Rolls: I'll walk away from Terras

Dorset Echo: 'I'LL LEAVE': Chairman George Rolls 'I'LL LEAVE': Chairman George Rolls

GEORGE Rolls has warned Terras’ fans that he will walk away from the club at the end of the month if the hate campaign against him fails to cease.

The controversial chairman has also sensationally revealed that a possible groundshare with local rivals Dorchester Town is being considered in the club’s short-term plans.

Rolls aired his views just an hour after an aggressive outburst at Ian White, whose successful Wessex Fantasy Football initiative contributes a monthly sum to the club’s playing budget.

The public spat took place not long after the final whistle of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Salisbury City with Rolls accusing the long-time supporter of contacting ex-chief executive Gary Calder in a bid to dig up dirt on the legality of the CVA that saved the club last year.

White and Calder have both since refuted the allegation with the former expressing his disappointment over the row and insisting it will have no adverse effect on Wessex Fantasy’s continuing work.

However, Rolls is adamant the ongoing abuse being directed at him is having a detrimental impact on his business and reputation.

Reflecting on his flare-up with White, he said: “That was no way for a chairman of a club to act. “However, I am fed up with a certain section of supporters who keep trying to stir up trouble and it has got to the stage now where I am considering resigning.

“When it is purely about the club I can take their comments but recently it has started getting personal and if it does not stop I will walk out at the end of the month.”

Rolls went on to add: “There are Internet warriors out there, many of which don’t even come to the games, who keep taking their frustrations out on me but the club was haemorrhaging money and the assets were all stripped a long time before I came along.

“All I have done over the past 15 months is try and keep the club going but still people are not satisfied and now enough is enough.

“I have even had people making up stuff about fraud squad investigations into the club and betting scandals, and getting it all put over the front of a newspaper but whatever happened to all that?

“Do people really think I would still be allowed to run a football club if all that was true?

“At the end of the day, I have got nothing to hide but the fact certain people keep rubbishing my name on forums is beginning to have an adverse effect on my business and reputation, and it cannot continue.

“As a board of directors, we have recently brought in a new manager and backed him financially, and we should be talking about a great result against the team that will probably go on and win the league.

“But, again, due to the constant negativity from certain supporters, we are talking about off-the-field matters instead.”

Rolls believes the club would probably have to be liquidated if he resigned and has also conceded that it cannot continue to afford to remain at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

He said: “The club has no commercial business coming in and many of the sponsors have not been able to pay their bills.

“The reality of that is, if I decide to walk away, along with a few of the other directors, it would take a six-figure investment to keep the club going to the end of the season and pay back the loans we have put in.

“After that, the club would then certainly have to play at Dorchester as it wouldn’t be able to afford to stay at the stadium and also fund the budget for a team playing in the Southern League.

“I have already spoken to Shaun Hearn (Dorchester chairman) about the possibility of a groundshare and a deal has been done in principle where both teams would help each other out, if it came to such a point where one of us needed it.

“People say a groundshare would be the death of the club but I don’t agree because at the end of the day in the current economic climate it makes financial sense.

“It is something that needs to be considered through open discussions with the fans. But the fact of the matter is unless more people start coming out and supporting the club, it could well have no other choice.”

Meanwhile, Hearn has confirmed that talks have taken place on the matter. He said: “From day one I have always said that if we can help Weymouth out then we will.

“There isn’t an agreement in place but if a time came where they could no longer play at the Bob Lucas Stadium then we would listen to them and try to help them out.

“I don’t want to see anything adverse happen to Weymouth but Dorchester is my priority and whatever happens will be in the interests of Dorchester Town FC.”

This latest development comes just days after Echosport published startling statements from landowners Wessex Delivery Partnership and West Dorset District Council, concerning the future of the Weymouth Wildcats and the possible change of use of the site respectively.

WDP, who own the land surrounding the Bob Lucas Stadium, has confirmed there are no plans at the moment to lease out the Wessex Raceway for “motorsport activities”, while WDDC has stated that any planning application on the land “would be judged on its merits”.

WDP is part owned by Morgan Sindall, who are currently building a new community fire station at Radipole Lane.

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9:16am Mon 14 Feb 11

Rightsaidfred says...

