financial issues at our beloved club have certainly focussed many of us on the
realities of running a semi-professional football team in a leisure market
saturated by live TV sport, Vue cinema and the many retail parks in the borough
laying siege to what little expendable money we have in our Merthyr Tydfil
pockets. We’ve ploughed a
lone furrow for decades in the grass is greener English non-league pyramid but
with a new dawn of football austerity on the horizon perhaps we need to cross
the rubicon and consider plying our wares in Wales. The idea will be
emotive and will almost certainly find few in agreement around Penydarren Park
but this decision must be taken with the head and not the heart and be based on
a sustainable future for the club and not be set due to the comfort of what we
know. So how do we
sustain a semi-professional football team to represent our town? And what is
the purpose of our football club? You can argue
that the current policy of maintaining a membersh…
So what do we know of the current crisis at Penydarren Park? Not a lot really as the current Board still remain silent on the financial reality at Merthyr Town FC – we’re owned by the fans by the way so it’s even more frustrating. We've had a further 4 directors resign this week which makes 9 in twelve months, it’s hard to keep tally so I may be wrong there but I’m sure we’ll have 4 more friendly faces co-opted to agree with the Chairman very soon. Any debts though will surely be due to the simple failure to tackle the issue of no income but increased costs (mostly due to staff) at the amazing new facility. We’ve covered the lack of fan engagement many times so why bother again? But are we really employing someone to set up events such as Bands at the ground when our town has more musical talent than at any time in our history? The staffing levels at Merthyr Town will surely be reviewed now which although long overdue will be a shame as there is still a lot to be proud of at Penydarre…
and here is FIFA's focus on Merthyr Town FC, filmed only a few weeks ago.
I've posted these here to show the diversity of our club and also to give a little understanding of how the club is a little different to many Non League clubs. The club has changed itself in the past 7 years and the former board struggled with many aspects of the transformation. These struggles find us in our current precarious position.
The Club is at a crossroads where the next few weeks could see the Martyrs implode due to the pressing tax demands, or the new board can galvanise the supporters and its partners to complete the vision of creating the finest community club in Europe.