Fan ownership discussion at Sixfields

16th Nov 2018

NTFC Supporters Trust welcomed an 'informative and insightful' discussion into fan ownership at a forum following the Trust's annual general meeting at Sixfields.

Trust members debated the pros and cons of fan ownership models in English football and were asked to consider whether a supporter-owned club may be the way forward for the Cobblers in the near future.

The general consensus of the meeting was that the Trust board should explore a fan ownership model, based on a community shares issue, in more detail.

Presentations were given by James Mathie of Supporters Direct and Don Woodward, former chairman of Wycombe Wanderers.

James discussed different fan ownership models that apply, or have applied, to the likes of Portsmouth, AFC Wimbledon, Wycombe, Newport County and Wrexham.

Don spoke of his personal experience as chairman of Wycombe between 2012 and 2014, overseeing a fans takeover of the Adams Park club.

Andy Roberts, chairman of NTFC Supporters Trust, said: "It was a very informative and insightful meeting into the area of fan ownership and it certainly provided plenty of food for thought in considering a model that could work at Northampton Town.

"We were delighted that James and Don, a good friend of the Trust, were able to attend and share their expertise.

"The balance of opinion from the Trust members who attended the forum was that it was something we should look at in more detail.

"There is no crisis at Northampton Town but, as one member put it, it is worthy of consideration now as an insurance policy should the club ever encounter difficult times in the future.

"We will now discuss this further at board level and, if there is agreement, we will present our next steps at an EGM of the Trust in the New Year."

* Three new Trust board members were elected at the AGM - Keith Buckby, Kevin O'Brien and Bhyll Stephenson. A warm welcome to you all!