Printed in the Southern League Premier Division match v Chesham United on Monday 2nd January 2017. We lost 2-1 in front of 918.
couldn't think of anything nice to say about the football-franchise
abomination that is MK Dons so thought it was best to write nothing
for the last programme.
the FA allowed Wimbledon to relocate, they also famously claimed that
if their supporters were to reject the Milton Keynes move and form
their own club, it would not be “in the wider interests of football”. Thankfully they ignored that advise and AFC Wimbledon
were born in 2002 starting life in the Combined Counties. 14 years
later and BOOM – despite all the millions thrown at MK Dons for
jumping the football pyramid queue they are now in a lower league
position than AFC Wimbledon.
FA are now such a spineless, befuddled joke that three of its former
heads have even admitted its out of touch and unable to stand up to
the Premier League.
FA's three most recent chairman, Greg Dyke, David Bernstein and David
Triesman, along with former FA directors David Davies and Alex Horne,
wrote a stinging letter to Damian Collins, the Conservative chair of
Culture, Media and Sports committee backing legislation to reform the
FA. It said the FA as currently constituted, with a board dominated
by Premier and Football League representatives, and a council of
“well-meaning”, mostly elderly white men, cannot “counter the
English Premier League juggernaut”.
the letter they are highly critical of the dominance the Premier
League’s 20 clubs have over the rest of football, arguing that even
money that is now redistributed is conditional on compliance with the
Premier League’s strategic aims.
reality is that the professional game stakeholders from the English
Football League to the players, managers and referees are dominated
by the English Premier League (EPL) due to their financial might and
the way financial contributions are wielded at every turn to assert
beneficial positions for the EPL,” the letter states. “The EFL’s
strategy unduly influences the Championship clubs eager to access EPL
financial advantages. This affects the League 1 and 2 clubs
adversely, which in turn knocks on to the National League and right
through the football pyramid.”
up the financial imbalance they pointed to the “bizarre” fact
that the FA is required to distribute 50% of the money available for
football investment back into the professional game. “Under the
bizarre funding formula of the FA not only does the FA not receive
any of the EPL billions, it is compelled to contribute tens of
millions to the EPL, money which could go to the grassroots of the
can testify first-hand that the FA’s decision-making structures are
arcane and convoluted leading to a lack of clarity about the role and
purpose of these structures. The FA has neither the modernity of
approach nor independence required to counter the EPL juggernaut or
to modernise its own governance.”
Damian Collins has promised legislation to reform the FA but we've
been hearing that threat for 20 years, so don't hold your breath.
Meanwhile the Premier League has agreed a paltry £100m for
grassroots football - just 3.6% from its £8.2 billion TV deals and
you do wonder just what could be achieved in this country with proper
all you have to do is look at what Slough Town have achieved in just
a few months of being back in town in fantastic sporting facilities
for all. We are not just flying in the Southern League, we are also
flying in the community, offering a wide range of opportunities for
everyone and bringing people together, ever more important in such a
diverse town. With endless news stories of people being killed and
maimed because of their colour or religion, I will hold onto that
good news story as we enter 2017.
New Year and see you on the other side (that is, if Slough games
don't clash with work, train strikes, children's parties or Brighton