Just under a year after DT’s demise, a bizarre
(but memorable, maybe for Stags’ fans for the wrong reasons) event occurred which
propelled the series and Harchester United, together with Mansfield Town F.C,
into the sporting headlines. The now late John Batchelor, who was a potential buyer
Town, thought it would help
turn the club’s woeful troubles around by renaming the club – Harchester
United! To the relief of many it never happened, but Jane Hewland pitched an
idea for a documentary to Sky One which would cover the story, although that
too never happened (sadly in that case).
Original article on BBC 606 here
TOWNS NAME TO BE CHANGED?
by Superstagsadam (U10269166)
28 March 2008
Stags to be renamed Harchester Utd under Batchelor?
UNCONVENTIONAL would-be Stags owner John Batchelor plans to rename Mansfield
Town as Harchester Utd - the fictional team featured in hit Sky TV series Dream
That is one of his many wacky ideas to raise the club's profile and
Chad was told this
morning via a leaked e-mail.
Chad - the first media
to break the news - understands that he has approached the film company which
owns the rights to the programme.
Mr Batchelor - waiting to hear this morning if his late bid for Mansfield Town
FC has been successful after a dramatic two days behind the scenes at Field
Mill - told Chad on Friday morning: "Do we want professional football in
Mansfield or not?
However, on Friday afternoon the Football League appeared to pour cold water on
his plan, telling
Chad: "The club's
membership of the Football League is in the name of
Town and this cannot be
changed without the League's approval."
It is also believed that the League is unahppy at the idea and would be likely
to veto any proposal to change the club's name.
After hearing the news, Mr Batchelor - who fell out with the body during his
short-time as owner of
City - lambasted the League
for its 'short-sighted approach'.
Chad: "In my
experience of working with the League - and my observations of it since - they
are likely to be underused, over-paid and short-sighted.
"If their opinion is that
Town can't be re-named
Harchester United while in the Football League, then there is an easy solution
- get relegated and then get promoted.
"Or, alternatively, if they were an elightened group, they could fully
understand the benefits of having Harchester United in the League with all the
publicity and commercial activity that would surround it.
"It is upto them, but it is no surprise to me if negativity abounds.
"There is always a way around things."
A spokesman for the Conference added: "Any name change would have to go to
the board of directors and also be approved by the Football Association.
"I cannot speak about the
Town idea as I have seen
nothing about it and it is all hypothetical.
"But all applications to change names of clubs are given serious consideration.
"This has been done in the past, for instance recently
Gravesend and Ebbsfleet became
Ebbsfleet United and they have done ok out of it.
"But the name of a club means a lot to people and any attempts to change a
name for commercial reasons can backfire.