MyFC club Ebbsfleet fight for survival
PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 23 August 2010
TWO survival packages have been devised by the MyFC board operating Ebbsfleet United to save the internet-based ownership scheme from collapse. Thousands of members have been voting on increasing the annual subscription from £35 anywhere up to £150, with
TWO survival packages have been devised by the MyFC board operating Ebbsfleet United to save the internet-based ownership scheme from collapse.
Thousands of members have been voting on increasing the annual subscription from £35 anywhere up to £150, with a shortlisted two options to be voted on by Friday.
This week an update on the vote sent to members read: "Getting the right balance between membership fees and numbers is crucial to the survival of the club."
The board estimate a membership fee of £100 per annum (£25 per quarter) would be required on likely renewal rates by thousands of fans who own a share of the club.
But results showed that 904 of voting members, almost 36 per cent, supported increasing fees to £50, with 31 per cent voting for the £100 renewal price.
Jessica McQueen, chairwoman of the Fleet Supporters Trust, said the internet-based takeover by MyFootballClub members has been a success in raising the profile of the club, buying players and gaining record support for the FA Trophy final at Wembley last year but warned tough decisions have to be made.
She said: "All of that is history and it's a very different reality that faces both MyFC and the club itself.
"Ebbsfleet United sit second bottom of the Blue Square Premier, with only 9 points from 20 games and a FA Cup campaign ended before the first round.
"Like a lot of clubs there are some doubts as to the level they will be able to sustain themselves at and a series of key votes running up to the end of the month will give everyone a clearer picture of where they stand, and hopefully, also entice new or even recently departed members to get involved."
At it's launch almost two years ago 32,000 fans signed up to the revolutionary deal as the Fleet became the first team to be owned by fans around the world. But as the Fleet struggle for form and face the prospect of relegation to the Blue Square South numbers have dwindled to nearer 9,000 stifling funds and placing more financial demands of staunch supporters who are sticking by the club.
Mrs McQueen added: "At this time MyFC members would like every Ebbsfleet United fan or fan of football worldwide to visit the website and get involved. The chance really is there for the project to still be something unique and for football fans the world over to get together and make their mark."
In a bid to retain as many members as possible two packages based on both £50 and £100 fees have been created and put to a vote, with a deadline of 3pm tomorrow.
The board's posting continued: "The higher value package includes several extra benefits and it is hoped that as many members as possible will choose the £100 subscription rate."
In the interim membership continues to remain at £35 and can be paid quarterly. Visit www.myfootballclub.co.uk.
£35 Per Annum (No Price Increase)438 (17.29%)
£50 Per Annum (or £15 per quarter)904 (35.69%)
£75 Per Annum (or £22.50 per quarter) 333 (13.15%)
£100 Per Annum (or £30 per quarter)776 (30.64%)
£150 Per Annum (or £45 per quarter) 82 (3.24%)