Just Buy The Lot
After a recent exodus of players from Bridlington, club chairman Peter Smirthwaite has made an offer to North Ferriby United. For the generous price of £125,000 the Directors of North Ferriby United can purchase the entire club.
No less than four players have made the switch from the Seasiders to The Villagers. Notable names include prolific goalscorer Brett Agnew and pacey left-back Jack Walters.
Smurthwaite also claimed that two of the four signings were made outside of the registration rules.
Club Statement In Full
Smurthwaite told the club website:
This is an open invitation to the Directors of North Ferriby United to consider the purchase of my football club then they won’t have to keep taking our players.
They have already signed four of our first team squad, two of which were signed outside of the registration rules and I have solid evidence they have now approached two more of our players outside of the rules.
They could purchase a club that is well ran and organised with excellent volunteer staff working at the club that is very well respected throughout the non-league football family and has plenty of potential for expansion.
The club is free of debt and covers it’s costs every season through good management, excellent sponsors and the support of the local community with an increase in attendances this season even though the team are mid table in the league. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the two supporters groups who raise money for the club which has gone towards refurbishment of the ladies toilets and new carpets in the club house and helps with the player’s expenses.
We work to a sensible budget in respect of player’s expenses and we do not try to buy success which has led to the club going out of business in the distant past. We are awaiting a response from the Football Authorities with regard to the “illegal approach” to our players and I would confirm we are not interested in the so called dual registration of players, it only ever works one way, that of the senior club.
I would put a sale price of £125,000.00 for the club which would be exceptional value for money.
North Ferriby United
North Ferriby United are currently at the foot of the National League North. Last season they were also relegated from the National League. The club is going through a rough transitional period, with Jamie Waltham taking over ownership.
In the past month the club has made a number of signings, but the results are still not coming in. With a points difference of 18 the challenge of keeping the team in the league looks near impossible.
Whether the club actually makes a genuine bid for Bridlington Town or continue to snatch players is up for debate. However with a potential change of home from North Ferriby to Dunswell, a lot is happening at the club.
After a number of players moved to the club it is questionable whether they will remain after the inevitable relegation.