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News from other trusts

Extract from Trust News in match programme on 20th September 2005

The latest Supporters Direct quarterly magazine was recently published.  Here are a few snippets relating to the organisation itself and some of the 130 trusts from around the UK.


  • Some changes at the top.  Andy Burnham MP has stepped down as Chair of SD following his promotion to Minister of State at the Home Office.  Brian Lomax, the founding father of the supporters trust movement, returns to SD as Chair.  Some people will remember that Brian spoke passionately at the inaugural meeting of City supporters at the TAH in early January 2002.  Meanwhile, Phil French has recently been appointed as SD CEO.  Previously, Phil had a rather different job as a policy director at the FA Premier League.

  • The SD National Conference will take place at the end of September.  As usual, York City will be represented.

  • Darlingtons Trust reports that theyre waiting and watching what happens.  Last year, the Sterling Consortium took ownership of the Club after George Reynolds, albeit announced they were not in it for the long term.  So whilst things have improved, some uncertainty remains about the clubs future.

  • Some concerns have been expressed by the trust at Huddersfield Town, following revelations that the ownership of the stadium has changed and is held by a holding company, rather than the football club itself having an ownership stake.

  • Several trust backed clubs are working to help turn their stadia into more of a community facility, such as working with Primary Care Health Trusts, LEAs and local schools and colleges.

  • The trust at Rushden & Diamonds took over the running of the club this summer, as did the fans of Stockport County.

  • The trust at Stockport has launched a Bond Scheme, to try and raise a contingency fund of 325,000.  The aim is to create a fund of money that could be loaned by the trust to the club, if a case of need arises.  Its reported that over 150,000 has been raised so far from the Bond Scheme. The trusts general fundraising continues in parallel with the bond scheme. 

  • The trust at Bury has been going through some difficult times.  They no longer have a supporter director on the Club Board and there is a very difficult relationship between trust and club.

  • Various trusts will again be hoping to help make a success of this years Kick It Out week (13th to 25th October).  Last year, over 600 events took place around the country.

  • The two clubs known to have borrowed significant amounts from the Panamanian ABC Corporation, Derby County and QPR, have both revealed high levels of annual interest during the last year.  Rangers accounts reveal a total of 1.2m in interest payments to service the 10m loan secured on Loftus Road.  As for the Rams, they paid 3.13m of interest in 2003/04, much of it to ABC.

  • Lincoln City have launched a five year plan (Goal2010); the goal to see the club equipped for Championship football by 2010.  One of the most influential figures of the trust movement, Rob Bradley, recently stepped down as the Clubs Chairman.  Robs role as the trusts representative on the Club Board has been taken on by Trust Chairman David Beck.

  • FC United of Manchester has been created whereby the Club itself is an Industrial & Provident Society (which is the same legal type as YCST), rather than having a separate Trust and Club.  This provides a different governance structure to that developed at all of the other trust owned clubs like York.

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