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Trust Means Business

Discussions to secure the future of York City are at a "key stage" according to York City Supporters' Trust

Throughout the past week, Trust representatives have been in discussions with key parties as they formulate their plan to save the Club and provide representation for supporters' in its future ownership and operation.

Graham Ibbetson, Chairman of the Trust, explained:

"On behalf of the supporters and community of York, we have an obligation to fulfil our objectives in a proper manner. As with any business, investment strategies are not formulated and agreed overnight. We will do our very best to ensure that the best interests of York City Football Club, the fans and the community are served."

Launched successfully just two weeks ago, and having clearly established its credibility, the Trust has played an increasingly pivotal role within the negotiations to save the Club. Trust representatives will hold a number of further meetings and discussions over the next few days with the Council, John Batchelor, Russell Greenfield and John Stabler, other potential investors and the Board of Bootham Crescent Holdings.

Ibbetson added:

"All parties have been very accommodating to us over the past few weeks and we thank them for that. It is vital that everyone continues to be positive about the future of professional football in York so that we can deliver a brighter future for the City."

Once the Trust has received sufficient assurances from key parties and the board of BCH has clarified various matters, they will progress to the next stage in the process of changing the ownership of the Club.

In terms of the future of Bootham Crescent and how proceeds from its sale will in effect be lost from the Football Club, Trust representatives remain disappointed about the proposals of the directors issued back on 9 January. However, the Trust has had to deal with the reality of the situation and get on with the business of securing the future of professional football in York.

In general, supporters are still very angry about the proposals of Douglas Craig and his fellow directors. Next week a group of London based City fans are presenting a petition to The Football Association calling on the guardians of the English game to investigate a potential breach of their rules by the directors of the Club.

Meanwhile, whilst membership numbers continue to grow strongly, the Trust is calling on more people to join. Trust spokesperson Sophie McGill appealed: "We want and need more Trust members. Not just City regulars, but anyone who cares about professional sport in York, the community and City of York. Your support is crucial at this key time and over the next few months."

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