Final call for supporters to back community ownership of Tranmere Rovers

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THE Tranmere Rovers Trust has issued a final call for supporters to back its campaign to take Prenton Park into community ownership.

The group has been in regular dialogue with current chairman Peter Johnson since re-launching its fund-raising efforts in late October.

It insists time is running out for fans to take advantage of a unique opportunity to safeguard their club's future.

With its New Year fund-raising deadline just days away, campaigners are urging supporters not take a gamble on other prospective owners who might not have the club's best interests at heart.

Commenting on the campaign, Trust Chairman Ben Harrison said: "We always knew this would be an incredibly challenging campaign.

"No other Trust has ever attempted to raise funds for a takeover outside of a crisis scenario and the requirement for confidentiality dramatically restricts our ability to communicate with supporters.

"The Trust has received no preferential treatment from Peter Johnson, no special offer, and if there is a multi-millionaire benefactor out there ready to bankroll the club, supporters might ask themselves why a deal has not already been done.

"As we approach the deadline we set ourselves, we’re asking our fellow supporters to trust those who have a much more complete picture of the situation.

"This is not about ego. We have devoted countless hours to this campaign with only one motivation – wanting what we believe is best for our football club."

The Trust originally launched its campaign to buy a controlling interest at Prenton Park in August 2011.

By putting the club in the hands of those with its best interests at heart, the Trust believes it can harness the collective ideas and expertise of supporters and help secure the club’s future.

Mr Harrison continued: "We would breathe new life into the club, return the feel-good factor to Prenton Park and make match-day enjoyable again for all supporters.

"Our business plan is sensible and every penny generated would go back into the football club, with every idea designed solely for its benefit. We passionately believe this is the only way the club should be run."

The Trust will seek further discussions with Peter Johnson after its deadline has passed in the New Year.

Supporters who would like to join the campaign should visit www.tranmereroverstrust.co.uk

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