Badgers seek a buyer as curtain comes down

HUGE uncertainty continues to surround Eastwood Town Football Club as the Badgers prepare for their final two matches of the season.

Last Thursday’s sudden announcement that owner Robert Yong and chairman Tony Minnis have put the club up for sale came as the shock of being expelled from the Blue Square Bet North play-offs was still reverberating around the town.

And now, as Eastwood get ready to travel to Guiseley for their final league match and then play Carlton Town in the final of the Notts Senior Cup in Mansfield on Tuesday, huge question marks hang over the future of the club which is being sold for £1 and, according to Yong and Minnis, with ‘zero debts.’

In a statement on the club’s website, the duo blamed the Football Conference’s decision to bar them from the play-offs and also claimed Broxtowe Borough Council’s lack of support on a number of matters had made their position untenable.

The statement, signed by Minnis, said: “It is with great regret that we have come to this decision.

“Rob and I have hardly missed a single match over the last four years and there are a number of other individuals in our businesses that have also given up a huge amount of their personal time to help with the running of Eastwood Town FC.

“However, we have come to the point of no return.

“We feel we have been put in an untenable position by the Football Conference and Broxtowe Borough Council and there are irreconcilable differences between ourselves and these official bodies.

“Due to these differences we do not believe our continued ownership is within the best interests of Eastwood Town FC.”

It is now expected that the club will be sold when a suitable buyer has been found, and the futures of manager Paul Cox and his squad of players hang in the balance going into the summer months.

Praise

For the time being, Cox was reluctant to go into too much detail about the club’s current predicament off the field, instead continuing to praise his players for their attitude in the face of the recent adversity.

A draw at Worcester on Saturday and wins against Solihull Moors on Monday and Dunkirk in the Notts Senior Cup on Wednesday maintained the shine on the Badgers’ playing record and Cox says it’s now important to finish strongly.

“Everyone’s worried about what is going on but to be fair the players have been absolutely magnificent,” he said.

“They’ve gone out and simply got on with the job in hand, and whilst one or two of the games have had a disctinct end of season feel to them, they’re continuing to get results and dig deep.

“It would have been easy to throw the towel in once we knew weren’t going to make the play-offs but there’s been no sign of that at all, and they deserve great credit for that.”

Record

The trip to Guiseley will see the Badgers become record-breakers if they avoid defeat.

That will make it 19 games unbeaten since their last defeat against Stalybridge Celtic on February 8 - a record sequence in the Conference North.

Cox said: “With that and a tough Notts Senior Final at Mansfield to look forward to I really want the players to go the extra round now and win both games.

“They owe it to themselves and the fans to do all they can and it will be great to finish the season on a high.”