Time was when football clubs were not sniffy about their finances and were more open about money coming and going out of the club than is the case in the modern game. Each year at the Annual General Meeting, with the local press in attendance, the Hon. Secretary would give his account of the playing fortunes for the season just passed and would then run through the finances. Sometimes this detail would be revealed by the Hon. Treasurer but up until the outbreak of the First World War Bob Fox held both positions at Clarence Park.
During the passing of time most of the financial records of St Albans City have been lost but a number have survived and appear here along with the Notices advising members of the date of the Annual General Meeting.
The first two Accounts shown here relate to the original St Albans Football Club from 1891-92 and 1893-94. One particularly curious figure from 1891-92 is mention of income from sale of shirts. This was long before clubs could raise significant income by selling replica shirts, so where the figure comes from is a strange one. The next set of accounts include mention of the sale of old footballs.
Nowadays the financial affairs of the club can be traced online via Companies House.