By Bashley Football Club | Angela Speechley-Price | Thursday 5th March 2015


As we approach the back end of a very difficult season it is time for us as a club
to make decisions that will move us forward. When we came to Bashley at the
start of the season there were no players remaining and only a hand full of willing
volunteers. Our objective was to save a club that was at the centre of its
community and to make it viable.

Playing in the Southern League for a small village side is a privilege the club
should be proud to have enjoyed, financially it came at a great cost for many
individuals. For the club continued involvement at this level it would again require
individual investment or a consortium to step forward.

With the demise of Hereford and Salisbury FC respectively and the rumours
circulating of possible withdrawals it is not inevitable that finishing bottom will not
result in automatic relegation. I have been informed although not had it officially
confirmed that only one team will be accepted from the Wessex League so until
the decision is no longer ours we must assume that the possibility exists.

The cost of Southern League football for us compared with Wessex League
football is in excess of £15,000 per year. With our small budget that we could
produce next year for the Southern League compared with a working budget for
the Wessex League is one of the considerations our members need to consider.

We have fundraising initiatives in place and others in the pipeline, but for the club
to compete at the level we believe would require thirty thousand pounds extra per
The date is fast approaching for which the club must apply for which League it
wishes to participate in next season. To that end we will be holding a 'Members'
meeting on Friday 20th March 2015. Anybody who would like to put forward any
proposals to the club which could aid this decision should do so prior to this
date via email to

We have as a club regrouped during this season, regardless of what people
outside of our club believe our players have been a credit to the club. We have
asked them to perform under very difficult circumstances, some have stayed
despite being offered incentives to go elsewhere.

If rumours are to be believed budgets range from £20,000 to £120,000 per year
throughout the league and to a large degree the league table reflects this. Our
budget has been non-existent this season and the League table reflects just
that.  Our players have toughed it out with us when lesser players would not
have. For us at the club this makes them winners.

For this I thank both them and our hardy supporters (140 on average every home
game which is incredible).

Yours in sport

Angela Speechley-Price
(A Members Club Founded 1947)
Bashley Road | Bashley | New Milton | Hampshire | BH25 5RY
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