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From the Trust AGM - Paul Rawnsley steps down
From the Trust AGM - Paul Rawnsley steps down

Saving City

From the Evening Press (3 Feb 2007)

Take a bow, Paul

Wednesday's Trust meeting also saw a resolution passed to abolish the rule that states a minimum of eight elected members must serve on the Trust board.

Current board member Peter Rookes, meanwhile, reported a 5,000 surplus over the financial year compared to a deficit of 10,000 in the last set of accounts.

Trust chairman Steve Beck and former temporary board appointment Graham Bradbury also paid considerable tributes to Paul Rawnsley, who decided not to re-apply for election this year after being a founder board member.

Beck said: "I first met Paul at what was then the Evening Press offices in December 2001 to start with others the Save City' campaign.

"His work behind the scenes has been vital, he has always worked tirelessly for the cause.

"I'm eternally grateful for Paul's work on various projects throughout his time on the Trust board. It has been exemplary right up to his recent work on the completion of the transfer of ownership to JM Packaging voted for by members last June.

"I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside Paul over the last five years and know that without the work of Paul Rawnsley none of us would be sat here tonight.

"Put quite simply there would not be a York City Football Club."

Former Football League linesman Bradbury echoed those sentiments, saying: "Paul's hard work and dedication to the club has been phenomenal over the last five years and he will be sorely missed.

"I don't think people sometimes understand how close the club were to extinction. We were literally minutes away from folding and Paul's work at the time helped tremendously in saving this club.

"He was also a key player in keeping us at Bootham Crescent and I'm sure we would be standing here among 93 houses on Walwyn Way and Canham Court if it wasn't for him."

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