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BPAS PODCAST: 19th Apr '21 Episode 31: The Final Countdown


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Matt catches up with three quarters of the PTB lads to discuss their recent meeting with Trust Oldham / Foundation Oldham, who will be joining us on next week's pod to talk strategy, vision and fundraising for the future. 

 

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Sadly I doubt whether the Trust/Foundation will ever gain real traction.  It's current strategy restatement is a step in the right direction but it all seems a decade or more late.  The text below is from the initial Charter of SAFE which was set up in late 2000 and had this out publicly at a meeting in February 2001.  We don't seem to have moved on a lot.

 

 

 

 

CHARTER

This charter sets out the initial objectives of the group. Once these have been achieved we intend to restate longer term aims

To establish the current financial position of the club.

To explore the alternatives available which may help to secure Oldham Athletic’s future.

To research the possibilities of ordinary supporters taking an active role in the management of the club.

To involve as many members of the Oldham Athletic fanbase as possible.

To communicate progress regularly through the use of all available forms of media.

To be open and democratic

To co-operate with the existing board of directors of the club.

Establish

There can be no doubt that the club is facing severe problems. Having sold the freehold of Boundary Park and having recently announced a further asset sale to cover existing liabilities there is now a situation which is unsustainable in the long term. Although commercial considerations will no doubt apply we will aim to establish the full financial picture of the club so that we can fully understand the seriousness of the current position.

Explore

We will actively publicise the club’s position so that any potential investors are aware that there is a possibility for them to become involved. We will undertake to contact local businesses and business people with a view to identifying any potential benefactors. To this end we will encourage the board to formally advertise their willingness to sell a stake in the club to suitable investors.

Research

Oldham Athletic are not the first club to run into serious financial difficulties and they will not be the last. We must take heart from the fact that, historically, very few professional football clubs have gone out of existence but that is not a reason to be complacent. Over the past decade or so the finances of the football industry have changed out of all recognition and the problems faced by smaller clubs or those without the benefit of wealthy benefactors have grown accordingly.

Nevertheless, there is a need for positive thinking at this time and just because the prospect of Oldham Athletic firstly establishing a stable platform and then achieving success seems a distant one at present does not mean that this should be accepted as an impossibility. To do so would merely serve to continue the downward spiral which has ensnared the club since relegation from the Premiership in 1995.

There are organisations which have been established to assist supporters’ groups who wish to become involved in the management of their clubs, perhaps through taking a stake or through involvement in activities which extend beyond the traditional supporters’ role. We will research the facilities which these organisations can offer and assess whether they can make a positive contribution to the current situation.

In addition we will contact representatives of supporters’ groups of clubs that have found themselves in a similar plight in recent years to see if we can learn from their experiences. One feature of the changing environment has been an encouraging camaraderie between groups of football supporter’s, such as the fans day at Brighton, which can only be to the long term benefit of the clubs and the games in a much wider context than the purely financial.

Involve

If this venture is to have any chance of achieving meaningful success then it must be seen to be a well organised democratic venture which encourages the active participation of everyone who has an interest in the future of professional football in Oldham. We will actively seek suggestions through the media and all other available means and give full consideration to everything that is received. We will also seek offers of help of any sort and involve as many individuals as possible.

In return we will ask for a positive commitment in the form of a subscription which will be set at a low level. Funds raised will initially be used to cover administrative expenses and will be fully accounted for. Although we may seek to raise meaningful funds at some future date this is not the current intention.

Communicate

We will attempt to keep all fans up to date with the progress being made by the group through regular contact with local media and use of the Internet. We will make sure that lines of communication to the group are well established.

Democratic

As a group of supporters we feel that we have skills and commitment to offer which can make a positive contribution to the current situation. We do not assume however that we have any particular right to play a leading role in the future of the club but it is imperative that someone grasps the nettle and gets this project off the ground. Once we have achieved our initial objectives we will offer ourselves for election for the next stage of the project and anyone that has joined will be able to do the same.

Co-operate

We are not seeking any sort of confrontation with the existing administration of the club who we believe have the best interests of Oldham Athletic at heart. In the current situation there is a need for all interested parties to work together with a common objective.

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3 minutes ago, Dave_Og said:

Sadly I doubt whether the Trust/Foundation will ever gain real traction.  It's current strategy restatement is a step in the right direction but it all seems a decade or more late.  The text below is from the initial Charter of SAFE which was set up in late 2000 and had this out publicly at a meeting in February 2001.  We don't seem to have moved on a lot.

