UPDATE: Chairman set to hand Dorchester FC to trust

Dorset Echo: UPDATE: Chairman set to hand Dorchester FC to trust UPDATE: Chairman set to hand Dorchester FC to trust

SHAUN Hearn is "excited" by prospect of Dorchester Town being community-run after agreeing to hand over his majority shareholding to the club’s Community Trust.

Hearn was quick to point out that the deal was not a takeover, rather a chance for people to rally round for the good of the county town side.

“I’m looking forward to it and I’m quite excited about it all,” he said today.

“I don’t want people thinking this is some sort of trust takeover.

“It’s about people sitting down and going forward for the club."

It was revealed last night that trust would be made the majority shareholder with a deal agreed in principle.

A statement released by company secretary David Martin read: “Following weeks of discussion, the board of directors of Dorchester Town Football Club Ltd, Dorchester Town Youth FC and the Dorchester Town FC Community Trust have reached an agreement in principle to join forces and for Dorchester Town FC to become a community-owned club.

“It is proposed that the majority shareholder of Dorchester Town Football Club Ltd, Shaun Hearn will transfer his shareholding to Dorchester Town FC Community Trust to be held on behalf of the community of Dorchester.

“Over the coming weeks and months all three parties will work together to develop a model which will ensure the long-term and sustainable future for the club providing football from mini soccer to the top level of non-League football in a national competition.

“It is intended to keep supporters fully informed and further statements will be made as the model develops.”

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9:46am Thu 17 Jan 13

212 dorset says...

So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust?
So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust? 212 dorset
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9:49am Thu 17 Jan 13

BDW says...

212 dorset wrote:
So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust?
Its near enough the same people who ran the supporters trust I believe.

I'm all for Community ownership as long as we can sustain a good level of non-league football, and not drop down the levels
[quote][p][bold]212 dorset[/bold] wrote: So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust?[/p][/quote]Its near enough the same people who ran the supporters trust I believe. I'm all for Community ownership as long as we can sustain a good level of non-league football, and not drop down the levels BDW
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9:55am Thu 17 Jan 13

Moreton Magpie says...

BDW wrote:
212 dorset wrote:
So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust?
Its near enough the same people who ran the supporters trust I believe.

I'm all for Community ownership as long as we can sustain a good level of non-league football, and not drop down the levels
Correct, but that is not to say that those same people will run the community-owned Football Club.

The fans, through the Trust, will elect a board of directors (that could well include Shaun as chairman, still) and they will run the club on the day to day basis.
[quote][p][bold]BDW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]212 dorset[/bold] wrote: So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust?[/p][/quote]Its near enough the same people who ran the supporters trust I believe. I'm all for Community ownership as long as we can sustain a good level of non-league football, and not drop down the levels[/p][/quote]Correct, but that is not to say that those same people will run the community-owned Football Club. The fans, through the Trust, will elect a board of directors (that could well include Shaun as chairman, still) and they will run the club on the day to day basis. Moreton Magpie
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10:11am Thu 17 Jan 13

212 dorset says...

It's crucial that the right people are elected onto the board. Needs to be football people who have a good knowledge of how non league football works and people with a business brain who run the club according to its means. It will be a disaster If the wrong people are allowed into the board etc.
It's crucial that the right people are elected onto the board. Needs to be football people who have a good knowledge of how non league football works and people with a business brain who run the club according to its means. It will be a disaster If the wrong people are allowed into the board etc. 212 dorset
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10:14am Thu 17 Jan 13

imthere says...

It's Tim limbach and Ian stone !
It's Tim limbach and Ian stone ! imthere
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10:17am Thu 17 Jan 13

212 dorset says...

imthere wrote:
It's Tim limbach and Ian stone !
They are involved with the Terras aren't they ?????
[quote][p][bold]imthere[/bold] wrote: It's Tim limbach and Ian stone ![/p][/quote]They are involved with the Terras aren't they ????? 212 dorset
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10:25am Thu 17 Jan 13

validus pica says...

Moreton Magpie wrote:
BDW wrote:
212 dorset wrote:
So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust?
Its near enough the same people who ran the supporters trust I believe.

I'm all for Community ownership as long as we can sustain a good level of non-league football, and not drop down the levels
Correct, but that is not to say that those same people will run the community-owned Football Club.

