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May 27, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS to Stockport County and Exeter City ; two Trust owned football clubs who have respectively gained promotion in season 2007/2008.

Of course, the Sonstrust have links with both Clubs, albeit tenuous ones!

At Exeter, where theirTrust owns the majority shareholding of Exeter City FC, we have our own correspondent (and Sons View contributor) in Simon Barrow, whose musings about fitba’ (and life) can be found on his excellent blog – Only Just Offside – and at Stockport Sandy McGregor (Sonstrust member) is our man!

What an answer to the so-called “football men” who say that supporters lack the business experience, the fundraising potential, the skills or the staying power to run a football club successfully.

In addition to County and Exeter City, AFC Wimbledon won the Ryman Premier Division play-off to go into Blue Square South, whilst FC United of Manchester will play in the Unibond Premier Division next year following their First Division North success.

Commenting on the clubs’ successes, SD Chief Executive Dave Boyle said:

“It’s fantastic to see well-run clubs achieving on the field as well as off it. They have all built their success on sustainable finances and it’s important that clubs getting the sums right off the pitch get
success on it.”

“There’s another way to getting ahead in football than having a debt-funded spending spree which might not get any success at all, but will leave a headache for the club in the future.

“With 40 out of 72 Football League clubs having been insolvent in the last 15 years, supporters’ trust involvement is an important way to get some common sense and longer-term thinking into the game.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2008 2:00 pm

    I’ve also plugged the Sons a couple of times in Exeter’s programme … and I sneaked my Dumbarton scarf into Wembley for their day of triumph, even though the colours were Cambridge’s. 😉 Hopefully it’s the mighty DFC that will be celebrating sometime soon.

    The fact that these are Trust-owned teams *is* significant. Maybe in future, costs notwithstanding, a short pre-season tourney for Trust-backed sides in the lower leagues would be a possibility. Well, one can but dream.

  2. sonsteam permalink*
    May 27, 2008 2:16 pm

    Great idea Simon on the pre-season tourney. In the spirit of the Trust movement, perhaps costs could be shared?

    In general though, great to see success for the clubs in question.

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