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AFC Telford Plumb new depths.

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AFC Telford Plumb new depths.

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Relegation is a certainty for AFC Telford.

We waited for years for Telford to get promoted to the conference proper and after two seasons we are going to be back in the Conference North.

That is a real shame because a town of Telford's size really should be hosting League football and not playing in the lower reaches of the football pyramid.

Four managers in the past two months tells its own story and a winless run stretching back 24 games is a horror show that will seemingly never end. Getting spanked 5-2 on Saturday by Woking was just another new depth for the club to plumb.

Whilst the current problem is clearly a bunch of disaffected players and dressing room in fighting the overall problem is far more difficult to resolve and centres on financing. What else?

We've already had one chairman take the club into administration with his lofty ideals and so the current incumbent has good reason to keep the club on a part time footing. But what can be done to change the situation?

Certainly it looks like nothing can be done in the immediate future.

With the club firmly rooted at the bottom of the Conference Premier and nailed on certainties to be plying their trade in the Conference North next season the part time work ethic is going to have to remain for at least another 12 months.

Next season AFC Telford will be the best supported club in their division and will still manage to pull in crowds of over 1,500 every home game. That is more than some conference teams manage now.

Even so that is still only going to give you revenue less than £7,000 per week so it is easy to see how much money is being lost at lower league clubs and why they are constantly falling into administration. If you had a squad of 16 players and paid them each £500 per week you are already over budget and haven't paid the manager or assistant never mind the rest of the administrative staff.

The only way that the club will make the transition from part time club to full time league members is for the crowd to turn up in numbers that will make the difference.

The stadium has a capacity of 6,000 and it needs to be filled to capacity for every home game if the club is going to be able to pay its way of its own accord.

Unfortunately that just is not going to happen week in week out. But supporters of their home town clubs need to take matters into their own hands if they want higher quality entertainment every week.

When Telford played their promotion playoff a couple of seasons ago the game was a lockout and the joint was rocking. 6,000 people came to cheer them on to victory and it was a truly memorable day.

It's just a shame these days that more and more of footballs obsession is with the Premier league and the top four or five clubs.

One average player's salary in the premiership is enough to run a club like Telford and turn it from a part time afterthought into a full time heartbeat of a population rapidly approaching 200,000.

There is perspective for you.

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