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offline ronin

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A little insight taken from the Aldershot forum into what costs are involved running a football club at top nonleague level...

"We made a loss of £117,289 for the year to June 2003, compared to a loss of £14,225 the previous year. This was almost entirely due to a rise in players' earnings from £303,923 to £416,794. Turnover remianed almost exactly the same at just under £500,000. Despite the 13% rise in attendances to 2072, overall income did not increase, as we did not have an F.A. Cup run. If we had reached the 2nd Round in 2002-03, as we did last seasonthis would have brought in en extra £50-65K due mainly to prize money. Alternatively, the club would have needed gates of around 2,800, at last year's prices, to break even.

So should we be worried? I would say probably not. However, it does explain why the club said that there could be no increase in the playing budget at the start of this season. With admission charges up from £8 to £10 for adults and a rise to attendances of 3300, I reckon that gate money for league games alone will be up by £250,000 for this season. There will also be our cup income to add in."


offline FleetFanatic

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However, Uncle Jeff will have to dig a little deeper for your boys!

We lost circa £60k in our first season, with gates averaging 1200 & we had one of the smallest playing budgets!

offline CANV EFM

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not to bothered.. we will get an average of 1001 and just up the price to 36 pounds a ticket

offline FleetFanatic

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Best get them to up a pint to a grand - you'll be able to fund the season that way.....

offline Guest__*

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It is possible to break even in the conference, looking at our accounts we made £10,000 last time we were in the Conference (1999-2000). Granted it didn't keep us up but that was more to do with losing Nas and Steve Watson and getting nobody good enough to replace them but that's beyond the point. If you plan it sensibly around a slightly lower than expected attendance figure you'll be fine, if not Jeff King could just flog some more of his dodgy little prefab "houses" to old people ;-P

That said it's the going straight back down you have to worry about, our gate receipts more than halved and even though we got £62,000 in transfer fees we still recorded losses of £20,000+ Scary, fortunately Sutton's accounts have always been handled well and we never go beyond our means, which makes our win over Canvey today all the more impressive :-D

BTW i got the info off Sutton's official accounts that were put up on amberpla.net.

Oh yeah, if you make it have fun in the conference and cheers for the three points :-D

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