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Angler ‘gutted’ after his club kicks him out — for catching too many fish

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 06, 2012

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A PROLIFIC angler has been forced out of his club after other members threatened to quit because he was too successful.

Paul Kiely, 39, of Caris Brooke Drive, Stretton — dubbed the ‘Barcelona of Burton’ by some fellow fishermen because of his similar level of success as the all-conquering Spanish football club — revealed that he was ‘gutted’ to learn of the move taken by Rolleston Angling Club.

Members took the unanimous decision after the postman won half of the club’s matches last season, and described him as being ‘leaps and bounds ahead of others in terms of ability’.

Mr Kiely told the Mail: “It is wrong, I am very upset and I am absolutely gutted with the decision.

“I was told that I was too successful and other members were not happy, but it just isn’t right.

“My friends have said it’ s like in football, the best team is Barcelona and because they win everything, they are no longer allowed to compete.

“In a roundabout way I suppose that kind of means that I am like Burton’s version of Barcelona in terms of angling — only they can carry on competing but I can’t.”

Mr Kiely won 10 out of 20 matches but was told in November last year that he was unlikely to have his membership renewed and at a club meeting in February the decision was rubber stamped.

He added: “I was told that the decision was final, there was no appeal and at the end of the day I still don’t think there is any justification for what they have done.”

Club secretary Andy Horton told the Mail: “I can confirm that for the good of the club, a decision was made not to allow Paul back as a member.

“We have a lot of older anglers and if Paul had stayed, we risked losing a lot of members.

“The decision was made by the club as a whole and we feel it was the best one in terms of the club going forward.

“We would have lost a lot of people and the fact was that Paul is leaps and bounds ahead of others in terms of ability, and this was having an impact on the other members and causing an issue following his success.

“I would like to stress that this decision is nothing personal against Paul — it was taken by the club for the good of the club.”

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 09 2013, 7:09PM

    talk about sour grapes from under talented so-called anglers, never mind though Paul, "Team England" next stop.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 09 2013, 2:12PM

    Congratulations on being a winner, sounds like sour grapes to me that the others aren't as talented as you!

  • Burton Mail  |  January 05 2013, 9:54AM

    Well done at being so accomplished. Why not turn it to a positive, get some training and offer their members some coaching? Use your tallents as an advantage. You can already see if things don't work where you are there are opportunities in other places.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 04 2013, 11:14PM

    Absolutely disgusting

  • Burton Mail  |  January 04 2013, 10:51PM

    Disgusting. Whats happened to equal opportunities? The angling club should be ashamed of themselves. THis is discrimination.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 04 2013, 2:54PM

    Punished for doing well? I would have thought that the club would have been proud of him, as should the other members, who may be jealous they are not as good. You go Paul and good luck at your new club

  • Burton Mail  |  January 02 2013, 4:09PM

    SO PHIL TAYLOR THEN SHOULD BE BANNED FROM THE PDC VAN PERSIE FROM THE PREMIER LEAGUE ECT WHAt a farce so in sport you cant be better than anyone else or you get banned

  • Burton Mail  |  December 30 2012, 7:49PM

    Well his results at fisherwick were outstanding. Didnt win and hasnt gone back. Kind of unjustifies the bulk of comments here!

  • Burton Mail  |  October 05 2012, 10:37AM

    to me you have done the wrong thing here,many angling clubs have the same face that win most of there matches, if it hurts you that much to see a talent come through you will learn a lot faster, your best bet is to pleasure fish, julian.

  • Burton Mail  |  April 04 2012, 11:40PM

    Get rid of the best, keep the rest, to much cronyism used in so many small clubs, always best for the 'club', never a good young angler to hold onto, with his skills and knowledge, sad really, maybe if they had interclub competitions they might have wanted to keep him, to bring home the trophys at the end of season, then they would be buying the pints at the end of the day in celebration. Perhaps he should enter the ' open match circuit' maybe if good enough, turn ' pro ' good luck to him I say