RIDLEY: WE MUST KEEP ‘CUP’ FANS INTERESTED
FROM Mousehole to Ludgvan in West Cornwall is just under eight miles but in football terms these days, it feels like a million. Last week, the team with the charming name, and who play just outside the gorgeous seaside village, made the short journey and won 11-1 in Peninsula League Division One West – Step Seven. Recently, the former Torquay United player and manager Kevin Nicholson was lured to Trungle Park by wealthy chairman Tim Richardson, who describes himself as a property investor and has huge ambition for the club, starting with the establishment of an Academy that has been recruiting players from as far afield as Leeds. Says a statement on their website. “We have a burning desire to progress – to build a truly amazing club: the highest-performing, bestrun, most self-sustaining football club in Cornwall.” Compare and contrast with poor old Ludgvan, rooted to the bottom of the league and struggling to field a team, and who had to face the 37-year-old Nicholson and his rampant charges last week. In between the two villages is the major town of Penzance, whose club Mousehole (pronounced Mowsle) have already been approached with an unwelcomed merger-cum-takeover. It was almost certainly mooted due to the facilities at Trungle, a couple of miles away, which need upgrading and have a tricky access road, plus the greater crowd potential of Penzance, population 21,200 to Mousehole’s 700. Now, there will be many in Non-League who’ve seen this before in Cornwall, with Kevin Heaney bankrolling Truro City before his financial problems and then the White Tigers’ own in recent years. Certainly those in National League South who dread the trip to Truro – should they return home to Treyew Road before the planned Stadium for Cornwall – will be concerned. Mousehole is another 30 miles further, which is an hour on Cornish roads. Could they make it up into Step 1 at least, as is the intention? It’s a long shot, but you never know. Something is stirring in a County famed for its Rugby Union but which loves its football despite being one of the game’s most forgotten regions. One thing is for sure: there are haves and havenots just miles apart at every level – even down to Step 7.
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