Banbury United Supporters Club chairman Stephen Barlow was delighted with the turn-out for Monday’s open meeting to discuss the Puritans moving into a Community Benefit Society run club.
A packed clubhouse at Spencer Stadium, which included several former players in the audience, heard from supporters club chairman Barlow, secretary Mark Allitt and James Mathie of Supporters Direct, the company which helps clubs through the process.
Explaining the concept, Mathie said: “It’s all about opening up the membership as soon as possible and trying to get as many people as possible involved in the football club, not just on match days but in the wider community.
“It’s a tried and tested formula but it will only work if the members – the fans – want it to, because they become the joint owners of their football club.”
Barlow said: “A lot of people told me at Saturday’s game they were enthused by what we’re trying to do. But to see a full clubhouse tonight is absolutely fantastic and makes the work that we’ve put in so far really worthwhile.
“That shows me this project has got some legs and now we really need to move forward with it.”
Allitt added: “If we stick together I’m absolutely confident we can achieve this.”
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