Tough November Ahead

Last updated : 02 November 2004 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
With only a guaranteed single home match during November, AFC Bournemouth are going to have a tough month ahead given the current financial problems at Dean Court.

The only guaranteed match day income will come from the Chesterfield match on November 20th. There is the possibility of an FA Cup Replay though, and hopefully £16,000 should we beat Forest Green in the FA Cup First Round.

The Club also missed out on the prospect of a TV match as the BBC opted to cover Thurrock v Luton Town, and Sky Sports opted for Southend United v Luton Town. All four clubs pick up £75,000. If one of the 'highlight matches' on Match Of The Day, we will receive £13,000 from that.

Speaking in the Bournemouth Echo, Chairman Peter Phillips is quoted as saying: "November is going to be very tough for us. We've got quite a lot of commitments to go out including payments for VAT and payments to the Inland Revenue. Then of course you've got to do all the normal things like pay the wages and you can't do that on one game so we are going to have to work very, very hard to get cash in this month".

Now that TV money is not an option, Phillips went on to say: "There's CherryShare which is about to go into its second wave and hopefully that will bring in £50,000 or £60,000 this month. Our target is £80,000 and we'll see how we get on .... It's not the first time we've had a tough financial month and we're still here - and I've no doubt we will still be here in December".