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Trust News (April - part I)

Selection of Trust news items

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR TRUST MEETING ON FRIDAY

As announced last week, the Supporters Trust will be holding a fans meeting on Friday 25th April (7:30pm) at The Tempest Anderson Hall in York. The event will primarily focus on the events of recent months that culminated in the Trusts rescue package saving York City from extinction.

Tickets for the event continue to be on sale from the Club Shop. Tickets are available to any City fans for a nominal charge of 2 per ticket (to help cover costs and control numbers).

There are still plenty of tickets remaining and, whilst supporters are encouraged to purchase a ticket before Friday, entrance to the event will be available on the evening whilst seats remain available. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start and the event is expected to last up to a couple of hours.

The presentation will summarise some of the events of recent months including:

- How the Trusts rescue package was formulated and funded;
- Dealings with various parties to complete the deal;
- The relationship between the Trust and the company (York City Football Club Limited) that is now running the Club; and
- The necessary solution to the ground issue to save the Club from extinction.
- Those attending will also have the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the rescue package that has been put in place.

For the avoidance of doubt, the meeting is being organised by the Supporters Trust to deal with Trust matters. It is not an event by York City Football Club Limited, which is the company owned by the Trust, whose football club operations are overseen by a separate Board of Directors. York City Football Club will be holding an open event for supporters in July 2003. The Trusts AGM, Fans Forum and elections are expected to be held in the last quarter of 2003.

The Tempest Anderson Hall, located in the grounds of the Castle Museum hosted the historic inaugural public meeting in January 2002 that provided a mandate for the formation of a Supporters Trust in York. Fifteen months later, through the Supporters Trust, the fans of York City actually rescued the Club from the brink of extinction.



APPOINTMENT TO TRUST BOARD

The Trust Board have co-opted fellow City fan Peter Rookes to join the Board. 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.



TRANSFER OF LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP A BRIEF STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF YORK CITY FOOTBALL CLUB LIMITED

The Board of York City Football Club has this afternoon (23rd April) been informed that at a meeting of the Board of The Football League on 22nd April 2003, the conditional 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 will be just one of many areas to be covered at the Trusts meeting for supporters on Friday 25th April (tickets available at 2 each from the Club Shop and on the night).

 
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