Cambridge United financially pressed after dwindling attendances

Colm Murphy 17 September 2014

The manager of local football team Cambridge United has expressed concern over the club’s finances, after attendances fall during the season.

Because of the new Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and dwindling attendances, boss Richard Money has questioned whether the club will be able to recruit players.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Thursday, Money said: “If our income is what it is, there will be no income to spend on players”

The team returned to the fully professional Football League this season after 9 years. They marked their first game with a 1-0 over Plymouth and a crowd of 6,000 fans, of which 1,000 were travelling fans.

However, the two subsequent fixtures saw crowds of only 3,100 fans and 3,500 fans respectively.

“Attendances alone look like they are not going to give us an opportunity to grow the club the way we want. So the club has to grow off the pitch extremely quickly. That's simple mathematics.”

It remains to be seen whether the U's will maintain their newly gained position in the professional leagues.