The fans, through the Trust, will elect a board of directors (that could well include Shaun as chairman, still) and they will run the club on the day to day basis.
The Trust will not run the club. The club will be managed and run by a board of directors more than capable of running a football club.

There's a world of difference between a community owned club and a community club. Fans do not elect a club board when the club is community owned, they elect the Trust board.
[quote][p][bold]Moreton Magpie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BDW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]212 dorset[/bold] wrote: So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust?[/p][/quote]Its near enough the same people who ran the supporters trust I believe. I'm all for Community ownership as long as we can sustain a good level of non-league football, and not drop down the levels[/p][/quote]Correct, but that is not to say that those same people will run the community-owned Football Club. The fans, through the Trust, will elect a board of directors (that could well include Shaun as chairman, still) and they will run the club on the day to day basis.[/p][/quote]The Trust will not run the club. The club will be managed and run by a board of directors more than capable of running a football club. There's a world of difference between a community owned club and a community club. Fans do not elect a club board when the club is community owned, they elect the Trust board. validus pica
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10:28am Thu 17 Jan 13

Moreton Magpie says...

validus pica wrote:
Moreton Magpie wrote:
BDW wrote:
212 dorset wrote:
So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust?
Its near enough the same people who ran the supporters trust I believe.

I'm all for Community ownership as long as we can sustain a good level of non-league football, and not drop down the levels
Correct, but that is not to say that those same people will run the community-owned Football Club.

The fans, through the Trust, will elect a board of directors (that could well include Shaun as chairman, still) and they will run the club on the day to day basis.
The Trust will not run the club. The club will be managed and run by a board of directors more than capable of running a football club.

There's a world of difference between a community owned club and a community club. Fans do not elect a club board when the club is community owned, they elect the Trust board.
My apologies.
[quote][p][bold]validus pica[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moreton Magpie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BDW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]212 dorset[/bold] wrote: So the big question is..... Who is involved with the Community Trust?[/p][/quote]Its near enough the same people who ran the supporters trust I believe. I'm all for Community ownership as long as we can sustain a good level of non-league football, and not drop down the levels[/p][/quote]Correct, but that is not to say that those same people will run the community-owned Football Club. The fans, through the Trust, will elect a board of directors (that could well include Shaun as chairman, still) and they will run the club on the day to day basis.[/p][/quote]The Trust will not run the club. The club will be managed and run by a board of directors more than capable of running a football club. There's a world of difference between a community owned club and a community club. Fans do not elect a club board when the club is community owned, they elect the Trust board.[/p][/quote]My apologies. Moreton Magpie
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10:29am Thu 17 Jan 13

imthere says...

You would think so wouldn't you 212!
You would think so wouldn't you 212! imthere
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10:40am Thu 17 Jan 13

shaun blondz says...

Well good luck to the Fans Trust as it is now accepted the only way for a Football club at this level to have a sustainable future involves community ownership and fans not only running but working within the club to guide a steady path.
And of course never to lose the ambition all fans hold for their club.
Well good luck to the Fans Trust as it is now accepted the only way for a Football club at this level to have a sustainable future involves community ownership and fans not only running but working within the club to guide a steady path. And of course never to lose the ambition all fans hold for their club. shaun blondz
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10:47am Thu 17 Jan 13

212 dorset says...

shaun blondz wrote:
Well good luck to the Fans Trust as it is now accepted the only way for a Football club at this level to have a sustainable future involves community ownership and fans not only running but working within the club to guide a steady path. And of course never to lose the ambition all fans hold for their club.
It sends a shiver down my spine thinking about some fans having an involvement in running a football club.
[quote][p][bold]shaun blondz[/bold] wrote: Well good luck to the Fans Trust as it is now accepted the only way for a Football club at this level to have a sustainable future involves community ownership and fans not only running but working within the club to guide a steady path. And of course never to lose the ambition all fans hold for their club.[/p][/quote]It sends a shiver down my spine thinking about some fans having an involvement in running a football club. 212 dorset
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10:52am Thu 17 Jan 13

validus pica says...

