Open meeting to discuss plans for a Hartlepool United supporters’ trust

Victoria Park, the home of Hartlepool United Football Club.
Victoria Park, the home of Hartlepool United Football Club.

HARTLEPOOL United fans are looking to set up a supporters’ trust with an open meeting set to take place this weekend.

The meeting will be held in the Corner Flag, at Victoria Park, straight after the match with AFC Wimbledon this Saturday, February 28.

The majority of Sky Bet League Two clubs have similar supporters’ trusts and the inaugural meeting aims to establish interest and explain what it would involve.

It follows supporters concerns on and off the pitch following the recent failed takeover of the club by TMH 2014, with IOR remaining in charge.

Pools are bottom of the Football League, eight points from safety with 14 games of the season left.

A spokesman for the proposed trust told the Mail: “Following the recent turmoil regarding the ownership of Hartlepool United Football Club, and especially concerning the failed takeover bid by TMH 2014, it’s been decided by concerned fans that the way forward is to form a Hartlepool United Supporters Trust.

These are very worrying times for the club’s fans, both on and off the pitch and without a supporters’ trust in place the fans of Hartlepool United feel very vunerable and exposed.

Trust spokesman

“These are very worrying times for the club’s fans, both on and off the pitch and without a Supporters Trust in place the fans of Hartlepool United FC feel very vulnerable and exposed.

“A meeting will be held in the Corner Flag at 5pm on Saturday following the home game with AFC Wimbledon to establish interest and explain what a Supporters Trust involves, and it’s aims.

“75 per cent of League Two Clubs currently have a Supporters Trust.”

Ahead of the meeting organisers have already taken advice from several existing supporters trusts including Darlington and York City.

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.

Speaking earlier this month, Pools chairman Ken Hodcroft said the decision was taken with the interest of the club in mind.

The share purchase agreement (SPA) was signed in mid-December but TMH had been waiting for Football League approval, which involved passing the owners and director’s test and proving proof of funding.

They got that partial approval at the end of January subject to a few amendments - which is the point the club and IOR called off the sale, as revealed by SportMail.