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McClaren to speak at Trust launch

Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren has pledged his support to the Save York City Campaign by announcing his intention to attend Friday's official launch of the York City Supporters Trust at the York Barbican.

The Premiership manager and ex-Manchester United number two spent his childhood growing up in York and was a pupil at Nunthorpe Grammar School as well as playing schoolboy football in the city.

McClaren said, "I have no hesitation in supporting the Supporters Trust in their efforts to create a future for York City. I have fond memories of my childhood years in York and, indeed, my parents still live there. I lived there until I left home to join Hull City as a teenager so the city will always be close to my heart."

McClaren added, "I fully endorse the efforts of the Supporters Trust as I believe lower division clubs like York City remain the lifeblood of the game. I myself played in the lower divisions with hull, Bristol City and Oxford so I know such clubs play a big part in the game."

McClaren, who will be speaking at Friday's Launch, finally added, "I wish the Trust the very best of luck and would urge all who can to support them in their efforts to give the people of York a professional football club they can be proud of for many years to come."

Steve McClaren's invitation to attend Friday's launch event came from Save City Working Party member Kirsten Gillies, who, along with others in the group, has been busy organising the Launch.

The delighted Kirsten said, "We are thrilled Steve McClaren is showing his support for the campaign and taking time out of his busy schedule to attend the Trust's Launch event.

"I decided to approach Steve because of his connections with York and couldn't believe it when I received a telephone call from Middlesbrough yesterday to confirm his attendance.

"This is a fantastic boost for the Trust and will really help to raise the profile of the event and our campaign to save the club we all love."

Further support for the campaign came from Middlesbrough Football Club yesterday when ex-City star Jonathan Greening also commented on the efforts of the Trust.

Greening said, "I started my career at York, before joining Manchester United, so it would be a terrible day if the club folded. As a former player with special memories of York, I totally endorse all the Supporters Trust are trying to achieve."

The official launch of the York City Supporters Trust will take place on Friday 1 February at the York Barbican. Doors will be open at 7.00pm and the event itself will commence at 7.30pm.

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