 

 

 

 

CHARTER

This charter sets out the initial objectives of the group. Once these have been achieved we intend to restate longer term aims

To establish the current financial position of the club.

To explore the alternatives available which may help to secure Oldham Athletic’s future.

To research the possibilities of ordinary supporters taking an active role in the management of the club.

To involve as many members of the Oldham Athletic fanbase as possible.

To communicate progress regularly through the use of all available forms of media.

To be open and democratic

To co-operate with the existing board of directors of the club.

Establish

There can be no doubt that the club is facing severe problems. Having sold the freehold of Boundary Park and having recently announced a further asset sale to cover existing liabilities there is now a situation which is unsustainable in the long term. Although commercial considerations will no doubt apply we will aim to establish the full financial picture of the club so that we can fully understand the seriousness of the current position.

Explore

We will actively publicise the club’s position so that any potential investors are aware that there is a possibility for them to become involved. We will undertake to contact local businesses and business people with a view to identifying any potential benefactors. To this end we will encourage the board to formally advertise their willingness to sell a stake in the club to suitable investors.

Research

Oldham Athletic are not the first club to run into serious financial difficulties and they will not be the last. We must take heart from the fact that, historically, very few professional football clubs have gone out of existence but that is not a reason to be complacent. Over the past decade or so the finances of the football industry have changed out of all recognition and the problems faced by smaller clubs or those without the benefit of wealthy benefactors have grown accordingly.

Nevertheless, there is a need for positive thinking at this time and just because the prospect of Oldham Athletic firstly establishing a stable platform and then achieving success seems a distant one at present does not mean that this should be accepted as an impossibility. To do so would merely serve to continue the downward spiral which has ensnared the club since relegation from the Premiership in 1995.

There are organisations which have been established to assist supporters’ groups who wish to become involved in the management of their clubs, perhaps through taking a stake or through involvement in activities which extend beyond the traditional supporters’ role. We will research the facilities which these organisations can offer and assess whether they can make a positive contribution to the current situation.

In addition we will contact representatives of supporters’ groups of clubs that have found themselves in a similar plight in recent years to see if we can learn from their experiences. One feature of the changing environment has been an encouraging camaraderie between groups of football supporter’s, such as the fans day at Brighton, which can only be to the long term benefit of the clubs and the games in a much wider context than the purely financial.

Involve

If this venture is to have any chance of achieving meaningful success then it must be seen to be a well organised democratic venture which encourages the active participation of everyone who has an interest in the future of professional football in Oldham. We will actively seek suggestions through the media and all other available means and give full consideration to everything that is received. We will also seek offers of help of any sort and involve as many individuals as possible.

In return we will ask for a positive commitment in the form of a subscription which will be set at a low level. Funds raised will initially be used to cover administrative expenses and will be fully accounted for. Although we may seek to raise meaningful funds at some future date this is not the current intention.

Communicate

We will attempt to keep all fans up to date with the progress being made by the group through regular contact with local media and use of the Internet. We will make sure that lines of communication to the group are well established.

Democratic

As a group of supporters we feel that we have skills and commitment to offer which can make a positive contribution to the current situation. We do not assume however that we have any particular right to play a leading role in the future of the club but it is imperative that someone grasps the nettle and gets this project off the ground. Once we have achieved our initial objectives we will offer ourselves for election for the next stage of the project and anyone that has joined will be able to do the same.

Co-operate

We are not seeking any sort of confrontation with the existing administration of the club who we believe have the best interests of Oldham Athletic at heart. In the current situation there is a need for all interested parties to work together with a common objective.

Haven’t listened yet, but a crisis does focus the mind- whether that will have any material effect is open for debate. 

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32 minutes ago, Lee Sinnott2 said:

Out of curiosity, will these pods be continuing once the season has finished...?

 

We may take a short well earned break in-between, but the plan is to carry on with content post this and pre the new season.......

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Just caught up with this one.  Another good listen (was chuckling at the forgetfulness bit!), very interesting stuff about making sure the trust have a focussed target to aid with fundraising.  I thought this myself, it wouldn't get anywhere with just vague ambitions.

 

With what has just happened with the super league bollocks, I would love to see the focus of the trust be fundraising toward having a 50+1 ownership structure.  This doesn't have to be an anti-owner stance, it would be a very sensible thing to be working toward whether times are good or bad with whoever owns the club.  50+1 has been in the spotlight a lot in the last couple of days, so it feels like this would be a great time to jump on board with that and be leaders in something for a change.

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