Terras' chief is disheartened

Dorset Echo: MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Nigel Biddlecombe MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Nigel Biddlecombe

NIGEL Biddlecombe, the man that gave Weymouth FC back to the local community, is disheartened that more people have not got behind the club since his takeover.

The Terras’ chairman and his wife ploughed in £13,000 to help acquire the Southern Premier League outfit from the Rolls family back in February before signing their majority shareholding over to a community trust just over two months later.

However, they feel their grand gesture has not received the backing they initially anticipated despite a brighter outlook at the Bob Lucas Stadium both on and off the field.

Biddlecombe told Echosport: “The thing that has disappointed me personally is the lack of people and businesses coming forward in the match-day sponsorship area.

“I thought, maybe wrongly, that by getting the football club back in the hands of the local people, more would be forthcoming.

“My wife and I were the driving forces behind making that happen. Others put money in and around it but we just expected a little more support.”

Despite that, Biddlecombe is confident the Terras are moving in the right direction.

He added: “I am delighted that attendances seem to be going up and there is no doubt the general standard of football is getting better. “Results haven’t always gone our way but we are still very much in the process of trying to turn the club around and I have no doubts we will get it right.

“It was disappointing to hear a few fans boo the team off after the narrow defeat against Hemel Hempstead Town last Saturday but at the end of the day they pay their money and that is their decision.

“I just felt a bit sorry for everyone involved because they gave their all and were desperately unlucky not to at least get a draw.

“It is going to take time to get this club back to where it should be and it is important people are patient, but I am confident we will get there and hopefully more will come on board as we continue to move forward.”

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1:37pm Sat 22 Sep 12

mjhawkins says...

who in there right mind is going to put money into weymouth f.c. they have been given an absolute fortune over the years and its either been siphoned off or mis- spent on players above there station.every time you pick up the echo its the same comments,we played ever so well,but we lost.now we have the scourge of football involved with weymouth i.e.football agents.i rest my case
who in there right mind is going to put money into weymouth f.c. they have been given an absolute fortune over the years and its either been siphoned off or mis- spent on players above there station.every time you pick up the echo its the same comments,we played ever so well,but we lost.now we have the scourge of football involved with weymouth i.e.football agents.i rest my case mjhawkins

2:06pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Chesilmaster says...

mjhawkins wrote:
who in there right mind is going to put money into weymouth f.c. they have been given an absolute fortune over the years and its either been siphoned off or mis- spent on players above there station.every time you pick up the echo its the same comments,we played ever so well,but we lost.now we have the scourge of football involved with weymouth i.e.football agents.i rest my case
As you say, given a fortune. But this is in the past, with unscrupulous owners.
A new dawn and a new future.

Can you elaborate on the agents involved at WFC please?
[quote][p][bold]mjhawkins[/bold] wrote: who in there right mind is going to put money into weymouth f.c. they have been given an absolute fortune over the years and its either been siphoned off or mis- spent on players above there station.every time you pick up the echo its the same comments,we played ever so well,but we lost.now we have the scourge of football involved with weymouth i.e.football agents.i rest my case[/p][/quote]As you say, given a fortune. But this is in the past, with unscrupulous owners. A new dawn and a new future. Can you elaborate on the agents involved at WFC please? Chesilmaster

3:44pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Crabber says...

The club has been mis-managed by absolutely everyone since the early 70's and I believe the rot was started by a well known local business man who shall remain nameless,but ran a Marine Garage and a Channel Ferry Car Parking Business. the Players who were sold like Roberts,Townsend,Aga
na & Guthrie,to name but a few the money from them was a small fortune back in the day.All frittered away or removed from the club.It is well know in the Town & srounding area that the fans only support a winning team this has been proven time & again. It was also the case with the Local Speedway Team a few season's ago. The team this season is at best mediocre and I am afraid that King is not the answer, he has only ever ran lower Dorset Division Clubs with the highest being Portland and then only as Kitely's No2. So Biddy mate invest and I think you'll be suprised, speculate to accumulate.
The club has been mis-managed by absolutely everyone since the early 70's and I believe the rot was started by a well known local business man who shall remain nameless,but ran a Marine Garage and a Channel Ferry Car Parking Business. the Players who were sold like Roberts,Townsend,Aga na & Guthrie,to name but a few the money from them was a small fortune back in the day.All frittered away or removed from the club.It is well know in the Town & srounding area that the fans only support a winning team this has been proven time & again. It was also the case with the Local Speedway Team a few season's ago. The team this season is at best mediocre and I am afraid that King is not the answer, he has only ever ran lower Dorset Division Clubs with the highest being Portland and then only as Kitely's No2. So Biddy mate invest and I think you'll be suprised, speculate to accumulate. Crabber

