Given the amount I write about various football clubs, both positive and negative, it’s very rare I’ll use this platform to actively ask people to get involved to help a club. In Weymouth’s case I’ll make an exception.
The Terras aren’t just drinking in the last chance saloon, they’re wiping the ale from around their mouth as they try to work out if they can afford another beer. They may not make the end of the season.
On Saturday, they were forced to field a youth side as they couldn’t pay their insurance for their first team. The kids were thrashed 9-0 at home to Rushden & Diamonds.
The future looks bleak for Weymouth. Due to a succession of bad chairmen, poor decisions and general overspending, the Dorset club have spent the last few seasons in crisis. This season could be one season too far. Who knows if they’ll make it to May or beyond.
Crisis clubs are ten-a-penny at the moment, sadly, but you really have to feel for The Terras. Each new fresh dawn very quickly turns sour and into another financial mess. The supporters have to endure this on an annual basis.
And underneath it, there are a fantastically loyal band of supporters – enough to sustain a decent non-league club (if perhaps not at Conference level). They’ve suffered more than most.
I’ve not had particularly good experiences at the Wessex. Exeter usually lose there, for a start. But there’s still something I like about the club and want it to succeed. It’s hard to feel anything by sympathy for the fans.
So, if you’ve got a spare tenner lying about, please donate to Weymouth’s Save Our Club. It may not be much, but it all helps.
[There’s no Soccerlens column from me this week as I’m busy on other projects. The excellent Chris Nee will be stepping in for me instead].