Leiston chairman lays bare the club finances... And makes plea to fans
Leiston chairman Andy Crisp has given an impassioned plea to Blues fans to get behind the club – and help them balance the books this season – and going forward.
While stressing Leiston FC are under no threat financially, Crisp would like to see the ambition of the club’s Financial Board, and the club as a whole, matched with improved attendances and more local backing.
”While I sympathise with others, I feel it’s time we look at our own club and be a little more open with our current situation by way of finances,” Crisp said.
”It’s a well-known phrase in football that the supporters expect continued success and club progression and losing is never an option.
“Our Financial Board and committee have realised that and have shown ambition in abundance to make sure we deliver and realise fans’ dreams.
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“However, in my opinion the ambition shown by the club needs to be matched by the supporters. So, my plea is that we need support in helping us raise a considerable amount of money to help us balance the books for the rest of the season.”
Leiston are currently seventh in Bostik Premier, just three points off the play-offs.
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Step three football is very competitive and Leiston fans have enjoyed much success at this level for many seasons. But it doesn’t come cheap, as current fellow Step 3 Suffolk clubs, Needham Market and Lowestoft Town will testify.
Crisp, who has been chairman while the Blues have moved up the pyramid, is keen for Leiston to progress.
“We get great help from local businesses and we have a solid fan base, but I feel more can be done. If we could just get an extra 100 on our gate for example, that would raise £20,000 a season. That’s a huge difference.
“Lowestoft have had their financial problems lately and I suppose I felt it time for me to say that although we are not in their position, if the fans want us to continue to progress, they need to understand what it takes.
“We have no debts, we are well managed. We could live within our means, which would mean having a smaller playing budget. But we wouldn’t be as competitive and that’s not what I and I know the fans want.
“If anyone would like to discuss this further please feel free to contact me in confidence on 07769 904555.”