Vital Football

Chairman Voices Financial Concerns

Chairman Voices Financial Concerns

Chairman Peter Marsden voiced his financial concerns at the recent Annual General Meeting, and pointed out that we need far more support from Stanley fans.

The club reported a loss of £400,000 for the financial year last term, and Marsden admitted that attendances so far this season had been 'very disappointing' and for him it was on the verge of 'heartbreaking' as despite lowering ticket prices in an effort to boost gates this term, the take up hasn't had the desired effect with the local community not responding and turning up to games more often.

The chairman said that Stanley were perfectly up to date with HM Revenue and custom payments, so fans didn't need to worry on that score, but down the line unless things change and Stanley don't receive greater backing and the financial benefits that would bring, he fears there could be trouble.

'We are up to date with tax but there could be problems ahead. I don't want a repeat of the SOS situation, which would be deeply embarrassing and humiliating for me. I don't want charity but is it asking too much of the people of Accrington to come to two or three games and support us? It would be a national disaster if anything happened to this club, now is the time when people can do something.'

Four years ago obviously the club ran into trouble with a tax bill and an appeal had to be made to raise funds towards a liability of £308,000 to save the club from going out of business.

Marsden adds that during his time as a director he's put in £200,000 to the club and £100,000 between July and April this year, but obviously he can't keep funding the club like, but even though his shareholder level is only 10% he felt he need to lead by example. Fellow directors have also put in £250,000 between them since last May, but the club needs to move towards being self sustaining.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Monday September 23 2013
Time: 9:30PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Accrington Stanley Articles

500,000+ Season Tickets Sold In 2016/17

More than 500,000 Season Tickets were sold in the Football League pyramid for the 2016/17 season.

FA Cup 3rd Round Draw Next Monday

The third round draw for the 2016/17 FA Cup will take place on Monday evening.

How Do Accrington Fare In The BBC's 2016 Survey?

The BBC's Price Of Football survey for 2016 was released a week last Wednesday evening and as ever they looked at everything from the price of tickets through to the price of pies...

1% Rise In Arrest Figures For 2015/16

The Home Office have now released the figures for last season when it comes to arrests at grounds and football banning orders - and it's largely good news.

Vital Stanley Social Media

Archived Vital Stanley Articles

Vital Stanley articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Stanley
Write For Vital Stanley
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Play-off second leg - Accrington v Wimbledon
Suggested By:
Accrington win40%
Wimbledon win40%
Draw20%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Carlisle 19 10 8 1 38 14
2 Plymouth 19 12 2 5 38 8
3 Doncaster 18 11 3 4 36 13
4 Portsmouth 19 9 4 6 31 12
5 Luton 19 8 7 4 31 10
6 Wycombe 19 8 4 7 28 1
7 Blackpool 19 7 6 6 27 11
8 Barnet 19 6 9 4 27 0
9 Grimsby 19 7 5 7 26 2
10 Crewe 19 6 8 5 26 -3
11 Cambridge 19 7 4 8 25 -2
12 Mansfield 19 6 7 6 25 -4
13 Yeovil 18 7 4 7 25 -4
14 Stevenage 17 7 3 7 24 0
15 Colchester 19 6 5 8 23 1
16 Crawley 18 6 5 7 23 -6
17 Morecambe 19 7 2 10 23 -13
18 Hartlepool 19 5 7 7 22 -4
19 Notts County 19 6 4 9 22 -8
20 Accrington 19 5 6 8 21 -5
21 Exeter 19 6 2 11 20 -5
22 Leyton Orient 19 5 3 11 18 -5
23 Cheltenham 19 3 9 7 18 -8
24 Newport 18 4 5 9 17 -5
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Accrington Stanley Results (view all)

Accrington Stanley Fixtures (view all)

Dec 4 2016 2:00PM : Woking (a)
FA Cup
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Crewe Alexandra (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Hartlepool United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
The Vital Football Members League