Bye Bye then George

You wont be missed
Bye Bye then George You wont be missed Rightsaidfred
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9:41am Mon 14 Feb 11

turnleft says...

Any chance they could squeeze a speedway track around the pitch at the Jewson Stadium? Perhaps Morgan Swindall could do the construction for us!
Any chance they could squeeze a speedway track around the pitch at the Jewson Stadium? Perhaps Morgan Swindall could do the construction for us! turnleft
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9:55am Mon 14 Feb 11

Terrasfan says...

Very convenient, all of a sudden, Curtis stops talking to the Speedway, and then after weeks, says there are no plans for the speedway, how charming that approach was. Then again all of a sudden Rolls wants to leave, is obviously going to call in any loans, leaving the club bankrupt again. He sets up a place for the team to play, and locks the doors behind him. Curtis and Rolls shake hands on a job well done. And he blames it all on the fans
What a joke! F1 will be on in a minute to back him up..........
Very convenient, all of a sudden, Curtis stops talking to the Speedway, and then after weeks, says there are no plans for the speedway, how charming that approach was. Then again all of a sudden Rolls wants to leave, is obviously going to call in any loans, leaving the club bankrupt again. He sets up a place for the team to play, and locks the doors behind him. Curtis and Rolls shake hands on a job well done. And he blames it all on the fans What a joke! F1 will be on in a minute to back him up.......... Terrasfan
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1:27pm Mon 14 Feb 11

weymouthfox says...

I have had little faith in Mr Rolls since he arrived. Now I see the plot is unfolding. Weymouth FC goes bust, ground is redundant, in comes Morgan Sindall to develop the land. It all seems very neat doesn't it.
The decline in WFCs fortunes started when a previous chairman decided to leave the Rec, which later became Asda and maroon the Terras out at Radipole Lane, away from there fan base.
I always wonder what the motives are of these millionaires who take over WFC for a few months then walk out.
I have had little faith in Mr Rolls since he arrived. Now I see the plot is unfolding. Weymouth FC goes bust, ground is redundant, in comes Morgan Sindall to develop the land. It all seems very neat doesn't it. The decline in WFCs fortunes started when a previous chairman decided to leave the Rec, which later became Asda and maroon the Terras out at Radipole Lane, away from there fan base. I always wonder what the motives are of these millionaires who take over WFC for a few months then walk out. weymouthfox
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1:59pm Mon 14 Feb 11

Tim4wfc says...

This is nothing new. He has threatened to resign several times over the last few months, so maybe this is some sort of electioneering ploy?
This is nothing new. He has threatened to resign several times over the last few months, so maybe this is some sort of electioneering ploy? Tim4wfc
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2:22pm Mon 14 Feb 11

suecider says...

Not sure what to believe anymore!
All I can say is well done to the team for the amazing result on Saturday.
PLEASE PLEASE ALL CONCERNED get this sorted out once and for all.
Would love a go myself, don't think it could be any worse.
AND YES I AM A FEMALE TERRAS FAN!
I EVEN KNOW THE OFFSIDE RULE!!!!!
Not sure what to believe anymore! All I can say is well done to the team for the amazing result on Saturday. PLEASE PLEASE ALL CONCERNED get this sorted out once and for all. Would love a go myself, don't think it could be any worse. AND YES I AM A FEMALE TERRAS FAN! I EVEN KNOW THE OFFSIDE RULE!!!!! suecider
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2:33pm Mon 14 Feb 11

Peter Gunn says...

Any damage caused to your 'business and reputaion' has been entirely self-inflicted Mr. Rolls. You are nothing more than a puppet, albeit shortly to become a wealthy one, and it is well known who is pulling your strings!
Any damage caused to your 'business and reputaion' has been entirely self-inflicted Mr. Rolls. You are nothing more than a puppet, albeit shortly to become a wealthy one, and it is well known who is pulling your strings! Peter Gunn
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3:30pm Mon 14 Feb 11

Grampy No1 says...

" Shut the door on your way out Sausage" The Terras can come on over to 'The Rock' where you can ground share with Galaxy Windows F.C on the councils pitch next to the Fire Station
" Shut the door on your way out Sausage" The Terras can come on over to 'The Rock' where you can ground share with Galaxy Windows F.C on the councils pitch next to the Fire Station Grampy No1
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4:57pm Mon 14 Feb 11

Rabbitman64 says...

