OILERS SPILL IN TO BIG DANGER
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.”