Ebbsfleet United need to raise £20,000 by Tuesday
PUBLISHED: 16:45 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:45 26 April 2013
Ebbsfleet United need to raise £20,000 by Tuesday (April 30) to stave off the threat of administration.
It was announced on Monday that members of website My FootballClub, which owns the Fleet, voted to transfer their shares to the Fleet Trust and former chairman Phil Sonsara.
A potential buyer has been lined up in Carlos Kabir Karani, but the process of transferring the shares will not be instantaneous and the deadline to raise the money is fast approaching.
Chairman Jessica McQueen said: “If everyone who went to Wembley in 2008 came down and donated £10 we’d be home and dry.
“Administration would probably mean a 10 points deduction next season in the Blue Square Bet South but the bigger concern would be whether the club could get back on its feet and still operate in 2013/14.”
Mrs McQueen added that last night’s game with Tonbridge Angels in the Kent Senior Cup, which Fleet lost 2-1, made very little difference to the deficit because receipts from the gate were split.
The club was relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier for the second time in four seasons earlier this month.
Supporter Jeff Chick is part of action group Fleet Against MyFC who have started a “Saving Grassroots” campaign, imploring fans of other clubs to help Ebbsfleet.
He said: “The plan is to hit other clubs forums. Starting with Man Utd and going from there hopefully all the way through to Aldershot. It might work. It might not.
“We don’t mind dropping divisions, we just don’t want to lose our club.
“We move on and continue to do our best to help the Fleet where we can. The main aim of ridding the club of MyFC has not changed.”
It is estimated the club needs to get together £70,000 in total to balance the books.
Ebbsfleet’s Stonebridge Road ground will be open tomorrow and also on Sunday between 10am and noon.
You can also donate through the Fleet Trust’s website at fleet-trust.co.uk/donate-now.php.