Buckingham ‘a club in crisis’ after nightmare start

Ford Meadow, the old Buckingham Town FC ground, now boarded up by environmental health.
Ford Meadow, the old Buckingham Town FC ground, now boarded up by environmental health.

BUCKINGHAM Town caretaker manager Daniel Kingston has admitted the club are in crisis following the departure of Steve Orchard.

The Robins have had a nightmare start to the season – currently lying bottom of the United Counties League Division One table with one win in seven – and have no manager, no home ground and just 13 fit players.

Kingston said: “We need to steady the ship. Obviously we’re in crisis at the moment, we’re playing our home matches 12 miles out of town and we have no home ground so there’s little support and that’s what we need.

“You can’t even question that we’re in crisis, but we’re working on it and there’s a meeting next week that will focus on getting back to playing in Buckingham.

“It’s a miracle we are still in business, in all honesty.”

The departure of Orchard, who only took charge in the summer, came after the club suffered a 6-0 home defeat to Harrowby United last Saturday.

Kingston added: “It was mutual consent. We held talks last week with Steve because we were concerned with the good quality players leaving and the lack of ones coming on.

“We questioned him and he questioned us so there was a bit of a falling out and we couldn’t see a future together at the club.

“They’ve asked me to take charge for now until the mess gets sorted out.

“At the moment we only have 13 fit players and three did ask to leave but have now said that they’re staying at the club. It’s not what we need but we are working on it and we are looking to bring in a few players.

“It sounds silly but we have training tomorrow and it’s just a case of seeing who turns up. It’s very difficult at the moment but we should be all right in the end.”

Buckingham’s major concern is the lack of a home ground in town with the club currently playing their home games at Manor Fields in Bletchley.

As a result of playing their games 12 miles out of town, the Robins are not seeing enough fans turn up to home games.

Kingston says the club are working on playing closer to home, but added: “We have no idea when it’ll be.

“We need a revenue system, the future depends on it. I don’t think we’ll go out of business, we’re all working hard and we won’t let that happen.

“We play Rushden and Diamonds in December and they’ll bring 300 people and that’s enough to sort us out for the season but we don’t want to rely on that.

“I think we’ll definitely stay up in this league. Unfortunately we started against the not so good teams but we’ve only got one win.

“We won’t finish in the bottom two.”