Most of these problems stem from all the poor performances that the fans have had to suffer from the team! It's a shame that having got rid off Laurel and Hardy from the Management of the Team, Weymouth have now taken 9 Points from 5 games and looking like a football team, that there is fresh accusations being shouted! Rolls has faults but don't treat him as the escape goat for Weymouth's problems?
Most of these problems stem from all the poor performances that the fans have had to suffer from the team! It's a shame that having got rid off Laurel and Hardy from the Management of the Team, Weymouth have now taken 9 Points from 5 games and looking like a football team, that there is fresh accusations being shouted! Rolls has faults but don't treat him as the escape goat for Weymouth's problems? Rabbitman64
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5:43pm Mon 14 Feb 11

prostar says...

Terrasfan wrote:
Very convenient, all of a sudden, Curtis stops talking to the Speedway, and then after weeks, says there are no plans for the speedway, how charming that approach was. Then again all of a sudden Rolls wants to leave, is obviously going to call in any loans, leaving the club bankrupt again. He sets up a place for the team to play, and locks the doors behind him. Curtis and Rolls shake hands on a job well done. And he blames it all on the fans What a joke! F1 will be on in a minute to back him up..........
Well done Terrasfan your getting the picture, now we know why there has been no comment from Mr Curtis after weeks and weeks of Harold Doonans efforts to sign a new lease for our speedway The Football, Speedway, The Car park ,the lot, do not appear to have a future at the Bob Lucas Stadium I dont know about The suggested Ground share with Dorchester its all very well for Mr Rolls to come out with that, someone who lives 200 miles away and has no loyalty to this town WEYMOUTH is WEYMOUTH we wont ground share with Dorch ,How about The Terras and The Wildcats join together to fight this latest Bombshell .
[quote][p][bold]Terrasfan[/bold] wrote: Very convenient, all of a sudden, Curtis stops talking to the Speedway, and then after weeks, says there are no plans for the speedway, how charming that approach was. Then again all of a sudden Rolls wants to leave, is obviously going to call in any loans, leaving the club bankrupt again. He sets up a place for the team to play, and locks the doors behind him. Curtis and Rolls shake hands on a job well done. And he blames it all on the fans What a joke! F1 will be on in a minute to back him up..........[/p][/quote]Well done Terrasfan your getting the picture, now we know why there has been no comment from Mr Curtis after weeks and weeks of Harold Doonans efforts to sign a new lease for our speedway The Football, Speedway, The Car park ,the lot, do not appear to have a future at the Bob Lucas Stadium I dont know about The suggested Ground share with Dorchester its all very well for Mr Rolls to come out with that, someone who lives 200 miles away and has no loyalty to this town WEYMOUTH is WEYMOUTH we wont ground share with Dorch ,How about The Terras and The Wildcats join together to fight this latest Bombshell . prostar
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6:44pm Mon 14 Feb 11

spangler says...

'Be careful what you wish for' etc..
.
very-fall
'Be careful what you wish for' etc.. . very-fall spangler
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9:32pm Mon 14 Feb 11

F1 says...

Terrasfan wrote:
Very convenient, all of a sudden, Curtis stops talking to the Speedway, and then after weeks, says there are no plans for the speedway, how charming that approach was. Then again all of a sudden Rolls wants to leave, is obviously going to call in any loans, leaving the club bankrupt again. He sets up a place for the team to play, and locks the doors behind him. Curtis and Rolls shake hands on a job well done. And he blames it all on the fans What a joke! F1 will be on in a minute to back him up..........
try nearly 12 hours!.
.
Why do I need to back him up though.
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Ground share at Dorkchester?.
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No thanks.
.
Sick of a selected few? **** right!
[quote][p][bold]Terrasfan[/bold] wrote: Very convenient, all of a sudden, Curtis stops talking to the Speedway, and then after weeks, says there are no plans for the speedway, how charming that approach was. Then again all of a sudden Rolls wants to leave, is obviously going to call in any loans, leaving the club bankrupt again. He sets up a place for the team to play, and locks the doors behind him. Curtis and Rolls shake hands on a job well done. And he blames it all on the fans What a joke! F1 will be on in a minute to back him up..........[/p][/quote]try nearly 12 hours!. . Why do I need to back him up though. . Ground share at Dorkchester?. . No thanks. . Sick of a selected few? **** right! F1
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11:40pm Mon 14 Feb 11

Tinker2 says...

