Whites keep fighting

Paul Smith (Whites' CEO)

Paul Smith (Whites' CEO)

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THE CEO of Salisbury City is refusing to lie down and insists the “fight goes on” to regain ownership of the limbo club as they prepare for another court appearance.

Paul Smith, pictured, will be heading to the High Court on Tuesday with the aim of seizing ownership of the club from current owner Otail Touzar.

Until the on-going ownership saga is sorted, the club’s board of directors are unable to enter a league as they have no football team, after losing all of their players in the summer.

Mr Smith, who has been tackling the ownership battle alongside the club’s five directors, is urging supporters across the city to back them.

“The people involved in this club will not let it fold,” Mr Smith said.

“We can only do what we can do but we’ll be battle on.

“We’re most definitely not going to chuck the towel in and we’re doing our best to get things right.”

“The board of directors are decent people and are trying to save the club from being obliterated.

“At the moment, we need the support of the people as we’re in a dire and desperate situation.”

With the Ray Mac club not affiliated to any league, The Sydenhams Wessex League, which started three weeks ago, has left the door ajar for the potential late addition of the Whites to their ranks.

But according to Mr Smith, S a l i s b u r y haven’t discussed potential entry to the W e s s e x Premier and added they don’t have aspirations to join it.

But if they did, following consultation with the Football Association, the league has put clubs on standby to attend an emergency general meeting at Totton & Eling Sports Club on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Steve Claridge, who was lined up to replace Mikey Harris as first team manager, has taken a back seat while the legal matters take are sorted.

Mr Smith added: “Steve is a good friend of mine but at the moment he can’t sign any players as he has nothing to offer them.”

“We just have to take one step at a time. At the moment we don’t own the football club.”

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11:21am Thu 21 Aug 14

reasonedhuman says...

Paul Smith is NOT the CEO and the people you describe as the board are not THE BOARD as they have no legal right to call themselves this!

Please Salisbury Journal please start reporting facts!
Paul Smith is NOT the CEO and the people you describe as the board are not THE BOARD as they have no legal right to call themselves this! Please Salisbury Journal please start reporting facts! reasonedhuman
  • Score: 9

1:08pm Thu 21 Aug 14

IanMcL says...

How sad this all is for Salisbury. No team, no proper owner, no league.

Not good enough. Can't a creditor get the club wound up? At least SCFC 2014 could actually become a reality and football start once again.

The season is well under way - only fans lose out and the city will be the poorer for it all.
How sad this all is for Salisbury. No team, no proper owner, no league. Not good enough. Can't a creditor get the club wound up? At least SCFC 2014 could actually become a reality and football start once again. The season is well under way - only fans lose out and the city will be the poorer for it all. IanMcL
  • Score: 12

2:18pm Thu 21 Aug 14

reasonedhuman says...

Ian - HMRC have a winding up order petition being heard on September 1st.. This will be the final nail in the coffin!
Ian - HMRC have a winding up order petition being heard on September 1st.. This will be the final nail in the coffin! reasonedhuman
  • Score: 4

3:07pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Bobmeup says...

The wessex league option would have to be voted in. Check Winchester's comments if interested. Thats one vote against, and several other clubs will vote in a similar fashion.
The wessex league option would have to be voted in. Check Winchester's comments if interested. Thats one vote against, and several other clubs will vote in a similar fashion. Bobmeup
  • Score: 3

8:48pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Grampie says...

There is a familiar story here http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-wales-28712
229

Promises, princes and no money by somebody who took over a club, this time a rugby club
There is a familiar story here http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-28712 229 Promises, princes and no money by somebody who took over a club, this time a rugby club Grampie
  • Score: 2

9:31pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Bully669 says...

This guy s an unmitigated disaster.

Journalist and Wanabee CEO are completely different. Do you not know that by now?

Time to return to day job Mr Smith.

#absolutelyclueless
This guy s an unmitigated disaster. Journalist and Wanabee CEO are completely different. Do you not know that by now? Time to return to day job Mr Smith. #absolutelyclueless Bully669
  • Score: 5

12:29am Sat 23 Aug 14

IanMcL says...

"Ian - HMRC have a winding up order petition being heard on September 1st.. This will be the final nail in the coffin!"

Thaks for that RHB - Let's hope that the new salisbury, with the local enthusiasts and fans can make a fist of the new club that will follow.
"Ian - HMRC have a winding up order petition being heard on September 1st.. This will be the final nail in the coffin!" Thaks for that RHB - Let's hope that the new salisbury, with the local enthusiasts and fans can make a fist of the new club that will follow. IanMcL
  • Score: 1

7:01am Sat 23 Aug 14

Bully669 says...

IanMcL wrote:
"Ian - HMRC have a winding up order petition being heard on September 1st.. This will be the final nail in the coffin!"

Thaks for that RHB - Let's hope that the new salisbury, with the local enthusiasts and fans can make a fist of the new club that will follow.
But will Mrs Fallon get a fit an proper tick in the box fro the FA?

Or is it really Jim in drag?
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: "Ian - HMRC have a winding up order petition being heard on September 1st.. This will be the final nail in the coffin!" Thaks for that RHB - Let's hope that the new salisbury, with the local enthusiasts and fans can make a fist of the new club that will follow.[/p][/quote]But will Mrs Fallon get a fit an proper tick in the box fro the FA? Or is it really Jim in drag? Bully669
  • Score: 3

7:01am Sat 23 Aug 14

Bully669 says...

IanMcL wrote:
"Ian - HMRC have a winding up order petition being heard on September 1st.. This will be the final nail in the coffin!"

Thaks for that RHB - Let's hope that the new salisbury, with the local enthusiasts and fans can make a fist of the new club that will follow.
But will Mrs Fallon get a fit an proper tick in the box fro the FA?

Or is it really Jim in drag?
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: "Ian - HMRC have a winding up order petition being heard on September 1st.. This will be the final nail in the coffin!" Thaks for that RHB - Let's hope that the new salisbury, with the local enthusiasts and fans can make a fist of the new club that will follow.[/p][/quote]But will Mrs Fallon get a fit an proper tick in the box fro the FA? Or is it really Jim in drag? Bully669
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Schoolmum999 says...

This slow and painful death of Salisbury City is a disaster for the youth and kids teams. If they have registered with their leagues under the Salisbury City banner and affiliations and the club folds, does their registration then end to? I am worried that they too may be expelled from their competitions as they will no longer comply with the registration and governance requirements of the competitions they have entered. I would imagine that sensible parents may be worried for any subs they have paid. A nightmare!
This slow and painful death of Salisbury City is a disaster for the youth and kids teams. If they have registered with their leagues under the Salisbury City banner and affiliations and the club folds, does their registration then end to? I am worried that they too may be expelled from their competitions as they will no longer comply with the registration and governance requirements of the competitions they have entered. I would imagine that sensible parents may be worried for any subs they have paid. A nightmare! Schoolmum999
  • Score: 4

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