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The FA really annoy me. But I think legally speaking, they are probably right?
I like the grays Chairman, he paid for Altrincham to have legal representation at their appeal against the 18 point deduction a couple of seasons back, but his signature is on a contract for this guy, i think they might be screwed.
and investigations in to him before he signed the contract, surely he won't have a leg to stand on?
and he did declare some motoring offences that were going through court when he signed.
clubs are bank rolled by some semi rich idiot, with no decent business plan. Week in week out you see the likes of Crawley down at Moss Lane, who pay well above the odds for the best players in the league, on attendences that are less than ours. At least half of the clubs in the league should be part time.
and Crawley are a true brown envelope club. How the FA haven't stepped in to any extent recently is beyond belief. Even when the FA were involved, they were still signing ridiculous loan agreements.
The only decent thing Canvey brought to the league was their keeper, Danny Potter, down at Cambridge now i think.
was Sestanovich's agent? Certainly one of the better players we've come up against over the years.
But I respect the guy for refusing to pay.
If they get suspended then, frankly, it's farcical decision-making from the FA.
Yeah. They do have a history of this sort of thing.
there would never be any sanctions like this in the premiership though.
when you consider that AFC Kingston were let off a similar charge last season with a slap on the wrist - the difference being that their player hadn't been at an English pyramid club since playing in a foreign country.
they shouldn't have been docked those 18 points. It's just a shame that Alty didn't have such high-profile backers and media-savvy contacts to call upon.
"Wimbledon" fan I agree. The FA are slowly fucking football up in this country. If the same happened to a Chelsea player there is no way the FA would make them pay.
I fully agree, 18 points was crazy. But as a fan of a smaller non-league club, the whole thing smacked of one rule for the larger/better known teams, and another for the rest of us. While I doubt we'd have made the same mistake (and I feel for Trevor Williams having done so), I'm prety damn sure that there's no way that we'd have managed to get the penalty overturned.
That's what I'm saying. Shame that Alty didn't have those people to argue them out of it in the way that Wimbledon did. It's totally one rule for them, one for everyone else.
was Accringtons fault really. Luckily for us, Scarborough went bust, which saved our bacon, the league has been a farce recently though.
They've a theme club. There should be more of them. Until they're BOTTOM of the league!!!!
Bottom was a Shakespearean character, yeah?
that someone will bankroll a club, with the idea of obtaining promotion, as though the football league is some kind of holy grail, and when it doesn't happen, they back off as fast as they can, leaving the club with players on daft contracts that they can't afford to pay. Even when a team makes it though, it doesnt really amount to much, look at Macclesfield.
LOLOLOLOL WAVE AT THEM AS THEY GO BYE BYE BACK DOWN THE LEAGUES WEEEEEEE!!!!!
Best example ever.
a good couple of million on that ground, in the middle of nowhere, with sod all fans and a drum.
It gets to August and no-one has a bloody clue who's in the league that year, as no-one knows been relegated, not been promoted due to ground issues, gone bust, been docked 20 points, merged with Moor Green or WHATEVER. It's bonkers.
Canvey Island still have more money than we do, and arguably were better placed to make a go of the Ryman Premier than us.
Principles can be expensive things, but I'll have respect x100 for Grays and the chairman if they stick with this
Grays had no right to cancel his contract for being arrested - innocent until proven guilty and all that, it's why people get put on fully paid leave. If they believed he got his contract on false pretences, that's something for a court of law to decide rather than the FA, who don't have any jurisdiction over that (quite why it's taken this long to get anywhere near court is beyond me).
In the meantime, they've got a footballing debt to Sestanovich, which within the FA's own rules has to be paid to ensure parity with other football clubs. If the contract's ruled to be invalid, then the money gets clawed back as it would be with any other contract.
He told them he'd been done for some lame offence, then the moment it came out that he was being done for armed robbery and DEATH STUFF they got rid of him. Which is fair enough.
but as I said, if they believe that the contract was obtained on false pretences - there's a legal term for it - then that's down to the legal system to decide, not the FA. Until then, they're liable to pay up.
If only you hadn't stormed out on Grimsby Town because you were only named as a substitute. You might still be a professional footballer and not in jail for the next couple of years :/
The sad thing is he was pretty decent at league two level. If only he wasn't an utter moron.
Although I think it was a low 20 yard shot but whatever. I'm going to go search through the Mariners World archives for it.