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MAGPIES: Butterworth reveals historic debt has been cut by two-thirds
DORCHESTER Town’s historic debts have been reduced by two-thirds since the Community Trust became joint majority shareholders in the club in May, it was revealed last night.
Speaking to supporters at a fans’ forum at the Avenue, Magpies’ chairman Neal Butterworth said the outstanding amount was now some £50,000, down from around £170,000.
Butterworth stated that the county town club’s finances are “under control” and reiterated the board’s desire for more fans to get involved with helping to swell the coffers.
He said: “Looking at the balance sheet, compared to May, the historic debt has come down by two-thirds.
“Unfortunately, over the first few weeks of the season, we have seen gates and fundraising drop slightly.
“I think the uncertainty surrounding the club has rubbed off on the team but we can get over that.
“We need to get those gates up and get some money coming into the club.
“This club can survive and it can be a fantastic club, we’ve really got to get toget get and get involved.”
When quizzed on where the £100,000 earned through last season’s FA Cup run has gone, Butterworth said a “large amount” went towards repaying loans, and he said he still expects “two or three” players to leave in the near future.
The meeting did get heated at one point when a disgruntled fan, unhappy with the way the club is being run, called for some board members to stand down from their roles.
On the playing side of things, a mixture of first and reserve-team players will be on the agenda for the Magpies during tonight’s friendly at the Avenue against Yeovil Town (7.45pm).
On-loan duo Brandon Goodship and Josh Wakefield are not set to be involved, while the same goes for veteran defender Ashley Vickers, who stood out during the victory at Maidenhead.
However, strikers Dan Munday and Conor Jevon are due to get some game time against the Championship outfit as Phil Simkin looks to use 16-18 players.
The fixture is part of the deal that saw striker Kieffer Moore move to Huish Park in the summer.
“It’s going to be very much a mixed side,” said Simkin. “It will be a good experience for the younger lads while it’s a chance to keep people match fit.
“It will be good to see Kieffer again and hopefully, weather permitting, there will be a good crowd to watch the game.”
Ticket prices are £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for under-16s.
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