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Building a Stronger City

The Steering Committee of the York City Supporters' Trust has now been formed. The Trust will be officially launched tomorrow at a public meeting in York. The Steering Committee promises a better future for the Club.

The initial group of thirteen individuals - boasting a collective 350 years of supporting York City - has this week been nominated to represent the Trust in its battle to ensure the continuation of professional football in York and to secure representation for supporters in the future ownership and operation of York City Football Club.

The Steering Committee has evolved from the volunteers on the Save City Committee who have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to save the Club they all love. They will carry forward the work of the Trust through the key period until the first AGM expected to be in May 2002. At the AGM in May, any member of the Trust can be nominated for the Committee and democratic elections will be held.

Speaking on behalf of the Trust, Sophie McGill stated
"We are confident that we have assembled a group of individuals who will effectively represent York City supporters and through them the Trust will play a pivotal role in ensuring the future of professional football in York."

The names and experience of the group will be presented at the official launch of the York City Supporters' Trust at The Barbican on Friday 1 February (kick off 7:30pm). These details are also included below.

At the same time McGill was keen to thank everyone who has helped in the Save City Campaign so far.
"The passion and commitment of people to save York City has been astounding. Not just those who have worked on the Save City Committee, but supporters and businesses throughout the area and beyond."

Businessman and City fan Graham Ibbetson, who has Chaired the Business Team within the Save City Committee, explained the Trust's strategy to negotiate a deal before the end of March (Note: 31 March 2002 is the deadline set by Douglas Craig when he will resign the Club from the Football League, following which he will complete a deal on the sale of Bootham Crescent largely for the benefit of the shareholders rather than the Football Club):
"We have been in negotiations with key parties over the past few weeks regarding the future of the Club and Bootham Crescent. The future of the Club is likely to go down one of two routes and in both cases the Trust is key. The first of these involves us partnering a 'football friendly' investor to buy the Club and the ground. The second of these involves the ownership and operation of the Club being separated from the ownership of Bootham Crescent. In both cases, it looks increasingly likely that the Club's long term future may be at a new ground within the City, providing a sustainable basis for the Club."

People intending to attend the launch are reminded that entrance is free (on a first come, first in basis). Doors open at 6:45 pm for a 7:30 pm start. The Barbican, provided free of charge by City of York Council, holds approximately 1,500 people.

Those attending the event on Friday will be able to sign up as Trust members on the night - annual membership of 10 for adults, 5 for juniors and 100 for life. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to invest more than the minimum fees so as to help the Trust achieve its aims.

Membership application forms will also be available the following day at City's match against Lincoln. The game has been designated as a Fans United Day, whereby all football supporters are encouraged to attend and celebrate how football fans can set aside their rivalry and unite for the good of the game. Fans are meeting outside York Minster at 1:30 pm.

The Evening Press will include the membership form in the paper on Saturday 2 February. In addition, fans can find details of how to join as a member at the Trust's official website on or

The launch will be hosted by ITV commentator and City fan Jon Champion. A host of top City stars from the past few decades will be appearing at the event. In addition, York born Middlesbrough manager, Steve McClaren, will speak at the event in support of the newly formed Trust. The Club's infamous mascot - Yorkie the Lion - will also be entertaining the crowd.

The evening promises to be a mixture of business and entertainment that will spark further energy into the fight to save City as the Trust outlines its strategic plan.


STEVE BECK - Partner in accountancy practice

PETE BRANDON - Director of media development/PR company

MIKE BROWN - Managing director of marketing strategies firm

STAN COLLINS - Power station shift manager; representative of York City Supporters' Club executive

TERRY HERBERT - Wine merchant/importer; former book-keeper to York City

IAN HEY - Principal Manager, Secured Recoveries Department, Yorkshire Bank

KIRSTEN GILLIES - E-commerce department at Norwich Union Life

GRAHAM IBBETSON - Managing Director of a marketing and communications company

SIMON MALLETT - Local barrister; former Parliamentary candidate for the City of York

SOPHIE McGILL - Sales/marketing executive for family business J M Packaging; former public relations officer of York City

PAUL RAWNSLEY - Sports business consultant with Deloitte & Touche Sport

MICHAEL SHANNON - Local York solicitor

RICHARD SNOWBALL - Former company director (semi-retired)

RICHARD WILLIS - (Company Secretary) Business Excellence Manager and strategic planner with Derbyshire Building Society

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