Rolls Can'ardly, not a good vehicle for the future? The wheels have fallen off !
Rolls Can'ardly, not a good vehicle for the future? The wheels have fallen off ! Tinker2
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8:38am Tue 15 Feb 11

Mr irate says...

BYE George.
Please go to Yeovil FC with Curtis and try and repeat your 'dealings' again there. I'm sure they would bury you in the football pitch with just your heads sticking out !
Playing at Dorch isn't an option however did I notice you don't recommend Dorch come and play at Weymuff ground, I wonder why that is !! Because you have other plans for the ground.
BYE George. Please go to Yeovil FC with Curtis and try and repeat your 'dealings' again there. I'm sure they would bury you in the football pitch with just your heads sticking out ! Playing at Dorch isn't an option however did I notice you don't recommend Dorch come and play at Weymuff ground, I wonder why that is !! Because you have other plans for the ground. Mr irate
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7:40pm Tue 15 Feb 11

prostar says...

Mr irate wrote:
BYE George. Please go to Yeovil FC with Curtis and try and repeat your 'dealings' again there. I'm sure they would bury you in the football pitch with just your heads sticking out ! Playing at Dorch isn't an option however did I notice you don't recommend Dorch come and play at Weymuff ground, I wonder why that is !! Because you have other plans for the ground.
Your Last sentence says it all Mr Irate same as why curtis wouldnt entertain the Wildcats Because there are other Plans for the whole of the stadium some of the Terras supporters havnt woke up to this yet We could have gates of 1000 + but Mr Rolls will still say its not Viable and we should ground share with Dorch so that leaves the stadium empty along with the speedway track and the car park .Enter Mr C and Co .I wonder if Mr Rolls will still be our Chairman if that happens ????
[quote][p][bold]Mr irate[/bold] wrote: BYE George. Please go to Yeovil FC with Curtis and try and repeat your 'dealings' again there. I'm sure they would bury you in the football pitch with just your heads sticking out ! Playing at Dorch isn't an option however did I notice you don't recommend Dorch come and play at Weymuff ground, I wonder why that is !! Because you have other plans for the ground.[/p][/quote]Your Last sentence says it all Mr Irate same as why curtis wouldnt entertain the Wildcats Because there are other Plans for the whole of the stadium some of the Terras supporters havnt woke up to this yet We could have gates of 1000 + but Mr Rolls will still say its not Viable and we should ground share with Dorch so that leaves the stadium empty along with the speedway track and the car park .Enter Mr C and Co .I wonder if Mr Rolls will still be our Chairman if that happens ???? prostar
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9:13pm Tue 15 Feb 11

Miss Understood says...

Whilst being no expert, I went to the Zamaretto league web site (once I got the spelling right) and found out that Weymouth has the second highest average attendence (552) in the league and in fact has a higher lowest attendance than some have as highest! Why is it then that they cannot survive when the league leaders (Truro) have an average of over 100 (442) less than Weymouth.
Whilst being no expert, I went to the Zamaretto league web site (once I got the spelling right) and found out that Weymouth has the second highest average attendence (552) in the league and in fact has a higher lowest attendance than some have as highest! Why is it then that they cannot survive when the league leaders (Truro) have an average of over 100 (442) less than Weymouth. Miss Understood
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5:45pm Wed 16 Feb 11

Artful Badger says...

Truro are being bank rolled by a local businessman. Hence they are able to attract some decent, though expensive players (such as Barry Hayles).No doubt they are running at a significant loss every month like many other non league teams.
Weymouth also have CVA payments to make every month.
Truro are being bank rolled by a local businessman. Hence they are able to attract some decent, though expensive players (such as Barry Hayles).No doubt they are running at a significant loss every month like many other non league teams. Weymouth also have CVA payments to make every month. Artful Badger
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