A meeting was held on Saturday evening at the Steelmen Social Club inside Steel Park as planned. Those in attendance discussed the future of the fighting fund.
It was raised that a fighting fund was no longer appropriate as the club had been secured by the new owners and that there had been questions asked by our new league regarding why it was still in existence.The pubs which had collection buckets had also stopped taking donations since the takeover.
A vote was cast with a unanimous decision that all money raised from the Corby Town FFF should be donated to the new owners. Nobody voted for the fund to continue. A vote was then held for what purpose the money should be used for. 1 person voted that it should be put towards the wage budget, with the remaining 16 people present voting that the club should be able to decide how the money is spent as long as they can provide details on how it has been used for the good of CTFC.
The vote showed a clear desire to assist the people who saved the football club and also to trust them to spend the money wisely in the best interests of the football club on behalf of the people who donated.
A huge thank you to everybody that donated towards the Corby Town FFF. We are still in the process of collating all of the money together and a final total figure will be posted once it is available.
Once the money has been transferred to Corby Town Football Club the Corby Town Fans Fighting Fund will officially be disbanded.
There will be a Corby Town Fans Fighting Fund meeting held on Saturday 24th May 2014, at 6pm. The meeting will take place at the Steelmen Social Club bar inside Steel Park.
The meeting is being held to allow supporters to vote on what should happen next with the money raised for the FFF. A number of proposals will be put forward for supporters to vote upon and the decision of the majority will be final.
A huge thank you to everybody who has helped to raise money and donated towards the fund. Now is your opportunity to vote on how you feel the fund would be best utilised for the future of our club.
The UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will also be on in the bar after the meeting.
Corby Town supporters will get the opportunity to meet the new owners of the club on Monday 5th May, at an open meeting being held inside Steel Park.
The meeting, which has been organised following discussions between members of the new board with representatives of the Corby Town Supporters' Trust and the Fans Fighting Fund, will begin at 7.30pm at the Steelmen Social Club bar inside Steel Park.
Open to all fans, the evening will give you the opportunity to speak to the new board of directors at Corby Town about the takeover, their plans for the future and the forthcoming campaign.
The Corby Town Fans Fighting Fund would also like to discuss the options available for the funds raised so far, to enable supporters to vote on how the money should be spent.
The football club confirmed on Thursday morning that the consortium is made up of seven local businessmen; Paul Glass, Nathan Bailey, Phil Toon, Steve Nicol, Tony Muir, Nick Sadler and Dan Hitchcock. The new board have also appointed Stevie Noble as chairman, with Gerry Reilly named as the vice-chairman.
Open Meeting with new CTFC Owners
Date: Monday 5th May 2014
Location: Steelmen Social Club, Steel Park
The Fans Fighting Fund has received a request from one of the new owners Phil Toon.
It was made clear from the beginning that any money released from the FFF would have to be used for a specific purpose and not to disappear into the current black hole that seems to exist at CTFC. This is to help ensure complete transparency and accountability for the money donated by supporters.
The new owners met last night to discuss the priority debts outstanding at the club. One of these is a bill outstanding to the Southern Football League for player registrations.
The bill in question is for a total of £358.11. They have asked whether the FFF would be willing to pay this particular bill.
Following the kind gesture from the new owners to allow the Corby Fans Fighting Fund to take donations at the turnstiles on Saturday and as a sign of unity and support it was agreed by Jamie Kyle, Ross Ferguson, James McCafferty, Robbie Dunion and Paul Dredge of the FFF that this figure should be released to pay the urgent debt.
A meeting is being organised with the new owners in the near future to discuss the current situation at the club in more detail and to allow them to outline their vision and plans for the football club. It will then be possible to hold an open fans meeting to create an action plan for the fighting fund and for those present to democratically vote on the best way to support the long term future of Corby Town.
Thanks again to everybody for their support. Hopefully this can be the beginning of a strong and open relationship between the football club and supporters.
