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Fleet lose £40k a month

PUBLISHED: 16:08 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 23 August 2010

FLEET bosses have urged fans to donate money to the club or face a cut to the squad, after it was revealed they are losing £40,000 a month. Ebbsfleet United called an urgent meeting last Wednesday at Stonebridge Road, Northfleet, to discuss the club s fu

FLEET bosses have urged fans to donate money to the club or face a cut to the squad, after it was revealed they are losing £40,000 a month.

Ebbsfleet United called an urgent meeting last Wednesday at Stonebridge Road, Northfleet, to discuss the club's future. Fans at the packed meeting, chaired by acting chief executive John Moules, vice chairman of the Society Board Chris Pilkinton and Jessica McQueen, chairwoman of the Fleet Trust, also heard that only 10,000 people had renewed their membership with MyFC, the internet society that owns the club.

Mrs McQueen said more money had to be found to keep players that would be out of contract for next season.

She pleaded: "The whole situation is grave. This football club is not making enough money to sustain itself. Losing 20,000 people paying £35 is a lot of money that is not coming into the club anymore.

"We are making this plea today because a number of our players, and the manager Liam Daish, will be out of contract. Unless we all start putting our hands in our pockets, it won't get any better. We need to improve the playing budget."

It was revealed that the Fleet are currently losing £40,000 a month, and a number of initiatives were discussed at the meeting in order to raise the money to fill the gap. These included supporters being urged to buy season tickets and making a monthly contribution through Friends of the Fleet, where fans sign up to make a regular contribution.

Last Sunday, Mr Moules set up a vote on the MyFC website calling for a cash transfer of £20,000 from MyFC so that the club's wage bill can be paid.

By the end of Monday 90 per cent of members had voted in its favour.

Mrs McQueen added: "The end result is that we want success, we don't want to be languishing at the bottom so we want to give Liam a realistic playing budget.

"If you love the football club, put your hand in your pocket. Otherwise you will get what you deserve on the pitch."

Last May, the team reached the final of the FA Trophy, beating Torquay United 1-0 at Wembley.

She added: "I can't emphasise enough how much we need your support.

"If everyone that went to Wembley would give us just £10, we would be close to target. We have to be the messengers of the club and spread the word."

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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