Truro City file for administration
The future of Truro City FC looks bleak after they revealed that they have filed administration.
The club, who have suffered financially over the past 12 months, issued a statement on Friday morning telling supporters that they had been left with no option but to file for administration.
This week the Packet revealed that long-standing chairman Kevin Heaney had stepped down from his role at the club after being declared bankrupt at Truro Crown Court on Friday, August 24.
It was thought that the club were going to continue playing in the Conference South despite that news after it was revelaed that William Harrison-Allan, the chairman of league rivals Salisbury City, had paid the players' wages and was working on a deal to secure the club's future.
However, it now looks like that deal has fallen through with the players remaining unpaid for August.
The club issued a statement, through chairman, Chris Webb, which read:
"Due to the club's continuing financial difficulties, it has been reluctantly decided that we have been left with no option but to place the club in administration, and I confirm that this process is to begin immediately.
"After their training session and meeting last night, the first team players informed us that unless the club took this course of action they would not turn out for the Boreham match tomorrow, in view of the non-payment of their wages for August and the continuing uncertainty over the club's future funding.
"Our clear understanding at present is that arrangements which were agreed earlier for funding to cover the players' wages through to at least September 15 no longer hold good.
"Obviously, this is an extremely difficult time for the club, but I can assure everyone concerned - players, supporters and staff - that I and my colleagues are working tirelessly to ensure that every possible effort is being made towards securing the survival and long-term success of the club."
After the news had broke Truro City captain Jake Ash tweeted that he hoped administration could help the club move forward.
"I hope the club can go forward from here," he said. "Administration appears to be the only way the club can continue. Just hope someone can save it."
The club will be deducted 10 points from their league total in the Conference South as soon as an administrator is appointed. It would leave City on minus five points.
It is not clear yet if Truro City Reserves, who play in the Carlsberg SW Peninsula League division one west, will suffer any punishment.
CSWPL officials said they have not been informed yet by Truro City about the club going into administration.
A statement from CSWPL secretary Phil Hiscox, said: "The South West Peninsula Football League Ltd are aware of press reports and reaction today regarding Truro City appointing adminstrators to deal with the clubs internal issues.
"Nobody from Truro City has contacted this league in this respect and therefore we await due notification, that is required under league rules, once the adminstrator has been appointed.
"There are issues that will have to be dealt with at this level, as well as Conference level, if the club is placed into adminstration but we will deal with those matters as and when they occur.
"Finally we expect Truro City Reserves to fulfil the fixture at Vospers Oak Villa tomorow, and will only issue a further statement if circumstances
dictate that is necessary."