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Churton Blue
post Dec 24 2017, 10:54 AM
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Talk on the other DC about fan ownership and the good times in the 70's.

If two up and two down had existed in the 50's and 60's we would have been relegated to non league football before many of us were born.

Anyone who has read On The Borderline will know that the club lurched from one financial crisis to another and were only kept afloat by donations from the Supporters Association.

In the early 70's under Reg Rowlands the club sold a significant parcel of land, training ground, and that financed the promotion of 1975, not money from an investor.

By 1984 we were back to finishing bottom of the League and depending on re-election to save us.

Barnes financed the 1985 promotion team by spending money the club did not have and a couple of years later we are forced to sell our ground to survive !

The 1994 promotion team was again financed by money we did not have and by 1998 we were facing liquidation as we no longer had a training ground or stadium to sell.

Things got worse under Smith which lead to SV and we all know where the money for the 2004 team came from.

History tells us Chester Football Club has never had a legitimate investor to provide success so arguing for one now makes no sense and just diverts attention from what can be realistically done to improve things.

If anyone wants to please feel free to copy and paste on DC2.
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post Dec 24 2017, 11:42 AM
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Goes back to a previous post about sugar daddy investors, many football clubs have backers especially in our division but Why is it Chester have never really had a DW type investor ? That of course brings up the next question, if an investor turned up wanting control over the club would we go for it or should we stay fan owned ?
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post Dec 24 2017, 12:19 PM
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QUOTE (EltonblueS @ Dec 24 2017, 12:42 PM) *
Goes back to a previous post about sugar daddy investors, many football clubs have backers especially in our division but Why is it Chester have never really had a DW type investor ? That of course brings up the next question, if an investor turned up wanting control over the club would we go for it or should we stay fan owned ?


An investor wants a return on their investment or a reasonable chance to get their money back. As we do not own anything like a stadium or training ground this can not happen.

If a wealthy Chester fan wants to donate large sums of money then under the current model they can. Squad Builder is a perfect vehicle for this.

I am sure they could get voted on to the Board, maybe even become Chairman, so why would they need control though ownership ?

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post Dec 25 2017, 12:46 PM
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Tony Durkin did something like that, personally if I were to throw money at the club I would want some sort of control, can’t see anyone investing without some control and recognition .
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post Dec 25 2017, 07:07 PM
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It is a person of rare quality who donates a substantial amount of cash without wanting some control. We need to welcome these rare people with open arms, not the other type who have destroyed our club on previous occasions. We have to be sustainable.


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post Dec 25 2017, 07:33 PM
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QUOTE (Churton Blue @ Dec 24 2017, 01:54 PM) *
..... and just diverts attention from what can be realistically done to improve things.

Which is what?
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post Dec 29 2017, 04:19 PM
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QUOTE (Finland Blue @ Dec 25 2017, 07:33 PM) *
QUOTE (Churton Blue @ Dec 24 2017, 01:54 PM) *
..... and just diverts attention from what can be realistically done to improve things.

Which is what?


For me the biggest issue is, and always has been, the lack of affinity that people who live in Chester have with the football club that represents the city.

There are plenty of things that can be done to improve that if the football club and community trust are working together with a little bit of imput from the local authority and business community.

We keep on doing too many things the same way as we have always done then get upset when we get the same negative results. Under supporter ownership we have a chance to do things differently and hopefully get more positive outcomes.
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