The final few friendlies have been added to the pre season schedule. On Thursday 19th
July we travel to Quorndon to take on the Midland Alliance side. Conference Premier
new boys and A5 neighbours Nuneatin Town come to De Montfort Park on Tuesday 31st
July, and the final addition is a trip into deepest darkest Nanpantan on Saturday 4th
August to play Loughborough Dynamo.
A further four friendly games have been added to the pre season schedule. First on
Saturday 21st July we will travel down the A47 to play Stamford, from the Northerm
Premier League Division 1 South. On Tuesday 24th July Leicester City will bring a
team to De Montfort Park with a 7.30pm KO. Then on Saturday 28th July we will
'lock horns' with a Hinckley United legend as we travel to Stratford Town to take
on former player Morton Titterton's Midland Alliance side. The final addition is
the annual game against Barwell at the Stade de Kirby Road on Tuesday 7th August.
Relegation, or not relegation? That is the question...
A week after Hinckley United finished the season in the final relegation place it
is not clear if we will actually be relegated, due to the situation at Darlington.
It was announced on Wednesday that DFC 1883 Limited had withdrawn their proposed CVA
agreement, and would look to buy out the clubs assets, exiting administration without
a CVA in place.
It was announced on Thursday by Adminstrator Harvey Madden that DFC 1883 Ltd had
indeed bought out the clubs assets and would be carrying out their plan, as reported
by the BBC here
http://www.bbc.co.uk/. Essentially, this is contrary to Conference finacial
rules, and the new club are fully expecting to be demoted at least a further level,
if not two.
Precedent set would mean that the highest relegated team from Conf North/South with
the greatest points per game ratio would receive a reprieve, which in this case would
be Hinckley United. The National League Committee meet in a couple of weeks to allocate
league placings, but even then, if they recommend Hinckley United to stay in Conference
North nothing would be confirmed until 9th June at The Football Conference AGM.
Hinckley United chairman Kevin Downes spoke of his devestation that Hinckley finished
in the relegation places. In an interview he gave to the Leicester Mercury, website
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/, he stressed there would be no knee-jerk
reaction to the 'devastating' finish to the season, and instead, Hinckley's board and
manager Dean Thomas would sit down and discuss the club's future, however only after
next Tuesday's Leicestershire Cup final. Yet even then, with situations regarding
other clubs, Hinckley will not have their fate confirmed until the Conference AGM
on Staurday 9th June.
He said: "It looks like there will be a few weeks of stressing before we know what
will happen. There are lots of things going on at lots of other clubs and I hear
that several of them are in a bit of crisis, but I don't feel it is right to comment
on their situation. I also don't think it is right to be commenting on matters regarding
our team and management until after next week's County Cup final. We will sit down
and have a meeting to see where we are going but the season is not over yet. We have
had fantastic runs in both the FA Cup and the FA Trophy and we have a County Cup final
to come, off the pitch we have steadied the ship and have been making great strides.
We have been putting in so much hard work. The new board has done some great things
and the commercial manager has done well too. We made the decision last year that
the club must come before the team, we reduced our budgets and asked Dean to keep
us in the league. While the club is now in a much better position, the team has
suffered, but off the pitch, we have achieved everything that we wanted to achieve."
The first friendly for the 2012-2013 season has been arranged and once again Coventry
City will be bringing a side to play Hinckley. Both clubs suffered poor seasons with
both finishing in a relegation place, though football carries on and by July both
clubs will be preparing ahead to their respective leagues next season. The match is
scheduled to take place on Saturday July 14 at De Montfort Park with a 3pm KO.