Almost 100 people attended a fans’ forum at Ram Meadow to discuss the future of Bury Town Football Club last night.
During a positive meeting for the Blues, a number of ideas were put to chairman Russell Ward and the new commercial team of Dan Bush and Clive Boughton.
Ward also outlined his plans for the football club, including raising £100,000 per year through commercial activity — including events, sponsorship and greater links with the local community.
Other key points addressed were:
— Number one priority is to return the club’s cash position to positive.
— Blues want to form an academy to encourage player development.
— Plan is to be in a new ground by September 2016.
— Ward insisted again there is no debt other than what is owed to players and loans to directors.
— It is hoped a supporters’ club will be formed to assist the board with implementing future plans.
— Club harbour ambitions of Conference South/North football within two years.
— Bury talking to other clubs about possible loan players to address the current shortages in their squad.
— There is ‘something in the pipeline’ about the Blues possibly having a big club down to Ram Meadow for a pre-season friendly this summer.
— Ward admitted Bury have ‘low visibility to the community and businesses’.
— Supporters complained about there not being enough fixture posters around town. Ward said they need more people to distribute them.
— Club looking at buying into scheme to provide supporters with information by text message.
— Reflecting comments made about Bury’s presence on social media, Ward said: “Perhaps we need to evolve a bit more.”
— ‘One town, one goal’ and ‘be part of it’ adopted as new slogans by the club.
— Some supporters would like to pay into a player budget fund, but was no concrete idea how to get this off the ground.
— Bury Town SuperDraw, which former commercial director Mike Rayner said raises Bury roughly £3,200 for every 100 members, needs to be pushed more.
— First event organised to help start raising money is evening with the players at Valley Connection in Bury. £19.99 per person, maximum of 60. Contact Dan Bush on 07753 371534.
Ward closed the meeting by saying: “It will take time, but our aim is to get through the season, rebuild through the summer and make sure we hit the ground running next year.”
Full story and more details in Friday’s Free Press.
Missed last night’s meeting? Look back through group sports editor Derek Bish’s live feed via www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/live-sport