Gosport Borough have issued an in-depth statement to explain the club’s current situation.
The club is aware of a growing concern amongst its supporters and other interested parties regarding the general situation at the club, both on and off the field.
The club wishes to reassure them and address these concerns by issuing the following statement to provide a truthful and clear picture of what is happening. This statement will deal with each matter individually.
The club only had twelve players available for Monday’s defeat at Poole Town. It is well known that prior to Christmas, Chris Flood, Jamie Barron, Adam Wilde and Martin Rice had all departed with the club’s best wishes. Over the festive period, a further four players refused to play – namely Dan Wooden, TJ Cuthbertson, Mike Carter and Warren Bentley.
Dan Wooden, as is widely known, has left the club and joined Moneyfields and did so with our best wishes for the future. The other three players are still officially contracted to the club and remain Gosport Borough players at the moment. The club and the players are currently in discussions with regards to their contracts.
At Poole Town the playing situation was weakened by an injury to Josh Carmichael that he sustained in the reverse fixture. Josh is expected to be out for up to six weeks. Ollie Bailey was on a pre-booked holiday and will return to the squad. Nick Jordan was also out with an illness and will return.
The transfer embargo, which has been imposed on the club by the National League for the last two months, has been lifted as the club has fulfilled all criteria required for this to happen.
The club has since signed several players, including former Portsmouth striker Rowan Vine, who has re-signed after a spell with Basingstoke Town.
The others are Trinidad & Tobago international and Southampton midfielder Jake Thomson from Havant & Waterlooville, another ex-Hawks midfielder Harry Wedlake from Petersfield Town, Sam Lanahan from Blackfield & Langley, young striker Flynn Begley from Verwood Town and ex-Swindon Town midfielder Richard Whittingham.
They have been registered in time to play against Hungerford Town today.
The proposed takeover of the Gosport Borough Football Club:
The current takeover bid by some local businessmen is ongoing but is subject to legal issues.
The businessmen involved have considerable experience in non-league football and have been involved at various local clubs. The gentlemen concerned have made a strong offer and discussions are ongoing.
Another interested party has come forward and the club’s board have arranged a meeting with new party early next week to explore the possibilities this presents. The club hopes this meeting will prove to be fruitful.
A third interested party’s bid to acquire the club failed at an early stage last Autumn.
Therefore, for the time being, despite speculation to the contrary, there will be no changes to the club’s board.
GBFC also wishes to make it clear that no Board members take any money out of the club but have instead actually put a substantial amount of money in, to keep things on course during difficult times.
The current winding up order against Gosport Borough Football Club
This will be dismissed at the scheduled hearing in the High Court on January 30th.
Whilst the club admits it was slightly late in paying the £2,700 involved, Her Majesty`s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) quite rightly have a watching brief on Gosport Borough Football Club and understandably acted.
Another PAYE tax bill is due to be paid on January 19th and the club can meet this payment.