MacDonald: Weymouth FC is in safe hands

PROPOSALS: July's AGM will give fans the chance to learn about the club's finances

PROPOSALS: July's AGM will give fans the chance to learn about the club's finances

First published in Club News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

ADE MacDonald has moved to reassure fans that Weymouth FC is in the right hands.

Earlier this month, the club appeared to be in turmoil again after disputes in the boardroom spilled over into social media, leading to Paul Cocks walking away from the Trust and Nigel Biddlecombe threatening to step down as chairman.

Those rifts appear to have healed for now but there are still fears they could be reignited at next month’s AGM when the published accounts are set to show a loss that is expected to run into five figures.

MacDonald, chairman of the Weymouth FC Supporters Association, has witnessed the infighting first hand but still reckons the current regime is the best option to continue the club’s bid to re-emerge from the wilderness.

He has also told the board that the WFCSA are ready to play a more prominent role in that quest, which has led to the group making two proposals that would not only see them become the new guardians of the club’s majority shareholding, but also hold joint chairmanship.

In a statement to the club’s supporters, MacDonald said: “After a few mixed messages from in and around the club over the past few weeks, I felt it was important to give fans an independent view as the WFCSA representative to the football club board.

“I’d also like to give details of some proposals WFCSA has put to the directors as to what we feel could be the most beneficial way to take the club forward over the short and much longer term.

“Looking back over the last few weeks since the end of the season, it was of course disappointing to see some less positive press coming the club’s way surrounding problems within the boardroom.

“I currently hold the privilege of representing fans in the boardroom and report back to WFCSA’s own board with complete honesty and impartiality.

“I do wholly support Nigel Biddlecombe’s recent comment when he said that the past 15 months have been a ‘massive learning curve’ for everybody.

“Most regular fans wouldn’t believe how difficult it can be at times to run a football club.

“The directors are all individuals, all with different abilities and all with strong and often varied opinions on things.

“However, the most important thing to remember is that, before any of that, they are all Weymouth FC (WFC) fans.

“Although they might sometimes disagree, each one of them has the very best interests of the club in the forefront of their minds and that is why supporters can be assured that WFC is in basically the right hands.”

He went on to add: “Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking to many different people, including some directors, learning opinion on how best we can take the club forward and also protect it along the way.

“In particular, it has been very satisfying to strengthen our bonds with Wessex Fantasy Football, led by Ian White.

“Those guys are 100 per cent genuine Terras and I am certain you will see them move on to even greater levels of support shortly.

“Within WFCSA we feel that it’s now time to begin to steer WFC towards becoming a genuine community club, run by the fans, and in order to begin moving towards that we have offered two proposals to the WFC board for consideration and discussion.

“Our first proposal may seem startling to begin with. WFC has a large pool of unsold shares that offer the chance of revenue.

“In fact, WFCSA has always actively encouraged fans to become part of their club through share purchase.

“However, we’ve taken a close look at income from share purchase over the past couple of years and, while a good number of fans have bought shares, we’re confident that if less were ultimately available, those fans would continue to contribute through other terrific initiatives, such as Wessex Fantasy Football or the Claret & Blue Lottery, provided that they could see their club being run efficiently.

“Our second proposal should in no way be misconstrued as detrimental to the WFC board of directors. We are simply offering to practise what we preach by becoming more involved working alongside them.

“Eventually a genuine community-owned and run WFC will only be as strong as its levels of support dictate. Our aim now is to help bring people together and begin to build as one.

“In our written proposals to the board, we have included much more substance and points for discussion.

“For any of this to advance we will be giving fans and shareholders more information and opportunity to discuss every point and option.

“Meanwhile, fans can continue to support the club through Wessex Fantasy Football, the Claret & Blue Lottery and Big Merv’s Bingo.

“The commercial department is also now releasing a range of sponsorship options for the new season, many of which can be attractive to fans.”

To read the full statement and to find out more about the WFCSA, visit uptheterras.co.uk

WFCSA PROPOSALS

Proposal 1: From the pool of unsold shares, WFCSA be gifted a due amount to increase its shareholding to 51 per cent of the overall share value of the company. Further to that, investigative work should begin to examine the option of converting WFC from a privately owned company to an independent provident society or community interest company, which is the model required for a genuinely recognised community club.

Proposal 2: WFCSA to assume joint chairmanship of WFC alongside the club directors’ own choice of chairman.

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10:25pm Tue 25 Jun 13

Mr Speedway says...

Oh great!!! What about our speedway? Or have you forgot the Weymouth Wildcats speedway team. Weymouth need their speedway team.
Oh great!!! What about our speedway? Or have you forgot the Weymouth Wildcats speedway team. Weymouth need their speedway team. Mr Speedway
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10:26pm Tue 25 Jun 13

ayejay says...

Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o
And on his farm he had a pig, ee-i-ee-i-o
With an oink-oink here, and an oink-oink there
Here a oink, there a oink everywhere an oink-oink
Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o

Best stick to shovelling crap

After the DTFC trust fiasco here we go again at WFC. Disaster waiting to happen IMO
Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o And on his farm he had a pig, ee-i-ee-i-o With an oink-oink here, and an oink-oink there Here a oink, there a oink everywhere an oink-oink Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o Best stick to shovelling crap After the DTFC trust fiasco here we go again at WFC. Disaster waiting to happen IMO ayejay
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8:15am Wed 26 Jun 13

WeyDave says...

Mr Speedway wrote:
Oh great!!! What about our speedway? Or have you forgot the Weymouth Wildcats speedway team. Weymouth need their speedway team.
Mr Speedway, WFC do not own the land that the Speedway Stadium was on.
It was "removed" from WFC ownership by a previous regime.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Speedway[/bold] wrote: Oh great!!! What about our speedway? Or have you forgot the Weymouth Wildcats speedway team. Weymouth need their speedway team.[/p][/quote]Mr Speedway, WFC do not own the land that the Speedway Stadium was on. It was "removed" from WFC ownership by a previous regime. WeyDave
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3:16pm Wed 26 Jun 13

TommyWeymouth says...

Macdonald JOINT chairman does not work, never has done, at some point your will disagree and that will harm the club as you run around looking for directors to back you, which in turn causes a split. PLEASE just leave things ALONE! The majority want Biddie he has done a good job. Back off because I don't think this club can take another board room battle, the fans are soooo bored of it. Now go away, that's the polite version, I will leave you to guess the not so polite version.
Macdonald JOINT chairman does not work, never has done, at some point your will disagree and that will harm the club as you run around looking for directors to back you, which in turn causes a split. PLEASE just leave things ALONE! The majority want Biddie he has done a good job. Back off because I don't think this club can take another board room battle, the fans are soooo bored of it. Now go away, that's the polite version, I will leave you to guess the not so polite version. TommyWeymouth
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3:27pm Wed 26 Jun 13

TommyWeymouth says...

WeyDave wrote:
Mr Speedway wrote:
Oh great!!! What about our speedway? Or have you forgot the Weymouth Wildcats speedway team. Weymouth need their speedway team.
Mr Speedway, WFC do not own the land that the Speedway Stadium was on.
It was "removed" from WFC ownership by a previous regime.
Yes, and it's had a gypsy curse put on it years ago, has always been unlucky area, good luck to anyone who develops it.
[quote][p][bold]WeyDave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Speedway[/bold] wrote: Oh great!!! What about our speedway? Or have you forgot the Weymouth Wildcats speedway team. Weymouth need their speedway team.[/p][/quote]Mr Speedway, WFC do not own the land that the Speedway Stadium was on. It was "removed" from WFC ownership by a previous regime.[/p][/quote]Yes, and it's had a gypsy curse put on it years ago, has always been unlucky area, good luck to anyone who develops it. TommyWeymouth
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5:23pm Wed 26 Jun 13

Mango man says...

ayejay wrote:
Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o
And on his farm he had a pig, ee-i-ee-i-o
With an oink-oink here, and an oink-oink there
Here a oink, there a oink everywhere an oink-oink
Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o

Best stick to shovelling crap

After the DTFC trust fiasco here we go again at WFC. Disaster waiting to happen IMO
Good job nobody takes any notice of your opinion then sh1t stirring little troll......
[quote][p][bold]ayejay[/bold] wrote: Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o And on his farm he had a pig, ee-i-ee-i-o With an oink-oink here, and an oink-oink there Here a oink, there a oink everywhere an oink-oink Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o Best stick to shovelling crap After the DTFC trust fiasco here we go again at WFC. Disaster waiting to happen IMO[/p][/quote]Good job nobody takes any notice of your opinion then sh1t stirring little troll...... Mango man
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7:29pm Wed 26 Jun 13

I've been tangoed says...

Interesting and somewhat opportunistic move by the Supporters Club?

I wonder how many members do they now represent? A pale reflection of their previous incarnation.

Were they not an organisation that backed Rolls to the hilt while he nearly wiped the club off the face of the earth?

What has changed?

Nothing, watch you back Biddie as a big fat dagger is hanging ready behind you by these people with no idea.
Interesting and somewhat opportunistic move by the Supporters Club? I wonder how many members do they now represent? A pale reflection of their previous incarnation. Were they not an organisation that backed Rolls to the hilt while he nearly wiped the club off the face of the earth? What has changed? Nothing, watch you back Biddie as a big fat dagger is hanging ready behind you by these people with no idea. I've been tangoed
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8:23am Thu 4 Jul 13

craigbastow1@outlook.com says...

Bugger off to Poole and watch speedway !
Bugger off to Poole and watch speedway ! craigbastow1@outlook.com
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