Open meeting to discuss Hartlepool United Supporters’ Trust bid

Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United.

Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United.

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FOOTBALL fans are being urged to attend an open meeting on Wednesday night to hear more about plans to set up a Hartlepool United Supporters Trust.

The majority of Sky Bet League Two clubs have similar supporters’ trusts and feelings are strong that Hartlepool should have one as well, say organisers.

An initial meeting held earlier this year was attended by 100 people and another open meeting has been organised for Wednesday, April 8.

It will take place at Hartlepool Corporation Club, in Whitby Street, Hartlepool, at 7pm.

There will be presentations on the benefits of a supporters trust, further details as to what the aims of the supporters trust would be plus more details on the HUFC Trust working group.

Jacqui Forster, head of casework at Supporters Direct, is the guest speaker and will be addressing the crowd at the open meeting.

Those present will also be able to cast their vote to form a trust before open questions will be taken from the floor.

Phil Dunn, spokesman for the proposed trust, said: “We leafletted 2,000 supporters outside Victoria Park on Easter Monday and the reception we got was very encouraging.

“People are genuinely interested in the concept of forming a Supporters Trust and there was plenty of discussion amongst fans before the match.

“The meeting needs Hartlepool United supporters to attend in numbers and there will be ample opportunity in the questions and answers session to answer any queries or points supporters may have.

“We have a guest speaker from Supporters Direct, Jacqui Forster, who has been invaluable so far in helping the Trust Working Party.”

Mr Dunn has previously said around 75 per cent of League Two Clubs already have supporters’ trusts and the next stage is to set up a Trust Board and Trustees.

The move to set up a supporters’ trust first came about following concerns on and off the pitch following the failed takeover of the club by TMH 2014 earlier this year, with IOR remaining in charge at the Clarence Road club.

The proposed takeover collapsed following serious concerns within the club’s hierarchy about TMH’s long-term plans for the club.

Those concerns were serious enough to call it off six weeks after it was first announced, with Pools chairman Ken Hodcroft saying the decision was taken with the interest of the club in mind.