£820.74 were raised at the turnstiles on Saturday for the Fans Fighting Fund. A huge thank you to everybody that donated.
Although the news that there are new owners agreed is welcomed, the hard work is still to be done. New owners doesn't necessarily mean that there are less debts. The Fans Fighting Fund needs to be best used to support the club. Once the new regime has been identified we will arrange to meet with them to discuss their plans and then pull together a group of fans to come up with a plan of action on how best the fund can be used for the long term future of the club. The fund will remain in place until the end of pre-season and we urge supporters to continue giving via the GoFundMe page and at fundraising events which are being organised. Thanks again for your support!
There will be a meeting in the bar at Steel Park at 6.45pm tomorrow evening to discuss the CTFFF
The technical issues have now been resolved and donations are being accepted once again through the page. Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience caused over the past couple of days.
There appears to be an issue with the system currently. We are working hard to resolve this ASAP. Apologies to those who are trying to donate.
WE HAVE BROKEN THE £2000 MARK... THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED SO FAR
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the fund. The messages of support from other club's fans have been flooding in too.
New video to promote the cause
We are just under half-way towards our initial target in under 2 days! Once again a huge thank you to everybody. Also on a positive note Corby Town returned to winning ways on the pitch with a fantastic 1-0 win away at Biggleswade Town. Huge well done to the players and management.
Over £1000 in less than 24 hours, WOW! SPEECHLESS! A huge thank you to everybody who has donated and helped to spread the word.
We need £40 more in donations to reach £1000 in our first day! A huge thank you to everybody who has donated so far.
We have reached over £750 thanks to everybody's generosity! A huge heartfelt thank you to everybody. We have received donations from fans if Stourbridge, Bashley, the town's former MP, a fan from Australia and of course the great people of Corby! Please keep spreading the word!! My faith in the human race has been restored!
£225 has been raised in the first 9 hours of the fund going live online, thank you all for your donations. We have even had one from Australia!! (cheers Ben) Please keep sharing this page and donating what you can. #SaveTheSteelmen
The Corby Town Fans Fighting Fund is now live... please help to save the Steelmen #SaveTheSteelmen
After a meeting between concerned supporters on 2nd April 2014 it was decided to start a fighting fund to try and save the club from the dire situation that it currently finds itself in.
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE?
The Corby Fans Fighting Fund has been established to help safeguard the future of Corby Town Football Club. With the threat of administration looming over the club, CTFC is behind on paying the players and staff, has growing debts and legal proceedings ongoing with the local council. We need to make sure that our club survives.WHY DO WE CARE ABOUT THIS?
Football can bring an entire community together. Corby Town FC has been around since 1948 and we need to fight to save it. The people of Corby have backed the club during FA Cup runs and the good times, but now we need your help during one of the most difficult times in the club's history. By donating to this cause, you will be donating to the Steelmen Fighting Fund. We aim to raise money predominantly through a series of fund raising events, though of course we will be delighted to accept donations. We will be looking to involve as many people as possible, both throughout the Corby community, and beyond.HOW WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT?
The aim is to build a fund, both online and through events on behalf of Corby Town fans to save the football club from administration. The money raised will not be going to the current chairman or board, but will instead be a discretionary fund to help save the club from the threat of administration or help it to exit administration if that is not possible. With your support, we can safeguard the club's future and stop years of history being lost. The Corby Town FFF will be able to demonstrate to the public that the money is being spent in a fully transparent way. Any money spent by the Fighting Fund will be fully receipted, and expenditure will be pre-authorised by the trustees. Details of all income and expenditure will be published online at least quarterly.WHEN WILL WE SEE THE DIFFERENCE?
You'll be able to see how well we're doing by keeping an eye on this page "“ please share the link with your friends and family by email, on Facebook and Twitter (and remember to include #SaveTheSteelmen in your message). A cross section representative group of fans will ensure that the money is only used for the designated purpose. If you are interested in being part of this group then please contact us through this page or via firstname.lastname@example.org