Match Angler booted out by his club for being too good.
A fishing club has booted out one of its member because he was too successful in its matches.
Staffordshire rod Paul Kiely won 10 out of 20 of Rolleston Angling Clubs competitions last year. However, far from being celebrated by his fellow club members, the 39-year-old’s winning streak led the organisation to take the decision of forcing him out of the club and banning him from reapplying for membership.
Dubbed the ‘Barcelona of Burton’ by members due to his form being on a par with the dominating Spanish football team, Paul admits to being ‘gutted’ by the decision.
“I don’t think there is any justification for what they have done,” said Paul. “I was told the decision was final and that there would be no appeal process, I’m gutted to be honest.”
The club has defended its actions, claiming that the decision to ban Paul from membership was taken in the best interests of the organisation.
“If he’d have stayed we could have risked losing a lot of our members,” said secretary of Rolleston Angling Club, Andy Horton. “Paul is way ahead of other anglers in the club in terms of ability and it was having an impact on other member. The decision was nothing personal against Paul, it was taken for the good of the club.”