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Trust to receive award at Sunday's match
Trust to receive award at Sunday's match

YCST - Trust of the Season

Yorks Supporters Trust is to be awarded the top honour of the national Trust of the Season at the Clubs next home match. The presentation will be made to Yorks Trust by representatives of Supporters Direct and the Co-operative Bank at the Bootham Crescent match on Sunday 25th January.

The Trust has scooped the top award for its achievements in 2003, a year in which the Trust battled and succeeded to save the Club from the brink of extinction, and now owns and runs its own Football Club. 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:

We're very proud that the efforts and achievements of York Citys supporters over the past couple of years have been recognised by this Award. And we're very grateful for the support weve received along the way from Supporters Direct and football fans across the country.

We hope that the Trust-owned community club we're building at York can help lead the way for supporters' trusts to play a larger role at more and more clubs in this country.

Whilst our Trust has achieved much already, the hard work continues to preserve professional football in York.

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 Clubs new board of directors have also had to deal with the threat by the Clubs landlords to oust the Club from its Bootham Crescent home at the end of the current season. This 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 those individuals have been 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.

York is one of only five clubs to be majority owned by a Supporters Trust. The others being Chesterfield, Lincoln, Exeter and AFC Wimbledon.

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 from the Club Shop 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

For more information about Supporters Direct, visit their website on

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