Maidstone United co-owner Terry Casey has spoken of his immense disappointment at the way in which the National Lottery grant has been distributed to National League clubs.

There has been considerable consternation from some clubs over what is seen as significant disparity in how the financial support has been divided.

Casey has made a statement via the club today, which he begins: “The distribution of the £10million grant from the National Lottery to the Vanarama National League has left me utterly confused and bitterly disappointed. Maidstone United Football Club have many things to be proud of: one being the way that we run the business in a sustainable way, reinvesting the profits from our activities back into the club, and two the sheer volume of deeply committed supporters who come and support the Stones and pay their entrance fees.

“The Government was specific in that the money they brokered for our football clubs, via the National Lottery, was designed to ’replace lost gate revenue.’ Clubs agreed to start the season, taking on trust the promise to cover these lost revenues. This has not happened.

“Our average gate over the last two seasons has been 2,000 per match and our club will receive 36k per month from the National League. This is some 50% below our estimated monthly shortfall! It is also nearly £50k per month less than Dover who attract just over 1,000 per match.”

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