Politicians on board as momentum grows

A lot can happen in a week in sport.

But not many would have predicted a week ago that Worksop Town would find themselves in positive discussions with the district’s two leading politicians.

Both MP John Mann and Bassetlaw Council leader Simon Greaves have sat down with Tigers boss Mark Shaw to try and plot ways to keep the club alive.

Although Mr Mann is currently on a charity trek in South America, he has been keeping tabs on the situation and has told the Guardian he has offered to help the club.

Coun Greaves spent four hours with Shaw on Wednesday, discussing short term solutions and long term vision for Tigers.

He has since written to the footballing authorities to express his wish to see Worksop Town remain in the Northern Premier League.

In a statement he called on the people of the town to show their support and urged people to push Vesuvius to the backburner while the more pressing matter of ensuring Tigers can play next season is dealt with.

He said: “Worksop Town needs you. “

“For the fourth oldest club in the world to survive the community needs to back the Tigers and it needs to do it now.”

“At the moment – Vesuvius is a distraction, a longer term project not a solution to the Club’s immediate problems. “

“The first battle is making sure the club have a league to play in for the start of next season and that it is the right league.”

“I have written to the Football Association and the Northern Premier League supporting the Club’s decision to rescind their resignation and would urge as many people as possible to do the same.”

“The council will work with Worksop Town and do what we can to help provide stability in the short term and secure a long term future of the Club.”

“I have been able to meet recently with Mark Shaw, manager of the Football Club and he has my full backing.”

Along with local decision makers, Worksop Town have already received offers of support from some local firms – pledging to give members of the new ‘500 Club’ discounts or benefits.

At a public meeting on Tuesday club directors and manager Shaw all called on the fanbase to support of the membership idea.

And a number of fans signed up to take on fundraising roles.

Anyone wanting to back the 500 Club can email richardnelson1984@googlemail.com

More prevalent however, is the need for the club to establish which league they will be playing in next season.

Although Tigers are determined to fight the decision to not allow them to appeal their original resignation from the Northern Premier League, they may need to apply for another division.

Shaw, who has been interviewed by local radio and national television crews this week, said: “With the help of the town, supporters and the council, we’re looking to a fundraising initiative to secure the future of the club.”

“But we don’t have a league and until that is resolved we don’t have anywhere to play.”

A club statement said: “We are now examining what lines of appeal are open to us and what the next steps are.”