10:18pm Sat 22 Sep 12

mrmagic says...

mjhawkins wrote:
who in there right mind is going to put money into weymouth f.c. they have been given an absolute fortune over the years and its either been siphoned off or mis- spent on players above there station.every time you pick up the echo its the same comments,we played ever so well,but we lost.now we have the scourge of football involved with weymouth i.e.football agents.i rest my case
Who are these football agents then?

Thought the guys running it were supporters?

You obviousy know something we dont so why not share
[quote][p][bold]mjhawkins[/bold] wrote: who in there right mind is going to put money into weymouth f.c. they have been given an absolute fortune over the years and its either been siphoned off or mis- spent on players above there station.every time you pick up the echo its the same comments,we played ever so well,but we lost.now we have the scourge of football involved with weymouth i.e.football agents.i rest my case[/p][/quote]Who are these football agents then? Thought the guys running it were supporters? You obviousy know something we dont so why not share mrmagic

10:42am Sun 23 Sep 12

bradley red 1 says...

Crabber wrote:
The club has been mis-managed by absolutely everyone since the early 70's and I believe the rot was started by a well known local business man who shall remain nameless,but ran a Marine Garage and a Channel Ferry Car Parking Business. the Players who were sold like Roberts,Townsend,Aga

na & Guthrie,to name but a few the money from them was a small fortune back in the day.All frittered away or removed from the club.It is well know in the Town & srounding area that the fans only support a winning team this has been proven time & again. It was also the case with the Local Speedway Team a few season's ago. The team this season is at best mediocre and I am afraid that King is not the answer, he has only ever ran lower Dorset Division Clubs with the highest being Portland and then only as Kitely's No2. So Biddy mate invest and I think you'll be suprised, speculate to accumulate.
Have to agree reference the manager,perhaps get in a manager with more experience which creates a bit of interest would be a start,going nowhere with the current manager in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Crabber[/bold] wrote: The club has been mis-managed by absolutely everyone since the early 70's and I believe the rot was started by a well known local business man who shall remain nameless,but ran a Marine Garage and a Channel Ferry Car Parking Business. the Players who were sold like Roberts,Townsend,Aga na & Guthrie,to name but a few the money from them was a small fortune back in the day.All frittered away or removed from the club.It is well know in the Town & srounding area that the fans only support a winning team this has been proven time & again. It was also the case with the Local Speedway Team a few season's ago. The team this season is at best mediocre and I am afraid that King is not the answer, he has only ever ran lower Dorset Division Clubs with the highest being Portland and then only as Kitely's No2. So Biddy mate invest and I think you'll be suprised, speculate to accumulate.[/p][/quote]Have to agree reference the manager,perhaps get in a manager with more experience which creates a bit of interest would be a start,going nowhere with the current manager in my opinion. bradley red 1

6:43pm Mon 24 Sep 12

212 dorset says...

"My wife and I were the driving forces behind making that happen. Others put money in and around it but we just expected a little more support.”




Mr Biddlecombe is clearly in cukoo land if he thought local businesses would suddenly start pumping money in, just because he has taken over. Is Biddlecombe now realising how much money it costs to put together a team capable of playing at this level? Its going to be an incredibly long and painful road back for Weymouth FC,and the sooner he realises it the better.
"My wife and I were the driving forces behind making that happen. Others put money in and around it but we just expected a little more support.” Mr Biddlecombe is clearly in cukoo land if he thought local businesses would suddenly start pumping money in, just because he has taken over. Is Biddlecombe now realising how much money it costs to put together a team capable of playing at this level? Its going to be an incredibly long and painful road back for Weymouth FC,and the sooner he realises it the better. 212 dorset

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