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More controversy at Halesowen Town

Posted by John Beech on July 12, 2010

Halesowen Town has been a much troubled club over the past few years, much of it associated with erstwhile owner and manager Morrell Maison, and the club passing into Administration (see many postings passim).

The latest problem relates to current manager Matt Clarke and player Scott Rickards, although the allegation which the FA charge relates to is to do with an alleged betting scam during the 2007/8 season when both were still at Redditch United (1).

Meanwhile the long-running saga of the takeover by the Ingram brothers drags on, and the club has been told by the FA that it will miss out on this year’s FA Cup as the takeover has yet to be ratified.

An earlier press report suggests that the ban is because the club did not compete in an FA competition last year (2).  If this is correct, what a ridiculous state of affairs!  It means that a one-year ban for a breach of one rule must automatically become a two-year ban under a second FA rule!  The club will, however, be allowed to play in the FA Trophy according to the latter report.

If ever a club deserved better luck with the company it has found itself in, it must surely be the Yeltz.  Any insight on why the takeover has yet to be completed would be appreciated.


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