Non-league club listed on Ebay for 99p

English Non-League side Basingstoke Town have listed themselves for sale on popular auction site Ebay, with the bidding starting at just 99p.

After 25 years, Town chairman Rafi Razzak is stepping down from the role at the end of this season, with the club looking for fresh investment. Razzak admitted his “vision for the club had failed at the local council’s hands”.

The Dragons currently play in the Southern League Premier Division, three steps below the Football League.

“The world needs to know the club is for sale,” supporter and former director Simon Hood told BBC Sport.

 Ebay suspended bidding after five hours when a number of high offers up to £66,000 triggered security settings.
The auction site listing describes the club as “used”, adding “the item may have some signs of cosmetic wear” and says it is available for collection only.

“If we don’t find a buyer, nobody knows what’s going to happen to the club,” Mr Hood, 32, who is behind the Ebay listing, added. “It could just disappear.

“It’s a club with a very long tradition and what better way to keep that going than to let the world know it’s for sale?”

The auction is set to close on 13 December. The club currently have debts of £2m, and play their home games at the Camrose Stadium.

 

By Steve Osborne                @BlizzardSteve75

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