Chairman Humphrey puts Daventry Town up for sale - for £500,000

Daventry Town's Communications Park ground
Daventry Town's Communications Park ground

For sale! One Southern League football club complete with state-of-the-art clubhouse, mini artificial pitches and a variety of footballing paraphernalia.

Asking price? Offers around £500,000.

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Daventry Town chairman Iain Humphrey has admitted that he would part with his beloved Communications Park set-up if a bona fide buyer made him a sensible offer.

“I will always have the club’s best interests at heart and care passionately about its future,” he insisted. “Nevertheless I would sell to the right bidder for half a million pounds.”

Up for grabs is the Browns Road clubhouse complete with panoramic functions room, ample car parking facilities, the 3G pitches, floodlights, covered stands, dug-outs and maintenance equipment.

The playing surface itself though and ground site are both rented from Daventry District Council and could not therefore be included in any buy-out deal. Referring to the recently-announced two thirds cut in the players’ budget Humphrey added: “This is the first time in more than seven years at the club that I have had to cut the budget in mid-season. My business affairs at the moment just do not allow me to keep pumping money into football. Everything could look very different in a year’s time. Who knows?”

The chairman declined to say exactly how much money he had invested since taking over in 2007, but conceded that last season’s shortfall amounted to £77,000, despite the £50,000 FA Cup run.

He did however give his consent to the calling of an extraordinary general meeting to be held in the clubhouse at 7.30pm next Thursday (October 30).

Up for discussion will be ways and means whereby the club’s current financial problems can be improved, although the Daventry chairman added a note of caution.

“Please don’t think though that this meeting is just a chance to slag off Iain Humphrey, as I would defend myself vigorously having put such a large amount of money into DTFC over the years,” he said.

“Remember that when I first stepped in to save the club it was still in the UCL First Division and within a fortnight of folding up altogether. We need to look forwards, not backwards.”

With 20 points in the bag in the SL’s Central Division One, Daventry are well-placed to avoid relegation even if as expected several more players leave Communications Park in the next few weeks.

Last season’s relegated clubs Ashford and Chertsey went down with only 21 and 22 points respectively but current bottom markers Beaconsfield SYCOB and AFC Hayes look made of much sterner stuff.

Town were knocked out of the FA Trophy on Saturday, losing 2-0 to Romulus on their artificial surface.