MyFootballClub Prepares to Announce Club Takeover
MyFootballClub, the revolutionary website that launched earlier this Spring, is preparing to announce that it has agreed in principle to purchase a non-league football club.
According to The Independent newspaper, MyFootballClub will announce that an agreement has been made with a club from the BlueSquare Premier (aka Conference National, which is one league below League Two in England). The newspaper dropped a major hint by mentioning that the club in question has never played in the top four divisions of English football before and has aspirations of being promoted to League Two.
That rules out Cambridge United, Aldershot, Torquay, Exeter, Kidderminster, Northwich Victoria, Oxford, Rushden & Diamonds, Halifax and York. All of those clubs have played in the Football League before.
That means that one of the following clubs is the mystery team that MyFootballClub will purchase: Altrincham, Burton Albion, Crawley Town, Droylsden, Ebbsfleet United, Farsley Celtic, Forest Green Rovers, Grays Athletic, Histon, Salisbury City, Stafford Rangers, Stevenage Borough, Weymouth or Woking.
So which club is it? We don’t know. MyFootballClub has done an excellent job at keeping the secret under wraps, but despite the fact that they’ve been in discussions with Cambridge United and Halifax Town – among others – it can’t be one of those clubs if the major hint dropped by The Independent is true.
EPL Talk will take an educated guess to determine who the mystery team is. The pioneer behind MyFootballClub is Will Brooks who is a die-hard Fulham fan and lives near Craven Cottage. Since he’ll be a main part of the MyFootballClub endeavor, it’s safe to say that the club is probably near London (otherwise Brooks would have to uproot his life).
Based on that assumption, that would rule out the following teams who are scattered far from the London area: Droylsden (near Manchester), Altrincham (near Manchester), Burton (near Derby), Farsley (near Leeds), Salisbury (near the south coast), Forest Green Rovers (in Gloucestershire), Histon (near Cambridge) and Stafford (near Stoke).
The remaining clubs that are possibilities for ownership are therefore: Crawley Town (located near Gatwick Airport), Ebbsfleet United (in Gravesend, near London), Grays Athletic (near Southend), Stevenage Borough (near Luton) and Woking (southwest of London).
We can rule Stevenage Borough out because former England u-21 manager Peter Taylor is now in charge of the club and I don’t foresee a manager like Taylor agreeing to allow fans to pick his team.
That leaves four possibilities. Crawley, Ebbsfleet, Grays and Woking.
And last but not least, consider Woking
who is the only club in the top 15 ‘most voted
‘ clubs by members of MyFC that is in the Conference and that has never played in the Football League before.
Which one could it be — or is EPL Talk way off on its educated guesses? We should learn today (Tuesday) when MyFC is anticipated to make an announcement.
If you’re interested in learning more about MyFC, be sure to listen to EPL Talk’s interview with Tim Glynne-Jones from MyFootballClub. The interview was conducted just days after the MyFootballClub.co.uk website launched. EPL Talk was proud to be the first U.S. news organization to interview MyFC.
Breaking news: If anyone cares, EPL Talk was correct with its predictions. The club that MyFootballClub agreed to take over is Ebbsfleet United (previously known as Gravesend). More news about the signing here and the club here.
About Christopher Harris
Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT.
Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game.
Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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