Reading the latest article in the nlp (14-7-13) I can't help but think "isn't it about time Thurrock took this relegation on the chin and just get on with it". Appeal after appeal and now the threat of possibly resigning from the league if they don't get the decision they want from the F A. Enough is enough, time to move on?
A 3g pitch means this club is not run on plastic, we just play on it.
“ABSOLUTELY gutted” was the verdict of Thurrock FC owner Tommy South after his club lost their last battle in the fight against a Ryman League points deduction that means they will be relegated. The long running saga came to a conclusion this afternoon when UK Arbitration ruled in favour of the league and Football Association who had found the club guilty of playing a banned player last season. The punishment involved a three point deduction by the Ryman League which sees Thurrock dropped to the Ryman One North – but though the decision by the arbitration panel is final; there could yet be one more twist in the saga. South has previously said he would consider folding the club if the decision went against Thurrock and just moments after receiving the ruling he said his first thoughts were to do just that. “I went into the arbitration not expecting to win but after a full day’s hearing I was really optimistic. The FA ‘experts’ were made to look foolish and the whole thing seemed to have turned in our favour on the weight of evidence. If I had been a betting man, I would have backed us to win after what was done and said yesterday but no doubt after this ruling, which leaves me gutted, the FA and Ryman people will have the champagne out! I am absolutely gutted, it hasn’t really sunk in and at the moment I just feel like packing it all in. But if I do that they have won – and that sticks in my craw too. “We will have a think and have a meeting tonight (Tuesday) and see where we go but I am seriously not sure about what to do. “When the judge needed more time to weigh up a decision and it took overnight, you felt that the odds were finally swinging in our favour but there you go! You don’t seem ever to be able to win with these people. The league and the FA have been shown to have made mistakes which were proven, but when a club makes a mistake even when it was something that couldn’t be avoided and was done in good faith, we get punished. “I am just absolutely numb, I feel gutted and sick about football, which I never thought I would say.”
Always felt this result was inevitable. The fact the the Ryman League and the FA were slow to act didn't fundamentally change anything in that the rules were still broken, and the fact that Harlow found out the player was banned simply by checking the Essex FA website surely meant that Thurrock really had no chance with this appeal, and all they achieved was to wind up the fans of clubs in all three divisions.