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Board meeting: Thursday 22nd November, 7:30pm, Boston SRC
Board meeting: Thursday 27th December, 7:30pm, Boston SRC
Boston United FC Supporters Trust is a registered Industrial and Provident
Society, company No. IP30051R
round-up August 2006
by Adam Upsall
the League season gets off and running Supporters Trusts up and down the
country are continuing their work, we take a look at a few topics since
last month's round up.
the most famous Supporters Trust owned club, AFC Wimbledon,
were subject to a formal
takeover bid. A prospective sponsor of the club raised his interest
and formally approached the AFC Wimbledon board, which prompted a review
of the offer by the board. This resulted in the board announcing there
was 'little appetite' for the board to recommend to members that control
of the club be lost and given that within the current constitution the
objectives and aims of AFC Wimbledon the club remains a shining example
of what Trusts can acheive, why would they?
the board announced: “Any decisions on such fundamental issues should
be made by the members of The Dons Trust. Majority ownership and control
of AFCW PLC and its subsidiaries will remain firmly in the hands of the
Dons Trust unless and until Dons Trust members decide otherwise.”
Despite the good news for Dons supporters, AFC Wimbledon lost
their hold on the Supporters Direct Cup to FC United of
Manchester at Gigg Lane - home of Bury and FCUM - at the
end of July.
After taking the lead they got pegged back and then beaten 2-1 in
front of a crowd of 2,136.
This was the forth SD Cup, first being played at AFC Wimbledon’s
home ground of Kingsmeadow against Enfield Town, followed by a year
off and then in 2004 AFC faced Brentford who took the cup 2-0 before
shaping up against FCUM in 2005 and 2006.
All smiles before cup
new boys Reading have been maximising revenue, a phrase
to send a shiver down the spine of any supporter, since their new found
status was achieved last season. STAR (Supporters Trust at Reading) announced
their disappointment at the news Reading FC were handing “Reading
107” exclusive broadcast rights for games this season. On the face
of it not a bad thing, get some cash, hear some commentary, but there
is one snag. Reading 107 broadcast range means that a maximum of 227,000
over 15’s will be able to hear the coverage, compare that to BBC
Radio Berkshire, who until this season also broadcast commentary, and
they scoop a huge 771,000.
STAR are concerned that this short term view will not benefit the club
in growing a supporter base to match those of many of their of Premier
A statement on the official
STAR website read: “Effectively this means that free, non-internet,
access to live commentary of Reading's first season in the Premier League
will now be unavailable to over half a million people who live outside
"Reading and the Greater Reading area" - Reading 107's stated
catchment area. This includes the large numbers of Reading supporters
(and, of course, potential Reading supporters!) in towns such as Newbury,
Thatcham, Hungerford, Didcot, Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Bracknell and
on from last month's update, the newly formed Devils Trust at Crawley
Town have had to hit the ground running as the club faced
liquidation just days before the Conference National season began.
The first hurdle has been passed and the original offers deadline of the
2nd August has been suspended.
Unfortunately for the supporters, the process looks let to rumble on for
some time yet as the creditors have to vote on an offer from the previous
owners, the Majeed family, who have been set a deadline of 14 days from
August the 10th. So although hope remains, the very real possibility remains
that Crawley could be liquidated, ejected from the Conference, their results
expunged, and forced to restart next season at least two levels below
their present position.
a final, and much more positive note, the Supporters Trust board at Notts
County have unanimously agreed to purchase
an additional 20.8% of the shareholding which will take them past
the winning post of 50% and therefore gain control of their club for the
first time in their 144 year history.
Usherwood, Trust Chair, commented: “This is not an exercise
in control or power broking. The Club desperately needs a prolonged
period of stability in order to continue to build on the firm foundations
that have been put in place. We see our role as maintaining a 'watching
brief' over the happenings at the Club. The existing directors will
continue to receive our support in running the Club. We will be on
hand to ensure that the excesses of the past will not be repeated.
"Football cannot continue to be run on a mixture of hand-outs,
bail-outs and cop-outs. There is no place for egotists or those who
use football for self-aggrandisement. The majority ownership of the
club will be in the hands of those who provide the basis for its very
existence, the supporters.
intend to promote an open culture where supporters are kept fully informed
of all meaningful issues affecting their Club. Existing avenues of communication
will continue to be improved and additional opportunities will be explored.
After the difficult and depressing times of recent years this is an opportunity
for the world’s oldest football league club to look to better times
with its supporters at its heart."
details of the Notts County situation will be heard at the next BUFCST
Open Meeting scheduled for 4th November where the BUFCST are
hoping to host both Keri and vice-chair Nigel King.
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