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Group offers a lifeline to stricken football club
1:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
A MYSTERY consortium of local businesses and sports professionals has been formed in a bid to save Malvern Town Football Club.
Your Malvern Gazette reported last month that the club is being forced to sell its Langland Stadium after defaulting on a debt of some £100,000 owed to Marstons Brewery.
The consortium, called Save Malvern Town Football Club Consortium (SMTFCC), wants to take over the club to save it from bankruptcy and dissolution.
A spokesman for the consortium said: “Our intent is driven by the challenge of helping the club achieve brighter, more successful and more enjoyable future for all involved – stakeholders, players, supporters and the local community.
“The debt to Marstons Brewery is by no means the full extent of the problems facing the club.
SMTFCC would like to bring new leadership and guaranteed stability, so that the supporters and players can focus on the football and not worry so much about the club’s future.”
The identities of consortium members have not yet been made public.
The takeover would require the involvement of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the club’s other main creditor, which is believed to be owed about £60,000, but the consortium hopes they will co-operate in the rescue plan.
A spokesman for HMRC said it was inappropriate to comment for reasons of client confidentiality.
A meeting is being held at the club on Sunday at 7pm to discuss various proposals for the way forward, including the SMTFCC bid.
Any interested parties with ideas who want to be there should contact secretary and treasurer Margaret Scott in advance on 01905 831327 for permission to attend as a guest, as it is a members-only meeting.
John Banner of the club said any proposals have to be put to the receivers by Friday, September 20.
Malvern Hills District Council has an option for first refusal if the site is put up for sale. A council spokesman said this week that until it has formally been approached, it has no comment to make.
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