Steelmen heading into another crucial week

Corby Town joint-boss Andrew Wilson has given an update on the off-field issues at the club
Corby Town joint-boss Andrew Wilson has given an update on the off-field issues at the club

Corby Town’s off-field problems look to be heading for another crucial moment this week.

Joint-manager Andrew Wilson has confirmed that money owed to some of the Steelmen players as well as him and fellow boss Tommy Wright has been promised for “Tuesday or Wednesday” next week.

But should that money not arrive, Wilson believes it could result in a mass walk-out from the playing squad as well as casting a doubt over the managers’ own futures.

Corby had Sam Ives and Tom McGowan back in their side for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at AFC Totton in the Calor League Premier Division.

Both players chose not to feature in last Wednesday’s 3-0 home defeat to Poole Town over unpaid wages while Paul Malone left the club and signed for Stamford for the same reasons.

Gareth Jelleyman and Chris Carruthers were the other two who didn’t play last midweek and Wilson confirmed that duo chose not to feature at Totton as they wait to see if they do receive the money they are owed this week.

The Steelmen have been thrown into crisis with cashflow problems causing a delay in wages while the club remain locked in a dispute with Corby Borough Council over a cut in funding and money which the club says is owed to them. They are also at loggerheads over a sports pavilion, which could be built at Steel Park in the future.

Events on the field again almost took a back seat as everyone waits to see what the future has in store and Wilson revealed chairman Kevin Ingram had been in a meeting on Friday before delivering an update on the situation.

The Steelmen are due to play Totton again at Steel Park in a re-arranged match on Wednesday.

And Wilson said: “The situation is that there’s been some money promised on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“Two players (Jelleyman and Carruthers) decided they wouldn’t play until they get their money and the other two (Ives and McGowan) decided to take the risk and come with us.

“The whole situation has had a detrimental effect. It’s not easy to pick the players up because of the way things have been.

“You try to lift the spirits but when something goes wrong, it feels like the weight is on your shoulders.

“The chairman had a meeting on Friday and it looks like will be some money available.

“He was at the game and I know he is pleased with the effort that Tommy and I have been putting in just to make sure we have a team on the pitch.

“There are some boys who have come in and given their all for us and we are grateful for that. They have turned up and tried their hardest.

“But when the chips are down, it is hard to keep everyone motivated. It is very difficult to keep things positive. We all need to know where we are.

“The fear for us is that if the money is not forthcoming on Tuesday or Wednesday then it may mean all the lads will walk.

“Tommy and I bought into the vision of the chairman and the board but if you aren’t given the tools to work with then I am not sure what we are supposed to do.

“If everybody is paid and everything is rosy then we are more than happy to keep this season going and try to finish it on a positive note.

“But I don’t know how we are supposed to carry on if there is no budget to work with.”

Wilson once again praised the support he and Wright have received since the off-field issues at Steel Park first came to light and he admitted it has been an “exhausting” period for both of them

Wilson added: “Something has to change, there has to be something positive soon.

“Two or three weeks ago we were talking about potentially making a late burst for the play-offs and the fact we beat the likes of Bideford and St Albans while all these problems were going on was miraculous really.

“I got in from work at 3pm on Friday and, no word of a lie, I was on the phone and receiving texts up until 8.15pm. I know it was the same for Tommy and to be honest, it has been an exhausting time for both of us.

“The only thing I can say is that the support Tommy and I have had through social media and from those who have been at the games has been brilliant.

“The supporters understand it is a tough situation and they have stuck by us, which has been very uplifting in the darkest times.”