212 dorset wrote:
shaun blondz wrote:
Well good luck to the Fans Trust as it is now accepted the only way for a Football club at this level to have a sustainable future involves community ownership and fans not only running but working within the club to guide a steady path. And of course never to lose the ambition all fans hold for their club.
It sends a shiver down my spine thinking about some fans having an involvement in running a football club.
Some fans are very experienced business people.
[quote][p][bold]212 dorset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun blondz[/bold] wrote: Well good luck to the Fans Trust as it is now accepted the only way for a Football club at this level to have a sustainable future involves community ownership and fans not only running but working within the club to guide a steady path. And of course never to lose the ambition all fans hold for their club.[/p][/quote]It sends a shiver down my spine thinking about some fans having an involvement in running a football club.[/p][/quote]Some fans are very experienced business people. validus pica
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11:23am Thu 17 Jan 13

imthere says...

Am I correct in saying Shaun Hearn is a business man ? And a fan !
Am I correct in saying Shaun Hearn is a business man ? And a fan ! imthere
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12:15pm Thu 17 Jan 13

leo210856 says...

It has been the case for years that clubs have been run by business people in the main they have not been able to make ends meet so have had to put their hands into their pockets
I dont know how things are placed at Dorchester but simple logic suggests that the FA cup money will have all been spent or earmarked to settle debts which will mean that costs will have to be cut and at the same time income will to need to rise if football at the same level can even be contemplated past this season
Shaun deserves great credit as I dont think many people realise just how much (not just in monetry terms) being the chairman has cost him and his family.
It has been the case for years that clubs have been run by business people in the main they have not been able to make ends meet so have had to put their hands into their pockets I dont know how things are placed at Dorchester but simple logic suggests that the FA cup money will have all been spent or earmarked to settle debts which will mean that costs will have to be cut and at the same time income will to need to rise if football at the same level can even be contemplated past this season Shaun deserves great credit as I dont think many people realise just how much (not just in monetry terms) being the chairman has cost him and his family. leo210856
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12:53pm Thu 17 Jan 13

stench says...

212 dorset wrote:
shaun blondz wrote: Well good luck to the Fans Trust as it is now accepted the only way for a Football club at this level to have a sustainable future involves community ownership and fans not only running but working within the club to guide a steady path. And of course never to lose the ambition all fans hold for their club.
It sends a shiver down my spine thinking about some fans having an involvement in running a football club.
really? ha!

Most people like football, so i'm sure amongst the fans there's a business thinker, a numbers man and a football thinker...

But his is Dorch... ;) hehe
[quote][p][bold]212 dorset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun blondz[/bold] wrote: Well good luck to the Fans Trust as it is now accepted the only way for a Football club at this level to have a sustainable future involves community ownership and fans not only running but working within the club to guide a steady path. And of course never to lose the ambition all fans hold for their club.[/p][/quote]It sends a shiver down my spine thinking about some fans having an involvement in running a football club.[/p][/quote]really? ha! Most people like football, so i'm sure amongst the fans there's a business thinker, a numbers man and a football thinker... But his is Dorch... ;) hehe stench
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1:39pm Thu 17 Jan 13

imthere says...

Derrick benson could be part of it he allways has a lot to say !
Derrick benson could be part of it he allways has a lot to say ! imthere
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3:55pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bedpans says...

RIP Dorchester-The end is nigh
RIP Dorchester-The end is nigh bedpans
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4:28pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Exiled Muff Fan says...

To all Casterbridge football fans enjoy the limelight before the fall ! The Evo-Stik Premier beckons on recent form Glad to hear FA Cup money was well spent
To all Casterbridge football fans enjoy the limelight before the fall ! The Evo-Stik Premier beckons on recent form Glad to hear FA Cup money was well spent Exiled Muff Fan
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7:34pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Get a grip says...

bedpans wrote:
RIP Dorchester-The end is nigh
I think you are correct.

Possibly if Dorchester & Weymouth merge then the combined club might just survive.
[quote][p][bold]bedpans[/bold] wrote: RIP Dorchester-The end is nigh[/p][/quote]I think you are correct. Possibly if Dorchester & Weymouth merge then the combined club might just survive. Get a grip
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7:35pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Get a grip says...

bedpans wrote:
RIP Dorchester-The end is nigh
I think you are correct.

Possibly if Dorchester & Weymouth merge then the combined club might just survive.
[quote][p][bold]bedpans[/bold] wrote: RIP Dorchester-The end is nigh[/p][/quote]I think you are correct. Possibly if Dorchester & Weymouth merge then the combined club might just survive. Get a grip
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