Fer­riby owner sub­mits plan to re­lo­cate


Hull Daily Mail - - SPORT - By James Smailes Sports edi­tor james.smailes@reach­plc.com

NORTH Fer­riby United owner Carl Chad­wick says he will make a de­ci­sion at the end of the sea­son over a con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal to take the club out of the vil­lage.

Spec­u­la­tion has grown over the week­end Chad­wick plans to fol­low through with the idea of pre­vi­ous owner Jamie Waltham (pic­tured) in mov­ing the club to Dunswell Park af­ter de­tails emerged that a name change ap­pli­ca­tion has been lodged with the FA.

Chad­wick de­nies there is an im­me­di­ate plan to re­lo­cate the club, but has ad­mit­ted it is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion and a name change ap­pli­ca­tion has been made by Waltham on the club’s be­half.

With gates re­duced and Chad­wick hav­ing to fund the short­fall, the owner says he shares Waltham’s vi­sion that end­ing the club’s long his­tory in the vil­lage and tak­ing them to Hull would grow at­ten­dances. And he has sug­gested peo­ple who live in the vil­lage ac­tu­ally op­pose the foot­ball club.

How­ever, he in­sists it is a de­ci­sion which will be taken at the end of the sea­son and his pref­er­ence re­mains to keep Fer­riby where they are.

“Last sea­son Jamie started the process of mov­ing the club closer to Hull and re­nam­ing it East Hull. This was down to the fact North Fer­riby, de­spite at­tain­ing an ex­cel­lent level, have never been well sup­ported by the peo­ple of Hull,” Chad­wick told Hull Live.

“Jamie be­lieved this was be­cause Hull is a very work­ing class area and North Fer­riby is viewed by a lot of the work­ing classes as elit­ist and where the rich peo­ple live. This cou­pled with the fact 90 per cent of the vil­lage don’t at­tend and ac­tu­ally op­pose the club has re­sulted in his­tor­i­cally low at­ten­dances.

“He told me this when I took con­trol but he knows I am my own man and told me to find out for my­self which I am in the process of do­ing. Any ap­pli­ca­tion needs to be in be­fore early De­cem­ber so he asked me if I wanted him to con­tinue the work he started last year as an op­tion when I’ve de­cided what the best thing to do with the club is.

“I agreed to this as it’s an av­enue we need to ex­plore to get the best out of the level of foot­ball for the area. Per­son­ally, we are both work­ing class and both from East Hull and while there has been a mass of good play­ers and some good teams over the years from east Hull like Reckitts and more re­cently Crown, it’s a bit of a shame east Hull has never had a team above Hum­ber Premier League level espe­cially with over 200,000 res­i­dents, so yes it’s an op­tion the club are ex­plor­ing with the FA but I haven’t made my fi­nal de­ci­sion on it.

“I’ll make it to­wards the end of the sea­son once we’ve taken into ac­count at­ten­dances and gen­eral sup­port for North Fer­riby be­tween now and then as when it comes to foot­ball peo­ple vote with their at­ten­dance and at the minute they are not vot­ing.”

The name change ap­pli­ca­tion is set to be con­sid­ered by the FA at a coun­cil meeting in early 2019, with the ap­pli­ca­tion by Fer­riby to change ground at the end of this cur­rent sea­son and play their games in Dunswell at a ground owned by Waltham.

Waltham’s in­volve­ment with Fer­riby again will no doubt anger many, with sug­ges­tions the for­mer owner is pulling the strings.

Chad­wick de­nied the sug­ges­tion and said his close friend is only help­ing with a name change ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause he had al­ready done the ground­work on the move.

“Jamie has no of­fi­cial role at the club, the shares are owned by me and my dad Terry,” in­sisted Chadi­wck.

“Jamie started the process last year and I have given him per­mis­sion to act on be­half of the club on this topic only. The only other role he has is pay­ing his £10 to come and watch games, some­thing I wish more would do.”

A pe­ti­tion to keep the Vil­lagers in North Fer­riby has al­ready been set up with over a thou­sand peo­ple hav­ing al­ready signed in protest against the pro­posal.

Both Waltham and now Chad­wick have taken a swipe at lo­cal res­i­dents, busi­nesses and sup­port­ers for not com­ing to games and back­ing the club, with at­ten­dances drop­ping to around 150 for home matches as the team strug­gles in the Evo-stik Premier Di­vi­sion.

Chad­wick’s drive for change comes from a fi­nan­cial standpoint, and he in­sists if gates go up and he can make it work on and off the field, his pref­er­ence would be to keep the club in the vil­lage.

“I have been com­mit­ted to keep­ing North Fer­riby where it is and striv­ing to­wards a model that can look af­ter it­self fi­nan­cially,” ex­plained Chad­wick.

“Yes we’re ex­plor­ing the op­tions and I wouldn’t be ex­plor­ing them if it wasn’t a pos­si­bil­ity re­gard­less of how re­mote.”

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