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Anniversary of Fans' Rescue of City
Anniversary of Fans' Rescue of City

Events of a year ago...City Saved

One year ago the Trusts Rescue Package to save York City was completed. The deal was completed at precisely 1pm on Friday 28th March 2003 whereby the Trusts new company, York City Football Club Limited, acquired the football club business.

Reflecting back to events of a year ago, Trust Board member and now Club Chairman, Steve Beck said:
The historic event was the culmination of much hard work by many City supporters and provided the opportunity for the new Club Board to work towards a long term future for the Club in its community.

Beck added:
We had to overcome many obstacles and, looking forward, the Club continues to face many challenges. However, with unity and commitment we can build a stronger future for Our Club.

The Trust had first submitted a Rescue Package in early February 2003. In the weeks that followed there was much activity, and many twists and turns, as those leading the Trusts work battled to overcome numerous issues. At the time, York City not only faced losing its Football League status and its historic home, but was on the brink of extinction altogether. However, the fans raised an amazing 1/2 million to enable the Club to live to fight another day. The story of how the fans saved the Club is contained in the Trusts publication York Cityat the heart of the community (copies available from the Club Shop).

York City is now one of only a small handful of professional clubs under the majority ownership and control of a Supporters Trust and is at the forefront of developments in this area. In this respect, York City has a unique status amongst British clubs.

Paul Rawnsley led the formulation and completion of the Trusts Rescue Package during the first quarter of 2003. Looking back Rawnsley said:
There are many memories from the time, but in particular I recall the moment we gave the go-ahead for the exchange of the final agreements at 1pm that Friday. Then the euphoria of the following day at Bootham Crescent with our Club under the ownership of the Trust.

When you consider the magnitude of the achievements of a year ago, it should help focus everyones commitment to the future for York City. Going forward, the Club needs to develop greater support from local people and businesses.

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