After weeks of talking and speculation about the financial situation at Bury Town, the Blues’ loyal fan base will get to have their say.
A forum for supporters will be hosted at Ram Meadow on Monday (7pm), with chairman Russell Ward and the club’s new commercial team ready to answer questions put to them.
The evening — billed as an initiative to involve the club’s loyal supporters for ‘the exciting journey ahead’ — will provide the first organised opportunity for opinions and ideas to be expressed about the direction of Bury Town since news broke of their off-the-field plight.
Ward said: “We want to forge closer relationships with the townsfolk and businesses of Bury St Edmunds and the views and the ideas of the Blues’ followers are important to the future development of the club.”
New ideas and plans will be unveiled and the chairman hopes a new fans’ group will be formed to help the Ram Meadow-based outfit’s board turn Bury into a ‘great force’.
“The idea is to demonstrate we are not a closed shop and we will share as much information as we can with the fans,” said Ward. “We want to try to enlist help from supporters to put our plans into practice.”
Anyone interested in joining the board is also encouraged to attend the meeting.
The Free Press exclusively revealed during December and January that Bury’s non-contract players were not paid all of their wages for November — money they are still owed.
“I appreciate there is money outstanding, but I’m focused on getting players paid their monthly money, which is more important at the moment,” he said. “At some point we will catch up with November — it will be as and when the club can afford it.”
It further transpired that players had been asked to take pay cuts, while senior players Shane Tolley, David Bridges and Ryan Semple — who are still owed money for November and December — chose to leave the club as a result.
Shortly after Semple’s departure, Ward admitted the Blues had been enduring a ‘tight cash-flow situation’, but is positive things can turn around, despite the team being left with just 11 senior players.
For those fans that can’t make the meeting — group sports editor Derek Bish will provide stories online and updates via www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/live-sport