To all full and lifetime members attending this evenings meeting:
I must apologise to all, Iím afraid that I can not be with you tonight at this extremely important EGM; I am away in Florida with family and friends ahead of another milestone birthday. This was booked months ago and would have been very difficult to change. I will make sure that I am available to be contacted while the meeting is going on, in case anyone has a question specifically for me.
Going back to the start of this process at the end of last season, I donít think anybody including myself thought that this would be still going on nearly six months later. There has been a huge amount of time and effort, and not mentioning cost, put into getting where we are today. A lot of this work has been carried out by Steve Thompson, on top of his normal work, plus he is covering for staff that has left us for one reason or another. I think he deserves a great big thank you, whatever your opinions are.
Then of course we are also running a football club, and may I say that we are not doing a bad job, but still a long way to go, anything can happen and probably will.
At this point of writing, I have just found out that the Eastís consortium has pulled out of the bidding; I really donít know the reason for this. We can and must not allow this to derail or disrupt this process; we really must bring this matter to a conclusion.
It now seems that you are left with a simple choice, vote for option 1, Glenn Tamplinís consortium or remain as a members club. Whilst I understand that many would prefer us to stay as a Members club, at our level of football, in my opinion it really doesnít work for many reasons. It may well be OK when things are going well, team doing well, big cup games, sell a star player, etc.
But when things are not going so well and money is scarce, things get extremely difficult, and this really does effect and hold back the clubs progress. We really can not afford the team we have if we stay a members club.
Personally for nearly 20 years I have supported the club both physically and financially, and I would like to carry on doing this as a shareholder, and as part of what I believe to be a great mixture of people in the consortium, whose ambition is to take the club forward both on and off the pitch, with genuinely no hidden agendas.
Please vote with me for the consortium, and letís bring the good times back, and maybe some even better ones.
One final thought, it has been suggested that the members and supporters club somehow merge, whilst I understand the motive for this, I can also see problems coming to an agreement. However I believe that this is not for board members or potential shareholders to get involved in, but for the members and supporters themselves.
Kind Regards and Thanks