Spencer Day's Boro will finally kick off their Skrill South campaign at home to Dover Athletic this Saturday
Farnborough FC have at last been given the green light to get their season under way after weeks of crisis talks with the Football Conference were finally resolved on Thursday morning.
The newly-purchased club was forced to sit out the opening five games of the Skrill South campaign after missing a deadline to pay a £100,000 membership bond by just 31 minutes .
And now, after complying with a criteria of 13 conditions as set down by no-nonsense Conference chiefs, Boro are ready to finally kick off their season, starting with the visit of Dover Athletic to the newly-named Paddy Power Park on Saturday (ko 3pm).
A statement from the Conference, released at 1pm on Thursday afternoon, said: “At today's board meeting, the directors of the Football Conference approved a request from Farnborough FC to transfer its membership of the competition from Farnborough Football & Social Club Limited to Boro FC Limited.
“The board determined the club was now compliant with the FA’s Standardised Rules which govern such a transaction, and it had met all 13 of the terms and conditions set by the Conference at a meeting on August 21, 2013.
“The board now hopes the club and its supporters will enjoy a bright and secure future in the Football Conference, commencing from Saturday September 7 with its scheduled home fixture against Dover Athletic.”
Relieved owner/manager Spencer Day added: “I'm delighted that the club has finally had its membership to the Football Conference confirmed after a board meeting this morning.
“It's been a long and exhausting process and there are many people to thank for helping us get there.
“I had a lovely phone call from [chief executive] Andrew Lloyd, of Rushmoor Borough Council, yesterday afternoon and we are very grateful to the council for their support.
“This club came very close to going out of existence over the summer, but now it's about moving forward and we hope the community of Farnborough will get behind us as this club will never have a better opportunity of being self-sustainable in the future.”
Day has also confirmed that a proposal for his players and management team to adopt the names of famous footballers as a condition of the club's sponsorship deal with Paddy Power has been dropped following discussions with disapproving Conference chiefs.
It has also been revealed that plans to allow free entry to all fans for the Dover game have yet to be ratified, although there are expected to be significant discounts on offer at the turnstiles.
Day’s squad got a run-out on Tuesday night when they entertained Ryman Premier side Hampton & Richmond in a behind-closed-doors friendly, which they won 4-0.
The good news for Day was that Steve Laidler got his first 45 minutes of football under his belt after recovering from knee surgery, while Adam Doyle, Elvis Hammond, Alfred Bosch and Reece Connolly also got valuable game time after suffering recent knocks.
“It was an essential run-out but it highlighted just how ring rusty we are,” Day said.
“It got some gremlins out of us, but what we made up for in quality we lacked in match sharpness.”
Day will be missing suspended duo Alan Inns and Reece Jones for the visit of Dover, while the club are yet to receive international clearance from the Football Association of Wales to play Scott Donnelly.