Hatters boss Still confirms he has never come across match-fixing

Experienced Hatters boss John Still has confirmed he has never come across any cases of ‘match-fixing’ during his time in the non-league game, writes Mark Wood.

Saturday, 5th October 2013, 10:00 am
Kidderminster Harriers v Luton Town. Photos by Liam Smith. wk 36.

It was revealed this week that the Football Association had failed to question three non-league clubs over suspicious betting activity on a number of games.

Billericay Town, AFC Hornchurch and Chelmsford all came under scrutiny from the FA after bookmakers stopped taking bets on several matches involving the clubs in the Conference South last season.

Now Luton boss Still, who had bossed a series of lower league clubs including Dartford, Leytonstone & Ilford, Maidstone United, Redbridge Forest, Dagenham & Redbridge and Barnet, said: “The only thing is the obvious, like when the lights went out at Charlton and all that sort of stuff, you hear all of that.

“But within the level you’re talking about I’ve never come across it, I’ve never encountered a situation where I would be alerted by it.

“In the past there have been things where people have had a bet on their teams and things like that, which doesn’t fall into the realms of match-fixing.

“But the way I look at all of these situations in anything where you can place bets, someone, somewhere is going to try and find a way of making money and I think that’s just the way of the world. Fortunately I’ve never come across it.”