How Did The Trust Come About ?
The Cambridge City FC Board announced in January 2006 that it had sold the City Ground to pay off debts and that it was their intention to scrap the first team and have Citys reserve side play at Cambridge Uniteds Abbey Stadium as a feeder team for United. There had been no consultation with supporters or shareholders about such a move.
Concerned supporters formed the Cambridge City Action Group (CCAG) and publicised the clubs plight. Supporters felt that mismanagement and poor decision making by self-appointed people at the club over many years were leading it towards extinction and that they now needed to act (though we really should have done so far sooner).
CCAG progressed towards proposing that a Supporters Trust should be set up in order to ensure that City fans could press for meaningful involvement in decision making at the club, with a view to eventually taking over running the club. An open meeting of 200 fans on 23 February voted unanimously to set up a Trust.
Events moved much more quickly than anticipated. The City Directors found a way to stay at Milton Road for one more season with just the Academy and youth set up going to Cambridge United leaving the question, why did they not proceed in this manner in the first place?
Stung by the vehement criticism they encountered and with the realisation that 95% of City fans were now against them, 3 of the 4 City Directors resigned in mid-April, leaving remaining Director Kevin Satchell to invite five representatives from the Supporters Trust on to the City Board of Directors. They are Terry Dunn, Roget de Ste Croix, Ken Ledran, Andy Harnwell and Steve O Donohue.
By the time of the Supporters Trust Official Launch on 18 April 2006, City had become a supporters run club this less than 8 weeks after it was decided to form a Trust.
We will ensure the CCFC ST and the clubs business are operated in a financially prudent way, balancing development risks with sound financial management and that all of this is transparent. Arrangements are currently being made to complete the transfer of control of the club, to put in place democratic structures for the Supporters Trust to hold elections of officials and directors, and to revive shareholders involvement in the club.
Cambridge City is safe for 2006/07. But the challenge now for the club and the Supporters Trust is to secure a future for the club for 2007/08 (the clubs centenary season) and beyond