oh GOD. John Batchelor is a prize twat! He changed York's name to "York City Soccer Club" - that was around the time I decided to refuse to go to games when I was back, apparently to "attract Americans" - well, that didn't work a treat. Thank god we're a football club again.
I seem to recall him promising so much money to York, and actually, within a very short space of time it all fell flat, York nearly went out of business, and thankfully he was gone.
Ooooooh he makes my blood boil. I thought he liked motor racing? God, if I remember correctly, there was some talk about motor racing at Bootham Crescent too... which is hugely unrealistic, obviously. Cloud cuckoo land, this bloke.
Right, off to trail the YEP site to find out if I'm right and not just going mad...
aha! While I don't agree with the death threats, if it's true, Wikipedia agrees with some of what I said above!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Batchelor_(racing)#Period_with_York_City
I remember it now, he bought the club from Douglas Craig, and I swear that although Wikipedia claims it was a gentleman's agreement, it wasn't - Craig was one of the reasons York ended up in so much crap!! But then Batchelor also didn't help... all the money he promised never came, and the fans bought him out! Hurrah the fans!
2008-03-29 10:42 am (UTC)
2008-03-29 01:27 pm (UTC)
In keeping with the spirit of "Dream Team", I hope he gets picked out by a sniper during an FA cup tie, shortly after discovering that the entire first team squad have been conducting an affair with his wife.
what a PRIZE knobcheese. i thought we'd got rid of idiots like this?
still, nice to be reminded that the local mansfield paper is called the CHAD though...
i thought we'd got rid of idiots like this?
What the d. made you think that? He sounds like a fit and proper person if ever there was one.
blind optimism and reading too many david conn "...and then the trust took over, and now they're on the road to recovery" stories i guess.
Here's what Friday's Graniaud football teatime email had to say on the subject. Made me laugh, especially the last paragraph.
It was with a weary sigh that the Fiver noted prospective Mansfield Town purchaser John Batchelor's plans to change the club's name to Harchester United if his takeover bid succeeds. Yes, Harchester United. As in the fictional team in long-running Sky One soccer drama Dream Team. It gets worse. Madman Batchelor also intends to employ actors from the series in some unexplained capacity - presumably doing the nasty with the players' wives and offing the kit man in bizarre circumstances. "Harchester is more promotable than Mansfield," Batchelor explained today, inserting one hand into the watch pocket of his French military tunic. "That's not any form of insult to Mansfield at all because it's a club with a long tradition but it's just a fact of life."
Removing the helmet of his deep-sea diving suit, he delivered the
clincher: "One club has been on the television for 10 years and the other one hasn't." Well, it's hard to argue with that. Other than to suggest that one club exists and the other is, you know, off the telly (and not even a well-populated bit of the telly at that).
Mansfield/Harchester, meanwhile, were sticking to as dignified a "no comment" as they could muster in response to the Fiver's wheezed and hacking telephone enquiries.
But even within this tortured matrix of post-post-modern ironies, there's a final kick. Harchester United don't exist even on TV. They were axed by Sky last year after drawing terrible ratings and struggling along on a shoestring for years. Mansfield, on the other hand, are also facing the axe and heading for the Conference this year after drawing terrible attendances and struggling along on a shoe-string for ... ah.