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Jimmy’s high hopes

PUBLISHED: 16:35 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:27 23 August 2010

ENGLAND ace Jimmy Bullard has thrown his full support behind calls for the thousands of owners of Ebbsfleet United to commit to the club for another year, writes Stuart Henderson. Last year, the Fleet were bought by MyFootballClub (MyFC), the internet

ENGLAND ace Jimmy Bullard has thrown his full support behind calls for the thousands of owners of Ebbsfleet United to commit to the club for another year, writes Stuart Henderson.

Last year, the Fleet were bought by MyFootballClub (MyFC), the internet community of 32,000 subscribers, each of whom pays a £35 annual subscription fee to vote on the running of the club.

The takeover was ratified at an Extraordinary General Meeting on February 19, 2008, which means the first 12-month stint for the vast majority of members will elapse next Thursday.

Bullard, who began his career at Gravesend and Northfleet, has also signed up to the venture and this week asked fans to continue to support the unique ownership model.

"The Fleet gave me my first chance in football and I was there between 1998 and 1999," he told the MyFC official website. "I sincerely hope this special club continues to go from strength to strength.

"Thousands of members helping the club they own on to bigger and better things makes great sense to me. I hope you will join me and renew your MyFootballClub membership as soon as possible."

The 30-year-old is fondly remembered by fans for his time spent at the club and he has since enjoyed a glittering career with Premier League clubs Wigan, Fulham and Hull, which culminated in a debut call-up to the England squad last August.

He added: "Stonebridge Road is a friendly place run by some lovely people - many of whom I know well and are still working at the club.

"I've been delighted to see the club have such a great year. Winning at Wembley was a terrific reward for everyone. I only wish I could have been there to celebrate too, but I was preparing for Fulham's final game of the season the next day away at Portsmouth.

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