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Trust News (April - part II)
Trust News (April - part II)

Taken from match programme of final home league game

(Taken from Matchday programme)

Welcome to the final home League game of what has been a remarkable season so far. Please continue to give the team your positive support to (hopefully) cheer them on to promotion success.

In many respects it is simply a relief to still have a Club and a team to cheer on. As is now known, we came very close to losing our football club part way through the current season. The positive support of all City fans will need to be maintained going forward if the new Club is to survive and prosper, so please keep coming and encourage others along to Bootham Crescent to support their community football club.

In relation to the operations of the Trust, the Trust Board have co-opted fellow City fan Peter Rookes. Peter has been very heavily involved in the Trusts work since around October 2002 and has made a significant contribution towards the Trusts ultimately successful rescue package, in particular in relation to financial matters.

The Board now comprises twelve members, being Richard Snowball (Chairman), Michael Shannon, Steve Beck, Sophie McGill, Terry Herbert (Treasurer), Paul Rawnsley, Peter Rookes, Mike Brown, Kirsten Gillies, Graham Kilby, John Catton and Ian Hey. Stan Collins continues as Trust Secretary.

A number of Trust Board positions will be up for election ahead of the next AGM. Any Trust member will have the opportunity to stand for election and, if elected, to help carry forward the work of York City Supporters Trust. The next AGM has to be held within six months of the Trust financial year end (that is now 30 June 2003) and is expected to be in the last quarter of the year.

On Wednesday this week, the Club and the Trust were informed that at a meeting of the Board of The Football League on 22nd April 2003, the transfer of League Membership to York City Football Club Limited was approved. York City Football Club Limited is the Trusts company that acquired the business and assets of the old company i.e. York City Association Football & Athletic Club plc (In Administration). For any club to play in the League, it is necessary for it to have the agreement of both the League and The Football Association.

The transfer of League membership is conditional on compliance with several conditions, the majority of which are relatively standard matters in relation to a new company that has acquired the business and assets of an old company/football club. Certain conditions attaching to the transfer of membership relate to the relocation of the Club to a redeveloped stadium at the Monks Cross site in time for the start of the 2004/05 season. Security of tenure in relation to a home ground is a fundamental requirement for The Football League and was one of the driving forces behind the ground solution brokered by Trust representatives last month.

Meetings and communication with The Football League has been on-going for several weeks. Since the Trusts rescue package was completed on 28th March, representatives of both the Trust and the Club have continued to work to ensure the transfer of League membership was secured. Between the 28th March and 23rd April, transitional arrangements had been in place between the new company, the old company and the Administrator.

Now that the new company will formally hold membership of the League, certain monies that had been withheld by the League can now be released to the Club and certain football debts that had been owing can now be settled.

The complexities and issues relating to the transfer of League membership was to be just one of many areas to be covered at the Trusts meeting for supporters on Friday 25th April.

Please continue to support the Club and the Trust for the benefit of professional football in York.

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