3rd March 2020
It has been a while since I last provided an update in my role as Chairperson of the Silkmen Supporters Trust so here goes.
From: Andy Worth [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 19 February 2020 13:50
To: Mark Rowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>; John Nagle <JNagle@efl.com>
Subject: A request for a further face to face meeting with the Silkmen Supporters Trust
Dear Mark & John.
I write to you in my role as the Chairperson of the Silkmen Supporters Trust (SST). We are of course aware that Macclesfield Town Football Club (MTFC) has appealed the six points deduction handed out in December 2019 regarding non payment of wages and failure to fulfil a fixture with Crewe Alexandra, and that MTFC have been further charged with misconduct in relation to having the game against Plymouth Argyle on 21st December 2019 postponed as a consequence of having received a ‘zero capacity notice’ by the local Safety Advisory Group.
We completely understand the importance of confidentiality whilst appeals / misconduct charges are heard. However, I am sure that you will both recognise and understand the significant angst of our supporters, who are of the understanding that MTFC had no legal representation at the last hearing which would clearly have placed the club at great disadvantage during the proceedings. Silkmen supporters have received scant information since this time leaving them feeling ‘like mushrooms left in the dark’ and are very concerned not only with regards to our future tenure in the English Football League (EFL) which we are intensely proud of; but indeed regarding our long term future as a small football club with an illustrious history that has significant prestige within the local community in and around Macclesfield.
We recognise that the SST has no ‘locus standi’ and so cannot effectively be directly involved in any hearing, but are most willing to provide any support that we can to help to resolve these matters both professionally and amicably. We would be most pleased for my fellow SST board members John Abbott, Robert Wilson & I to discuss issues of concern to us in the same open and professional manner as they were when we last met in December 2019, and I would like to take this opportunity to advise you that we the SST have formally instructed a solicitor to help us to look after our position. The contact details for our nominated solicitor are highlighted below.
As a consequence of the email my fellow SST board member Richard Pattrick and I spoke with Mark Rowan (Communications’ Director for the EFL) and Andy Andrew Pomfret (Supporter Services Manager for the EFL) in a conference call last Monday afternoon. Whilst clearly recognising the parameters of confidentiality the context of our discussion is highlighted below:
Chairperson of the Silkmen Supporters Trust
23rd January 2020
Super Silk Lotto Announcement
The Super Silk Lotto are delighted to announce that from the draw on 7th February 2020 onwards, all proceeds from this lottery will now be distributed to the Silkmen Supporters Trust (SST).
The lottery will remain the same in all other aspects, still giving you the chance to win £100 every week for only a £1 stake.
The commitment to the community will also remain strong, with a percentage of the yearly proceeds supporting a local community group or charity. Previous partners who have benefitted include David Lewis, Ollie’s Army, Space4Autism, Silklife Foodbank and Phase Onbe Training, which is the charity arm of Canalside Radio.
Whilst proceeds will no longer go directly to Macclesfield Town FC (MTFC), the SST is run for the majority benefit of MTFC and will continue to provide funds with supporters interests at heart. This change makes payments simpler and makes it easier for fans to have a say on where the proceeds go.
Since inception in November 2014, the Super Silk Lotto has gained over 300 entries, paid out over £25,000 in prizes and raised over £32,000 for Macclesfield Town FC. The more members we have, the more money we can raise for our beloved Silkmen and for the local community.
For information on how to join the Super Silk Lotto please visit https://www.sstrust.uk/fundraising/super-silk-lotto/ or if you have any queries, email email@example.com.
Robert, Andy & Marie
Super Silk Lotto Management Team
20th January 2020
The Silkmen Supporters Trust (SST) were heartened by the news at the recent High Court Hearing on Wednesday 15th January 2020 that the winding up order was adjourned once again; and this time for 10 weeks, following the revelation in court that Macclesfield Town majority shareholder Amar AlKadhi had agreed to the sale of the football club, with proof of funds demonstrated.
However we were less encouraged by the subsequent press release by Mr. AlKadhi who spoke of how he would like to progress the sale of Macclesfield Town FC in ‘a timely manner’ and that that he would ‘work tirelessly’ until a sale is complete.
We the SST have held regular dialogue with two of the potential bidders, and recent communications with them since the High Court hearing would appear to be in direct contrast with Mr. AlKadhi’s statement; thus fuelling our concerns of delaying tactics by Mr. AlKadhi to ensure a prolonged extension of the winding up order.
Whilst we are aware that a Non-Disclosure Agreement was made with at least one of the potential bidders, it would be most helpful to know if Mr. AlKadhi has made any direct contact with the English Football League (EFL) regarding the sale of the football club; and if he has shown proof of the offer that has been made.
As a consequence, we have emailed the EFL in an attempt to clarify if this is indeed the case and look forward to a prompt response from them.
In view of the information earlier this afternoon regarding a further misconduct charge (as a consequence of the non fulfilment of the Plymouth Argyle fixture in December) we would urge Mr. AlKadhi to conclude the takeover deal as soon as possible. This would allow the opportunity for Mark Kennedy, Danny Whitaker & Danny Butterfield to bring in reinforcements to strengthen the squad like many clubs around us have already done in this transfer window, and provide us with the best possible opportunity to remain one of the elite 92 clubs in English football.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer a sincere debt of gratitude to SST board member Richard Pattrick, who gave of his time and effort to provide some eyes and ears on behalf of Silkmen fans everywhere during the High Court hearing earlier this week. Please be assured that is the intention of the SST to ensure to employ a similar approach at the next High Court hearing on Wednesday 25th March 2020.
#OUR TOWN#OUR CLUB
Chairperson of the Silkmen Supporters Trust
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