Following on from previous press releases on the future of Blyth Spartans, chairman Tony Platten has stated that the club is at a crossroad, and that only the people of Blyth and Southeast Northumberland can determine the club’s destiny.

The statement is as follows:

The club is playing at its highest level ever and is currently three points and one place away from a play-off position. We have a financial model that includes income from sponsorship and other revenue streams of which attendances are a key component. For the club to remain competitive and financially viable at the current level, we require average gates of at least 1,000, if we were promoted to the National Conference the average gate would need to be 1,500. At present the average attendance is around 700, clearly this will not provide the finances to fully support the club and a playing squad capable taking the club forward. The core support from Blyth and the surrounding area is exemplary, a credit to the club and an invaluable vocal boost to the team, it’s the missing support to make up the difference that is key to the future of the club!

We have two remaining home games this season, at home to Guiseley, Good Friday, 3pm KO, we then entertain Southport on Saturday 27th April, 3pm KO, on the last day of the season, then possibly the play-offs! We are playing some entertaining football, we have a good squad and a great atmosphere in the ground. Please come along to Croft Park, enjoy the day, make the difference and support your club.

Source: http://www.blythspartans.com