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Trust News in Match Programme (v Wrexham)

Trust call for supporters to help protect future of BC and YCFC

Extract from Club Match Programme (v Wrexham 26/10/02)

SUPPORTERS TRUST NEWS
Building Trust between Community and Club

You may have seen from our recent newsletters and press releases that the Supporters Trust has written to the Council to object to the proposed housing development on Bootham Crescent. Over the past few weeks, representatives of the Trust have ploughed a significant amount of time into the issues surrounding the Clubs home.

The Trust has done this because this is a crucial issue for the future of York City Football Club. If the planning application for Bootham Crescent is granted by the Council it will put Persimmon and Bootham Crescent Holdings in a strong position to pursue their stated intent of turning the site over to housing. It will be principally up to them, as the sites developers and owners, to decide when to do this. If they decide to do so before the new stadium John Batchelor has spoken of is a reality, then the future of professional League football in the City will again be in doubt. If the Club is kicked out before a better stadium is in place, we risk losing a leisure and community facility of regional importance.

The Trust believes that there are strong grounds for the Council to refuse this application. The Trust will continue to represent City fans and put our case, but it is also important that, if you feel strongly about the future of York City, you let York Council know your views on the application. City fans need to leave the Council in no doubt that Bootham Crescent and the future of York City Football Club is an important issue and that assuring its future is vital for the sporting, leisure and community life of the City. Everyone who tells the Council this will help strengthen that message.

You can do this by writing to the Council (9 St Leonards Place, York). Your letter can say anything you think is important about the proposed development. We urge the people of York to write to the Council to support the continuance of football at Bootham Crescent until a better stadium is in place.

Bootham Crescent has been the home of York City for over 70 years. In 1999 the ownership of the site was transferred from the Club to BCH at a value far less than the market value now being suggested for the freehold. This restructuring circumvented certain FA rules that are supposed to protect football grounds as community assets. This restructuring provided the basis for the directors of BCH to carry out their plans to profit from the sale of Bootham Crescent at the expense of the Club, its supporters and the community. The actions of the directors have been widely condemned and continue to be investigated by the Independent Football Commission.

Further information about the Bootham Crescent issue is available via our website www.ycst.org.uk or please get in touch via enquiries@ycst.org.uk or the mailing address c/o Bootham Crescent.

The fans and the people of York are the moral owners of Bootham Crescent. You need to act now to help secure the future of the Club in the city. Meanwhile, the Supporters Trust will continue to work positively, with all parties, to ensure that the Club continues to have a decent home in the city for the benefit of the whole community.


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