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Daggers change of ownership: should we...

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Getting going when the going gets tough, only somehow taking a shedload of money with you.

 

 

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     On This Day


In 1993,The Daggers lost 0-1 to Altrincham Away in the GM Vauxhall Conference 


In 1999,The Daggers beat Walton & Hersham 1-0  Away in the Ryman League Premier 


In 2001,The Daggers beat Yeovil Town 3-1  Away in the Nationwide Conference 


In 2007,The Daggers beat Kidderminster Harriers 4-1  Away in the Nationwide Conference 


In 2010,The Daggers lost 1-3 to Rochdale Away in the Coca Cola League Two 


In 2016,The Daggers lost 2-3 to Mansfield Town Away in the Sky Bet League Two 


 

 


Daggers

Members Meeting, 22nd August
by Hardy on 25/08/2016

In the absence of any news or official comment as yet following Monday night's informal Full and Life Members meeting, here is the news we do have.

Members Meeting, 22nd August

In the absence of any news or official comment as yet following Monday night's informal Full and Life Members meeting, called by the club as an opportunity to hear from Glenn Tamplin, here is the news we do have.

Between 40 and 60 Daggers fans were outside the clubhouse (depending on which side you talk to) to make their voices heard against the proposed take over. The protest was peaceful but loud, and was most certainly heard by those inside.

Mr Tamplin turned up this time, having previously bailed out of a similar opportunity scheduled for July 6th, citing personal abuse of him and his family on social media. This time he made sure he would be safe from the mob though by being accompanied by a bodyguard who stayed with his car.

I trust he felt no threat from this lot!

So what was the discussion?

From several sources that were at the meeting DiggerDagger has gathered the following.

Before the meeting started John Goodwin asked that John Still and Mr Tamplin's family left the room as they were not members. John Still addressed the meeting and offered his own support for Mr Tamplin's offer and in the end stayed for the rest of the meeting.

The Chairman was to be asked to vacate the chair as he had a conflict. When suggested Steve Thompson took over this was also rejected and in the end Paul Gwinn took the chair.

When he got his opportunity to speak, Glenn Tamplin stated that the club has serious financial problems and without additional external funds it would not last the season.

This is of course in direct conflict to the MD's public comments that there is no immediate issue and the club does not necessarily need investment to survive. This has been in writing and of course he is heard on the Time FM interview denying any major financial problems.

Mr Tamplin also stated that he has offered a £200,000 unconditional donation to the club whatever the outcome of the current process. Our source stated he heard that this was going straight into the playing budget and was behind the recent signings. It is unclear whether this money has actually been paid yet which is a potential concern if it is already effectively spent.

Having spoken to the site last week, I approached John East for comment, and he stated, "The outcome of the meeting is it was suggested that the Tamplin group, which includes Dave Bennett and Chris Smythe, and our consortium get together to see if they can structure a deal and work together for the benefit of the club and we will be meeting shortly to see if there is common ground."

John clearly reads the forum as he also added, "The comments that have been made that the various parties have gone from being at each otherís throats to suddenly being best friends stung a little. This is not about personalities Ė itís all about the club Ė and if we can come together in the best interests of the club in a way that leaves everyone feeling OK about it, thatís worth trying to achieve, isnít it?"

What next?

So it seems like the two factions that are looking to invest in the club are going to go away and come up with something that works to keep the club afloat. We understand that it was Mr Tamplin who actually made the offer to include the other parties in such a discussion.

Once something is agreed the board will set a date for an EGM for Members to vote on. If this gets approved than the Daggers become just another Limited company football club.

It will be important that in putting together any deal that safeguards are built in to ensure that the ownership structure cannot be changed in future without the full agreement of all parties.

It is difficult to see where this leaves Steve Thompson. He is on the record having stated that the club is not in a financial mess, just needing investment to compete in the National League, only to have his preferred investor tell Members the club is basically dead in the water some time soon without investment.


 

 

 

 

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