27 December 2012

City look to the future after a year of drama

Source: West Briton

EVEN in Truro City's recent turbulent history, 2012 has been quite extraordinary.

And perhaps the most remarkable fact is that the club is still in existence as we go into 2013 and is still competing at Step 2 of the Pyramid System.

This year has seen the departure of controversial chairman Kevin Heaney, who was declared bankrupt, the club face several winding up orders, go into administration and on at least two occasions be just minutes away from being liquidated.

But now with new owners in Truro businessmen Pete Masters and Philip Perryman, City's fans can hopefully contemplate a less fraught new year.

Of course there is still a huge amount of work to be done at Treyew Road, but there is at least now cause for some optimism, even if it would take a near miracle to prevent the club surviving in Blue Square Bet South.

The ten point deduction imposed for the club going into administration is a millstone around the club's hopes of staying up, but all is not yet lost.

If the transfer embargo can be lifted, sooner rather than later, then Lee Hodges and his squad will have half a chance of escaping the drop.

Full credit to Hodges and his painfully small squad for sticking with the club when it would have been much easier to walk away and join much more stable clubs.

Loyalty:

Without their loyalty and commitment to keeping the club going in such difficult times, the club's demise would have been near certain.

Stewart Yetton has already passed 300 games for the club and Joe Broad (294), Jake Ash (283) and Marcus Martin and Andy Watkins, who are both on 275, are rapidly approaching that milestone.

That kind of loyalty has also been replicated off the pitch with supporters rallying around and people like secretary Tracey Finemore, who had given up a good job to come to Treyew Road, continuing to work without pay.

And hopefully now that sort of dedication will reap its just rewards in 2013, though of course only time will tell.

But one thing you can be sure of is that it won't be dull.

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