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For the benefit of the City

Trust backs Club Board in fight to ensure City keeps its home in the City

The Supporters Trust is backing the Clubs Board of Directors in their fight to ensure that the Football Club continues to have a decent home in the city.

Following last nights Emergency meeting between the Trust Board and the Club Board, Trust Chairman Richard Snowball commented:

The Trust Board remains fully supportive of the professional way in which the Club Board have progressed matters in relation to the redevelopment of the Monks Cross Stadium site. We hope that City of York Council can match some of its previous supportive words with positive actions to help ensure the continuation of the City and Countys only Football League Club.

Snowball added:

If the communitys football club is to survive beyond the 2003/04 season, we need the key parties to work positively to ensure the Club continues to have a decent and proper home stadium. All parties need to work together for the benefit of the City.

At last nights meeting, Club representatives provided a further update on recent developments following this weeks comments by Council Leader Steve Galloway. The suggestion by Council representatives that City could play at Huntington Stadium with the running track retained and temporary stands erected is absolutely opposed by the Trust Board and City supporters in general. The Councils so-called plan provides no costings, timescales or funding suggestions. It is an illogical and unworkable suggestion by the Council.

In contrast, since the Trusts rescue package was completed in March, the Club has engaged professional advisers with a track-record in stadium developments to prepare detailed plans for the site that include full costings, architectural plans and a development timetable. This works towards the development of a decent stadium for York City and the Rugby Club within a 3 million budget.

The Supporters Trust and the Club remain supportive of maintaining athletics facilities in York. However, it is not possible for the running track to be retained at the Huntington site. Given that the Council has failed to stand by its promises in March 2003 to sort the re-location of the running track, in recent weeks the Club has been working to get a solution and positive progress has been made on this front.

In March 2003, York City Supporters Trust completed a rescue package to ensure the continuation of professional football in the City of York. Whilst many people had suggested that the Club was a lost cause and beyond salvation, the Supporters Trust battled to ensure that the community of York continued to have a football club to support and that the City could benefit from that.

500,000 was raised to Save City. The Councils promises of a lease for the Club at the re-developed Monks Cross Stadium site, without a running track, was an essential factor in the Supporters Trust being able to progress its rescue package and commit the supporters money towards providing a future for the Club.

The continuation of professional football in York will depend on the new Club generating sufficient income to cover its operating costs and that a decent and proper home stadium continues to be available. Enormous progress has already been made by the Club Board to restructure the cost base of the Club and generate additional income for the 2003/04 season, working towards maintaining York City as a financially viable football club.

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