Jul 9, 2012, 11:41 AM
Location: Outer Cheltenhamshire
Team(s): Cheltenham Town
Post #4 of 16
GFC have raised substantial sponsorship to pay for the travel. If they have to put this money into ground improvements, then it jeopardises the project. Some of the argument over further development at Footes Lane is based on the question of how it is paid for, but there is also the question of whether it is desirable at this site.
It appears that GFC were hoping the momentum created when starting the club would override objections. It is unlikely anyone at the club has defined quite how far up the pyramid they feel they can rise, although current debate seems to include rising to Step 4.
As for the international dimension, UEFA membership is not on the agenda at the moment, and for the moment, UEFA rules are going to prevent this from changing. People I have chatted to from the islands have not (generally) appeared to favour UEFA recognition, preferring options such as English competitions.
Gibraltar have won various appearls in their bid to get UEFA recognition, but so far have not yet been brought into the family. It is not impossible that they could compete in qualifying for Euro 2016, but it is unlikely. The same goes for Kosovo, but UEFA and Serbia have both come up on arms against a FIFA statement last May permitting friendly matches against Kosovo. This was interference with both Football and International politics, (FIFA should not have made a statement, it should have been up to UEFA, while UEFA do not want another situation, similar to the Spain/Gibraltar one, over Kosovo). North Cyprus has not even got close to the agenda, but Greenland have a case that ought to be considered.
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