Supporters demanding bigger say in new club
Annabelle Dickson Blue and Gold Trust chairman Neil Timms revealed yesterday the supporters' body is already in talks with both council and Ridgeons League officials to help launch a new club.
Blue and Gold Trust chairman Neil Timms revealed yesterday the supporters' body is already in talks with both council and Ridgeons League officials to help launch a new club.
Timms confirmed the Trust is in the process of drafting a business plan following council discussions following Lynn's High Court winding up on Wednesday.
"What we don't want to happen is one person coming along and putting huge amounts of investment into a project and then walking away," he said. "Whilst that may be good for short-term gain, as King's Lynn and other clubs show - it doesn't work. If it has to be run very frugally for a number of seasons, then the club has to play in a league it can afford to play in.
"Teams can run in the Ridgeons Premier League reasonably cost effectively. It doesn't take massive amounts of investment. Speaking to the council that also seems to be a widely held view now."
Timms insisted supporters must play a key role in the newly-reformed club.
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"Whether it is run by the Blue and Gold Trust or someone else, there has to be a much higher level of involvement by the fans," he said. "Football clubs seem to be the only businesses that do not seem to take into account the wishes of their customers.
"It's about time that they realise supporters are their customers and are probably the most loyal of customers a business will ever get. We mustn't allow this to happen again. We've had two administrations and a wind-up in 15 years. We must make sure the next 15 years are not the same."
Timms is looking to secure the new club's future at the council-owned Walks stadium.
"In the very first instance we would need somewhere to play," he said. "That's where we would look to the council. Then we would need a league to play in. We would need to form a club and give it a name.
"The members would vote for it and then we would register that club with the FA and to the league and then look to the trust to appoint a manager who would then get players.
"We've had very, very early exploratory talks with the Ridgeons Premier and in principle they wouldn't have a problem with a team playing in the league.
"We've made a start on the business plan and are waiting for the council to come back with some more involved costings with regards to the ground. The ground will be one of our biggest costs."
Timms confirmed the Blue and Gold Trust is prepared to meet any potential investors.
"We've got a meeting planned with David Handley and we are waiting for him to come back and confirm when would be good for him," he said. "I will try and make contact with Buster (Chapman) in the next 24 hours. Whether it is the Blue and Gold Trust that run the football club or whether it is someone else, there needs to be supporter involvement at a greater level."