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Fans' Trust renews bid to take Tranmere Rovers into community ownership
11:23am Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
The Tranmere Rovers Trust has urged supporters to act now and help them take the Prenton Park club into community ownership.
Having launched their campaign in August, 2011, the Trust presented a new vision and business plan for Rovers ahead of the club's home game against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.
The Trust, which has a membership of more than 2,500, used the meeting to urge all Rovers supporters to consider the potential implications of sitting back and doing nothing.
Chairman Ben Harrison said: "It is common knowledge that Tranmere Rovers is for sale and by working together we can put the club in the hands of the people who will give it the care and attention it needs.
"But we must act now. For any supporters sitting on the fence, we would urge them to consider the potential implications of doing nothing.
"We are the only potential owner of the club that supporters will be able to scrutinise.
"We're sure that Peter Johnson (owner and chariman) will sell the club in good faith, but how many clubs have suffered incredible misfortune because a new owner takes a club in the wrong direction?
"Unless any other interested party declares their interest and presents their case, supporters have every right to be sceptical."
The Trust, which has secured the services of former West Ham United Finance Director Nick Igoe to provide financial advice, has set a £500,000 fund-raising target by December 31.
During the meeting, they provided comprehensive details about how the Trust would run the club on takeover, a financial plan featuring details of savings that a Trust-run club would access and incoming generating ideas, and the full package of benefits that those supporting the Trust will access.
These benefits include voting rights, giving supporters a direct say on the running of the club.
Mark Bartley, Trust vice-chairman, said: "We can own Tranmere Rovers and become a part of history.
"We'll run the club on a financially prudent and transparent basis, and through a number of new initiatives which harness the collective ideas and expertise of supporters, will work to develop the club both on and off the pitch.
"We want to breathe new life into the club, return the feel-good factor to Prenton Park and make match- day an enjoyable experience with a partisan atmosphere for fans, both old and new.
"We will ensure the club remains the lifeblood of the local community and a welcoming place which inspires supporters of all generations to return.
"Our business plan is sensible and has been scrutinised by experts.
"Every penny generated will go back into the football club and every idea is designed solely for the club's benefit. We have confidence it will deliver the club a more secure future."
Further details about the vision and business plan, including the Trust's prospectus, can be found on the Trust's newly re-launched website, here.
A Tranmere Rovers spokesman said the club will not be making a comment on the issue.