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Is there a lesson here for City?
9:35am Thursday 19th April 2012 in Letters
I TOTALLY agree with Tom Paine (Letters, April 16). In support, I would cite the position of Darlington FC. They had a town-centre location (Feethams) which worked well for their League Division 2 status.
Then an entrepreneur decided the club should be relocated to the outskirts of the town with a new 25,000-seat stadium.
Crowd turnout was well below forecast figures. Costs were cut elsewhere to compensate but these directly impacted on the team.
The result was that the club descended into the Blue Square Premier League and is now faced with dropping into the Blue Square (Northern) league.
The fact that York City has poor facilities at Bootham Crescent is due, in my opinion, to the mismanagement of the club over the previous 25 years. The management board should either find the money to make the necessary improvements or wind up the club.
If not then they should face the declining spiral into oblivion. Moving to an out-of-town location is not the solution.
Neil Raw, Oriel Grove, Clifton Without, York.