Dorchester Town made a huge splash in the FA Cup last season, as they progressed through to the Second Round, eventually being halted by Luton Town, losing 2-1 in a tight fought affair.
This run in the cup not only made them the loveable minnows of the early rounds, but had seemingly secured their future for many years, as they made £50,000 from their successes.
Just under a year on from this success though, the club have debts of over £150,000. This has caused the club to take desperate measures in order to keep away from liquidation and still compete in the Conference South.
The club this week has put every registered player on the transfer list, in an attempt to cut the playing budget and raise funds to counter-act the crippling nature of their debts.
By far the most extreme move however, was to register the club’s manager, Phil Simkin, who at 60, would become one of the oldest players to ever compete in English football at any level.
This is originally to assure that the team can name a complete bench against Dover, although what players will be available for the match remains to be seen.
Therefore, it is likely that if the situation becomes worse, at the very least, Simkin may have to make a substitute appearance in order to keep the remaining squad players fresh.
His 30-year association with the club means that he is likely to do all within his power to keep the team alive.
Hopes have been further dashed though by their defeat to Shortwood United last Saturday, at just the Second Qualifying round stage of the FA Cup.
This was a far cry from the heroics of last year and mean that the club don’t have an easy way to raise the revenue which they owe, making the forthcoming season a worrying time for the faithful fans of Dorchester Town.
In an interview with BBC Radio Solent, Simkin described it as a “very sad time” and that he believed the Club would be would be “financially stable for the next two or three years” after the Cup run of 2012.
It creates a sombre tone however, and Dorchester Town could be the latest in a string of non-league teams like Kettering and Rushden & Diamonds to be liquidated.
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