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Six new volunteers for Trust Board

Supporting City

From the York Evening Press

Fromer Conservative election candidate Simon Mallett and ex-Football League linesman Graham Bradbury are among the six new appointments to York City's Supporters' Trust board.

City vice-president Malcolm Slinger, York Minstermen fundraiser Matthew Flint, Pocklington Minstermen chairman David Brewis and Ardent financial services senior partner Michael Oglesby have also joined the board after a spate of recent resignations led to the vacancies.

All six men will now serve on the board until the Trust's next annual general meeting when they will be required to stand for re-election if they want to continue in their roles.

Barrister Mallett was involved with the formation of the Trust in 2002 and has been a board member in the past.

He is also a vice-president at KitKat Crescent and an FA-qualified football coach.

About his decision to sit on the Trust board, Mallett said: "I'd like to make sure that the interests of genuine supporters are properly looked after and I want to see a financially viable, successful club, preferably supporter-owned."

Bradbury has been a City fan since 1962 and ran the line in Football League matches for eight seasons, as well as refereeing Conference games.

He was also used by City managers Denis Smith, John Bird, John Ward and Alan Little to officiate pre-season friendlies and organised the testimonials of players Derek Hood, Tony Canham, Steve Tutill, Andy MacMillan and Wayne Hall.

More recently, Bradbury has arranged the Legends Match, which brought together the Wembley 1993 and 1984-85 City Championship sides, and a number of sporting dinners, including the hugely successful Happy Wanderers' 50th anniversary dinner.

He also now looks after match officials and hospitality guests at home matches and is the chairman of the York City Referees' Academy.

Flint has supported the Minstermen for five years and has assisted with the last two Trust board elections, as well as last year's fans' survey.

About his decision to join the board, he said:

"I believe we need a strong Trust - one which aims to keep a significant shareholding in the club. I am keen to become a member of the Trust board to make sure that, after the recent rush of resignations, my own views are properly represented."

Oglesby made a 5,000 donation to the Minstermen in January to launch a Push for Promotion appeal, aimed at providing manager Billy McEwan with funds to spend in the transfer market.

He lives in Stillington and is a life-long City fan, following a family tradition.

Oglesby said: "I was involved with the Save City campaign and I'm now a club sponsor. I want to get involved to help improve our football club and make sure the fans have a voice."

Brewis works in marketing and sales at board level and has followed City since moving to the area in 1979.

He has worked as a Football League consultant and with a number of Premiership and Football League clubs. Brewis also wrote the questionnaire and analysed the data for the Trust survey last year.

Slinger, 51, was a boyhood City fan and first became a season-ticket holder in 1975.

He and his wife have been vice-presidents at the club for the past two years and he is a residential property landlord.

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