Sunday, June 13, 2010

We thought we'd take this opportunity to tie up some loose ends with stories we've featured in the blog over the last few weeks.

First up, the plight of Salisbury City who were facing a two division demotion for failing to pay off all their creditors by the second Saturday of May, despite entering into a payment agreement.

Salisbury's appeal to the Football Conference was heard on June 9th and was not upheld. As a result the Club, who have done so well to become challengers in the Blue Square Premier, will now play next season in the Southern Premier League.

A spokesman for the Club's board said on Thursday:

"We moved heaven and earth to help get the club back on an even keel. We inherited all kinds of problems that were clearly not of our making, but with the help of our supporters, sponsors and the local community at large, we ensured that the club has now been stabilised and has a very important role to play in Salisbury life."

"To punish the club again seems particularly harsh and we know from the level of support we received from people in all walks of the game, many feel the same way. We are heartened by their comments and good wishes and know we have many friends in the football community."

The Club received over 5,000 signatures on an online petition protesting against the unjust original action by the League officials. These included signatures from people at over 100 League and non-league clubs across the land. Sadly it was to no avail, but we wish them all the best for their new rise up the football pyramid and we'll hopefully see them in the Conference again soon, and then who knows, maybe even the Football League itself.

It's starting to seem that relegation is becoming a thing of the past with all the reprieves teams seem to be getting, Forest Green Rovers being the team to benefit in the Blue Square Premier as a result.

Our second story to revisit up is that of the Boreham Wood thug who punched Kingstonian captain Francis Duku in the face during the Ryman League's Premier Division promotion playoff final, which Boreham Wood went on to win.

There has still been no decision around Kingstonian's appeal. It's unbelievable! There is a rumour though that this will be dealt with this coming week.

We'll keep you updated whenever a decision is made but with the Club already planning for next season, any decision isn't going to benefit them very much by the looks of it.

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