Blue Square Bet
Published 24th February 2011
...club`s chairman warned on Wednesday night. Humphrey Dobie announced at a fans’ forum that the club needs 600 through the gates at home games to break even.
Workington’s average crowd is 427 in the league this season, with the lowest at 262.
Dobie said he and other directors would help to foot the bill but cash would be taken from the 2013 fund, which is being put towards paying for a new stand.
By using that money, plans for the stand have not been put in jeopardy, according to Dobie.
He said: “We have 200 hardcore fans but it’s the others that were here at the start of the season we need to come back.
“We need another 300 people on the gate to break even for a game.
“We need around 600 fans at every home game to break even. We’re not hitting that figure now. It’s a worry, of course it is.”
Workington’s poor showing in cup competitions this term didn’t help after going out in the early stages of the FA Cup and FA Trophy.
Dobie said: “The finances have been poor this season. At the end of last year we had a good run which carried on this season.
“We went eighteen games unbeaten but within three weeks of going to Boston our attendances dropped significantly.
“Losing to Boston United was the start of our problems.
“Injuries didn’t help us at all. We lost key figures for long spells and that was at massive detriment to us.
“Losing players and matches saw the attendances drop off and for three weeks we had no income at all due to the bad weather.
“If we are lucky we lose £20,000 by the end of the season and if we’re not then we could be £30,000 down.
“Some of us will need to put a lot of money into the club to help us out.
“We will have to go into the 2013 fund to make up some of the difference too.”
Loaning players has added between £800 and £900 to the wage bill this term and Dobie said not all of them have been worth paying for.
He said: “Most of the loan players have not been good enough but we have still had to find the extra money to keep the club running and it’s made more galling when you’re not winning.
“Our budget is not the biggest in the league.
“The Alfreton Town chairman Wayne Bradley has ploughed £500,000 into the club this season and that’s on top of selling the likes of Aden Flint for £170,000.”