It has been revealed that Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter has been in touch with website Non-League Daily and has pledged £2,000, if the National League approve supporters group Gateshead FC Soul’s bid to save the club.
This comes following former Rochdale chairman Chris Dunphy rejected his offer to buy the club from Dr Ranjan Varghese last week and now Gateshead Soul need £95,000 to pay off all creditors by Wednesday otherwise the club looks to be heading out of existence, meaning Aldershot Town will be reprieved to the National League from the National League South.
— Gateshead FC Soul (@GatesheadFCSoul) May 20, 2019
Gateshead Soul have released the following statement as a plea to anyone who may be able to help in saving the club:
“The ‘club’ as we see it are in a perilous position and are on a life support machine. Yet, our objective of maintaining football in Gateshead has not wavered. This is in spite of the many obstacles that have been placed in front of us from varying authorities. But, despite our best efforts, the unrealistic timeframes forced upon us cannot be met.
“This relates to servicing the current creditors to the tune of £95k by Wednesday 23 May, a deadline which was set by the National League. The obvious solution would be for the National League to waive this requirement up until the purchase was completed, and then to release the remaining bond (£100k) to allow the new owners to operate with a blank canvas. However, the National League did not see this as an option.
“That ‘club’ in our eyes, unless a buyer is sought by Wednesday, will cease to exist within a matter of weeks if not days. No ground, staff, directors, players and more importantly, no fans.
“So what have we done? For the past few weeks we’ve been putting the foundations in place for a potential phoenix club should the worst happen. However, we’ve suddenly been presented with an urgent opportunity to get our club back. This is something we hadn’t anticipated but since the end of last week, Gateshead Soul, in conjunction with other stakeholders and generous fans have managed to raise £45k towards the payment of those creditors.
“All payments have been pledged as gifts or loans and will be repaid on the return of the bond, which cannot be accessed by the previous regime.
“This is our last throw of the dice before we face the prospect of the worst case scenario of starting again at Step 7. So, if there are any fans, business persons or potential contributors that wish to come on board to help in any way you can to help raise the shortfall, then please answer this SOS by getting in touch ASAP via email at email@example.com or via any of our social media platforms.”
After learning of the statement but also that Boreham Wood have offered to give £2,000 to help save Gateshead FC from going under, fans have given their reaction, with many giving appreciating the Wood for the gesture – check out what was tweeted on the next page.