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TRUST OF THE SEASON 2003
TRUST OF THE SEASON 2003

City's Trust gains top award

TRUST OF THE SEASON 2003

Yorks Supporters Trust has won top honours in the national Trust of the Season awards for 2003.

At last years annual awards, Citys Trust was a specially commended runner-up. In 2003, a year in which the Trust battled and succeeded to save the Club from the brink of extinction, the Trust has gone one better and scooped the top award. City fans can now proudly proclaim their Trust as the 2003 Supporters Direct and Co-operative Bank Trust of the Season Winners.

Trust Chairman Richard Snowball welcomed the Trusts latest accolade:
The efforts and achievements of York Citys supporters over the past couple of years have once again been recognised.

Snowball added, Whilst we should all be proud of what has been achieved so far, the hard work continues to preserve professional football in York. It is a great shame that the threat to kick us out of Bootham Crescent threatens all the good work that has been done so far.

In March 2003 the Supporters Trust completed a Rescue Package to save York City from the brink of extinction. Many people had thought the club was beyond salvation. Under the ownership of the Trust, the new York City is now implementing its Community Vision.

However, the threat by the Clubs landlords to oust the Club from its Bootham Crescent home at the end of the current season threatens the Community Vision and the future survival of a League football in York. The ownership of Bootham Crescent was stripped out of the Club in 1999 by the Clubs former directors, and they are now seeking to profit themselves by selling the asset to property developers to build a housing estate on the site.

The judges included representatives from Supporters Direct, the PFA, the Football Supporters Federation and The Football League and their decision was unanimous following the tremendous successes of Citys Trust after all the enormous pressures faced. Exeters Trust, who now also own their football club, was the runner-up and Watford came in a close third.

Dave Boyle, Acting Manager of Supporters Direct, acclaimed Citys Trust:
I know how hard everyone involved with Yorks Trust has worked over the past couple of years to preserve football in York and it is right that those efforts are publicly acknowledged. York City was saved by the only people who cared for it as a community institution and not a potential money-spinner.

Boyle added: The work of Yorks Trust is a shining inspiration to fans at other clubs.

The supporters trust movement there are now over 100 supporters trusts in the UK is starting to play a major role in the changing landscape of British football and, to some extent, a wider domain. Some commentators suggest that, with just a small nudge from the centre, football has become the countrys most fertile ground for the advancement of mutual ownership. Political interest is building in the concept of mutual ownership as a route for the renewal of civic institutions and society itself.

Citys Trust will collect 700 prize money and will also hold a commemorative bowl for 12 months. This will be passed to York from AFC Wimbledon, last years overall winners.

The work and role of Citys Trust is set out in the recent publication York Cityat the heart of the community. The booklet has been distributed to all of the Trusts 2,000 members, aswell as many bodies and figures in the local community and the national football community. Copies are available to purchase at 3 per copy.

For more information about all things York City, other than the 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon, please visit the Trusts website at www.ycst.org.uk

For more information about Supporters Direct, visit their website on www.supporters-direct.org.uk

The news of Citys award coincides with the Trusts AGM, to be held on 17th December at the Grand Opera House in York. Doors open from 7pm (for a 7:30pm start). Members are kindly requested to bring along their membership card if possible. The Trusts AGM will be followed by a Fans Forum with the Clubs new Board of Directors and Player Manager Chris Brass.

 
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