolen from a Morrisons store in Chelmsford

Police are appealing for help tracing a man they want to speak to in connection with the theft of alcohol from an Essex supermarket.

Man arrested following drug related death

Police have made an arrest following the sudden death of a man from a suspected drug overdose.

Police officers suspended from duty. Library image.

Five officers and one special constable are currently suspended from duty at Essex Police.

Breast cancer survivor Nichola Whymark and brother Alastair Wright are running the London Marathon.

A cancer survivor is taking on a marathon just 11 months after having a double mastectomy.

An impression of the new Moreton Hall secondary school.

Community leaders have made key decisions this week to drive forward a project involving a new school, sports facilities, homes, road and business park in Bury St Edmunds.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages