Fansí Cash Not To Be Ignored In Bids To Buy Clubs
Tue 25th Jun 2013 | Clubs Ownership
Supporters Direct Scotland is urging the Administrator of Hearts and Dunfermline Athletic to take the millions of pounds already raised by supporters into consideration when considering offers to buy their clubs.
Paul Goodwin, Head of Supporters Direct Scotland said: “Hearts and Dunfermline fans have already made massive financial contributions to saving their clubs yet, at the moment, when it comes to any final deal to bring these clubs out of administration, they will be ignored.
“At Hearts the fans contributed over £1million through a share issue in December and are now in the process of digging deep once again to bring in over £800,000 from season ticket sales. That is a staggering £1.8m spent just to save the club in just over 6 months.
“At Dunfermline it was touch and go whether liquidation could be avoided yet the fans rallied to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to ensure the club continued trading, agreed to underwrite the administrators fees and gave them £100k in terms of working cash to get through to the end of last season.
“Yet, as it stands, another bidder could come into either or both clubs without having contributed a penny to saving them and in turn have an immediate competitive advantage given the amount of money that both sets of fans have already spent.
“We believe it is essential that in any final deal for either of these clubs BDO, the administrator for both clubs, account for these vital financial and emotional contributions by both sets of fans when assessing prospective bids.
“It would be easy to see past the efforts of Pars United and the Foundation of Hearts and just accept the highest bid while ignoring the huge sums already put into the club to keep them alive. Fans bring with them more than just instant money, they bring credibility and proof that if you want a sustainable football club you need to have the fans with you.”
Supporters Direct Scotland has been working with both Pars United and the Foundation of Hearts, supporting and advising them on community and fan ownership.
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