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Coca-Cola Divisions: Don's in trouble

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posted on Jun, 6 2003 @ 08:27 AM
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First Division Wimbledon have been placed into administration but the new men in charge are confident of achieving a "successful outcome".

Chairman Charles Koppell's decision to leave Selhurst Park for a new home in Milton Keynes infuriated supporters, who turned their back on the club.

It resulted in an alarming dip in attendances, which on several occasions slipped below 2,000.

Andy Hosking and Nick Wood, partners of Grant Thornton, have been appointed joint administrators and they are working closely with the existing management to produce a viable long-term solution for the survival of the club.

Wood said in a statement: "This is yet another example of the intrinsic problems facing many football clubs.

"Wimbledon's problems have been well documented and like so many clubs the short-term cash flow has become critical.

"Whilst not welcomed by many, it is becoming increasingly clear a move to Milton Keynes is a key element in ensuring the club has the facilities commensurate with its ambitions.''

Hosking added: "Over 60% of the club's current season-ticket capacity has been sold and these funds are secure and unaffected by this administration.

"We and the directors believe, with the enthusiasm shown in Milton Keynes and the dedicated efforts of the club's staff, we will in due course see a successful outcome.''



TRD

posted on Jun, 6 2003 @ 11:24 AM
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Well this was on the cards,wimbledon have struggled for years to get a dencent crowd but their average gate is very low...How have they kept going for all these years has me baffled...

Lets hope it will give them a fresh start..!



posted on Jun, 6 2003 @ 01:19 PM
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Most of the fans deserted them and went to AFC Wimbledon when the stadium move was being agreed. A crowd of one man and his dog is pathetic even for a Division 1 team.


TRD

posted on Jun, 6 2003 @ 07:46 PM
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Yeah it is pretty sad,when they were in the top flight they would only get 11,000 supportes with the number dropping down over the years...I mean in the first division and only getting a couple of thousand at best some 2nd and 3rd div clubs get a bigger gate than that....



posted on Jun, 7 2003 @ 03:07 PM
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When the original Crazy Gang members left the playing staff and retired or moved on the club was on borrowed time anyway.



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