By James Grayson (Twitter - @jamesAgrayson)
After a new backer appeared out of the hills, Rainworth Miners Welfare have withdrawn their resignation from the Evo Stik League. But is this a good or bad decision?
Rainworth are yet to reveal the identity of their ‘moneyman’ and the Nottinghamshire-based team claim that “they are in it for the long haul’.
Now such a statement looks good, but what are Rainworth going to do if something suddenly happens to their backer. In the NCEL Premier Division, Staveley Miners Welfare have had to finish the season playing a youth team after Terry Damms pulled the plug on the funding.
If you read their resignation statement from nearly two weeks ago, Rainworth say they don’t receive profit from the bar and rely simply on gate receipts and the odd sponsorship deal. So next season, are Rainworth planning to basically fund an Evo Stik Division One South campaign from their mystery investor’s back-pocket?
The other thing I can’t get my head round is that if they don’t make money from the bar, how were they able to fund their promotions into the NCEL and out of it in a sustainable manner.
No-one had heard of Rainworth five years ago.
The club appeared on the scene out of nowhere, shouting from the rooftops about how they were going to set the football world alight – behaving like they had won the lottery. Every week you would see a new statement on either the NCEL or Evo Stik League website.
And now in 2013 when it all goes wrong, they want sympathy. The chairman Kim Wright complained about rising players wages, but I’d be intrigued about how much his club paid players in the NCEL and how they compared to other clubs.
I hope the Evo Stik League has Rainworth on probation. If their backer pulls out at any point next season, the League has another Durham City situation on their hands. Because with the sound of their resignation statement that without a backer, Rainworth don’t have much money – certainly not enough to compete in the Evo Stik Division One South.