OIL­ERS SPILL IN TO BIG DAN­GER

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Robin Jones

WES­SEX League Premier out­fit Faw­ley AFC are fight­ing for sur­vival af­ter their so­cial club was sud­denly closed down with debts of around £160,000.

The Oil­ers have been talk­ing to league of­fi­cials and seek­ing clar­ity af­ter the 1,000-mem­ber Wa­ter­side Sports & So­cial Club – known lo­cally as the Esso Club and owned by petroleum gi­ant ExxonMo­bil – shut its doors on Mon­day.

A state­ment signed by club chair­man Kevin Mitchell said: “The de­ci­sion by Esso Club to cease trad­ing has re­sulted in im­me­di­ate job losses, mul­ti­ple sched­uled events can­celled and the im­me­di­ate threat of clo­sure to all sports op­er­at­ing from the Esso club site in­clud­ing our foot­ball club.

“In a state­ment pro­vided by ExxonMo­bil for the meet­ing on Mon­day it was men­tioned that they had hoped the sports sec­tions func­tion­ing from Esso Club – in­clud­ing the cricket, ten­nis and bowls which are pre­dom­i­nantly sum­mer sports – would be able to con­tinue.

“How­ever we be­lieve that ExxonMo­bil aren’t fully aware of the po­ten­tial im­pli­ca­tions to our foot­ball club as a re­sult of Esso Club’s de­ci­sion to im­me­di­ately close their fa­cil­i­ties.

“As we were un­sure what ac­cess we would have to our fa­cil­i­ties and whether we would have run­ning wa­ter or elec­tric­ity, we have taken pre­cau­tious mea­sures by can­celling our two up­com­ing home matches for our se­nior re­serve side as well as our Un­der-16s home match.”

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