Steering group face the acid test in bid to secure backing

The CBS Steering Group will be looking for a good turn-out at Thursday's meeting
The CBS Steering Group will be looking for a good turn-out at Thursday's meeting

The Steering Group behind a Community Benefit Scheme (CBS) faces the acid test tonight (Thursday) as it looks to get the support it needs to take Banbury United forward.

The group is holding a launch meeting at Spencer Stadium where it will need to get as many fans as possible to sign up to be members for the proposed CBS model.

It will be hoping for a similar turn-out to the original CBS meeting in March and relying on those same supporters to have several times that number ready to sign up to the share scheme. The share offer booklet and membership forms will be distributed and copies will also be available for supporters to take away to promote the scheme.

BUFC Supporters Club Stephen Barlow said: ”We would love to see as many Banbury United supporters as possible on Thursday, from the die-hards to those with a passing interest in the club, not just the first team but the ladies and juniors sections too. Together we can make a club we are proud of.”

The CBS has been formed and incorporated by the Steering Group and there will be an update on the transfer of ownership. The Steering Group will also outline plans for the season ahead and proposals for the formal election of officers by the membership.

There will also be a chance for questions from supporters so the Steering Group will need to be up front about what has gone on in the past few months behind the scenes, especially the events leading up to the departure of Paul Davis.

Mike Ford has the credentials to bring success to Spencer Stadium but many fans were disappointed in the way Davis was treated. The Steering Group has the opportunity to set the record straight tonight as supporters will expect answers.

Once that is done the CBS model could move forward with the full backing of all the club’s supporters and the wider public.

As for the fans, the club is advertising for crucial roles to be filled so they need to come forward in big numbers. Now the hard work begins for those who have made it known they want a bigger say in their club.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 7.30pm.