The Saga of the MICKLEOVER ROYALS…
(…as told to The Mowdog by ex-manager GARY HAMSON…)
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Royals ended last season by winning the Central Midlands South Division by ten points but a problem reared its head some weeks before the end of the term. Landlords Mickleover Sports wanted to increase the rent paid by Royals for the privilege of using their ground in 2015-16, from £100 per game to around £300 per game.
After negotiations were held, a figure of £250 per game was apparently agreed but this still high figure left the partnership between the two clubs under threat and it did seem that Sports considered Royals simply a source of revenue.
Royals chairman Robin Pritchard promised to bring in more sponsorship to the club with a view to paying this extra rental charge, an offer which Mr Hamson was grateful for. Following a committee meeting it was decided that two or three more sponsors would be needed to cover a more expensive 2015-16 season.
Unfortunately before the day of the opening match of the current season at Arnold Town, Robin Pritchard stepped down as chairman, citing the fact that he had taken the club as far as he could, that the club had ticked his boxes but also the balance had been tipped for him by a personal matter.
Mr Hamson was left fuming on game day, for no new sponsors had been found by the club and although the first five matches were due to be played on the road anyway, due to cricket at Mickleover Sports’ Raygar Stadium, time was of the essence to find money.
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Incredibly Royals won their first four matches, including 1-0 victories at Blaby and Whetstone Athletic and also at Gedling Miners Welfare, with Mr Hamson fully expecting his team to be near the top of the league by the end of the season. Last Wednesday however the club folded and Mr Hamson was approached by struggling East Midlands outfit Borrowash Victoria. After a meeting and genial talks, Mr Hamson agreed to become the new Vics manager whilst previous incumbent Steve Hamilton resigned his position.
Mr Hamson was present at Vics’ 5-0 victory over Greenwood Meadows on Saturday despite a depleted remaining squad, due in part to some players’ loyalty to their outgoing manager. Although Mr Hamson is on a family holiday until Friday his assistant will take charge of the team for its local derby clash with Graham Street Prims today.
In effect today’s game will be the Prims v the Royals, for Mr Hamson’s Royals will be representing the Vics and the new boss will return for next weekend’s match v Kimberley Miners Welfare in the FA Vase.
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