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Trust Working to Save City

Trust working 'behind the scenes' to Save City

As the deadline to save York City Football Club approaches, representatives of the Supporters Trust continue to work behind the scenes to help engineer a solution.

Trust Chairman Richard Snowball commented:

The future of our citys football club may end in a few weeks time unless someone provides a solution. The Supporters Trust is working to help provide a football club for the future generations of York to be proud of, but we cannot do that alone.

The reality of the situation is that unless someone steps forward within the next few weeks with significant amounts of money to put into the Club, York City Football Club could lose its Football League status and could disappear altogether. If that unpalatable scenario happens, it would be left to the Supporters Trust to pick-up-the-pieces.

During the past couple of months, representatives from the Supporters Trust have been involved in numerous meetings and discussions with various parties who could yet play a key role in helping North Yorkshires only professional Football League club to survive. This has included:

- City of York Council;
- Directors of Bootham Crescent Holdings, the former owner of the Club and the company that continues to have a significant influence on its operations;
- Supporter groups;
- Property developers;
- Planning and legal specialists;
- The Clubs Administrators;
- Local MPs;
- Local businesses; and
- Potential investors.


Snowball added:
Whilst we have had some positive discussions with some of the parties, there is no absolute guarantee that a solution will be found in time to save the Club. We urge all those people who want to help maintain the Club as an asset for the City to act now to do all they can.

Since its birth less than one year ago, the Supporters Trust has continued to stress the importance of the Club to the local community and to the status of the City of York. The Trust has consistently pressed to help develop a club that:

- embraces its relationships with the supporters;
- is the at the heart of the community;
- works together with schools and the Council;
- provides leadership on issues like racism and drug abuse; and
- benefits, and benefits from, local business.


Snowball added:
Unfortunately, the way in which the Clubs directors have spent money in recent years has led to the current crisis. Going forward, York can have a sustainable Football League club if its finances are managed properly and it spends within its means.

Anyone wishing to provide financial support to the Trust by way of a pledge or immediate cash donation is encouraged to do so. Details can be obtained via the Trusts web-site (www.ycst.org.uk) or by contacting the Trust c/o Bootham Crescent, York.

 
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