Why did the FA choose Newark Athletic over the 100 other applicants they negotiated with?
Friday 2nd March 2012
IT was a complete shocking news when the FA announced the introduction of a new team in the English Conference, after the news that Tamworth FC was closing at the end of the season.
But what came even more shockingly is the 'project', that the FA Board started surrounding the replacement, which has been called the 'Small Fish, Big Pond' in which they are looking for a small historic town WITHOUT a major football club, which will benefit from the financial gain comes along with a professional club.
So the team that was chosen, after discussions lasting just a month, was Newark Athletic, a new team that is backed by Russian Billionaire Yermolai Relikovic. Is the real reason that the club was chosen was due to a bribe coming in the way of the billions of money by the Russian media mogul? Or was there an actual simple reason they chose Newark-on-Trent?
To understand the real reasons, the Daily Mail has decided to look into both Newark-on-Trent's history, and Russian Yermolai Relikovic.
The Newark Castle: Heart of tourism for the small town
Newark-on-Trent is a small market town in the East Midlands, with an estimated population of 26,330 and a large number of outer-towns which could be accounted as supporters. It is in location of Grantham, Nottingham, Lincoln, Mansfield and has a train rail connected to the East Coast Main Rail lane, which commits all the way to London.
The history of Newark is connected well with English periods, with the thriving wool and cloth trade at the center of the town during the reign of Henry II, where King John died at the Newark Castle, and when during the establishment of the Church of England, the Newark vicar was executed for refusing to acknowledge the king as head of church. Newark is also lied upon the important Roman road, the Fosse Way, making the origins of the town possibly Roman.
But the biggest role in the nations history is the effect the town had in the English civil war, where King Charles the First stayed as the town's 600 soldiers held raids against larger cities and towns, with mixed results but establishing themselves as Fearless Warriors and going against the larger town, head-to-head no matter what. And even during the last stages of the civil war fought against the Parliament fearlessly, only surrendering under the command of the King.
The recent claims to fame of Newark are The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness, footballer Patrick Bamford and actor Toby Kebbel, but maybe the new football club can unearth some footballing gems to become world class players?
Newark Athletic Chairman Yermolai Relikovic
But, as the town which has a rich history, the rich-man of Newark Athletic has a less then gleaming past, since his birth in 1961, Yermolai Relikovic has been an shady individual, with being an mafia contact during his teenage years, to become wealthy in over a year after selling poorly made stuffed cabbage bears. He has been connected with numerous Eastern Europe black market syndicates, and is said to have been a hit man for one of Russia's most corrupted presidents.
But the most famous connection with him is the disappearance of Boltsky Industries inventor, Andrei Boltsky, after the company clinched an international deal with a Japanese internet company, which made the company a total income of at least £3.1 million. Even though the sudden disappearance was done so quickly after the deal was sealed, and Relikovic took charge, no-one has really been questioning about, or have they not been allowed to?
Rumors are spread that Boltsky had gone insane after the stress of the deal was done, but had taken it's toll already on him, other rumors say that he wanted to live in the small city he came from and live in retirement in peace with the money earned from Relikovic's money. The truth is surrounded by speculation, but not been found our by fear of possible termination or torture.
But in all, the town speaks the words that Mark Grayson said the FA wanted, plus with the financial backing of one of Russia's most secretive billionaires, it does allow the club an advantage shall they ever reach the promise land of the Premier League, which no English Conference club has done as of yet, but maybe that would be the task that enticed the Russian?