Fans at Plymouth Argyle believe the club is facing the biggest crisis in its history as the club struggles for survival both on and off the pitch.
Founder member of the Argyle Fans Trust Celia Ellacott said: “The situation is really precarious: short-term measures (like player sales) are being put in place. These are helping to stave off the immediate threat. But, believe me, it’s going to take more – much more – than that if we want to see league football still at Home Park next season. That’s why we have formed the Argyle Fans’ Trust.”
With support from other Fans’ Trusts, including Exeter and the national body Supporters Direct, the Argyle Fans’ Trust has been granted registration by the FSA (Financial Services Agency).
Their Groundswell initiative aims to get at least 1,000 more through the turnstiles for every remaining home game of the season to bring in much-needed extra revenue. Fans are needed tomorrow and on future Saturdays. The target is 10,000: 12,000 could bring in an additional £2m to the club’s coffers.
Linda Gilroy has been working alongside the Steering Group and told the Devon Week: “For a city the size of Plymouth not to have a credible football club would be damaging for the city’s image and reputation. The Fans’ Trust has a role to play now and in the future. Too many clubs take their fans for granted which is such a shame. There are talents amongst the fan base that can help not just now, in this time of trouble, but all of the time. The Trust, which is a well tried and tested model, can give clout to the fan’s voices and energy.”
The Fans’ Trust pledges to do all it can to get through the present crisis and is calling on anyone and everyone – council, club and community – who has Argyle’s best interests at heart to work with them to find solutions to save PAFC. Membership of the Trust is growing.
You can read more about the Groundswell campaign and join the Argyle Fans’ Trust on the Argyle Trust website– look out for the Trust and Groundswell T-shirts (they say Pilgrim Pete may be sporting one) and be there for Argyle on Saturday!