Hello and thank you...
The second part of the above, we are not really
sure how to adequately put into words. Some of the gestures, words and actions
over the past week have been so overwhelming it is difficult to quantify how to
properly say thank you.
To all the fans that gave so generously on
Saturday, THANK YOU (does capitals help emphasise the strength of feeling!?).
Money for everyone at the moment is not an easy commodity to come by, so for so
many people to dig so deep, was incredible. I know all the staff and players
felt wholly inadequate in our inability to shake the hand of every person who
put money into those buckets. All I will say is, there were some stunned faces
when we heard how the collection was going, and if we could have personally
thanked everyone, we would have. Needless to say, those that donated money - and
you know who you are - thank you from us all. I spoke to lots of fans who wanted
no public recognition of what they were doing, and while I won't name names, it
won't ever be forgotten.
I will endeavour to get an accurate figure from
Saturday's bucket collection but I understand it was somewhere circa £1,250 by
5.30pm. That is seriously generous, especially as we understand that there is
even more pledged, as well as the auction to come. Moreover, the PayPal figure
currently stands at £370 pounds as well. We really hope these people don't mind
being named but we want to publically name and proclaim: Ivor Marshall; Victor
Fowl; Colin Skelly; Matt Burt & Wendy Jones. Thank you so much guys; it
genuinely does all make a real difference.
The general response has been
such that we haven’t had the chance to reply to all the various e-mail’s, texts
and phone calls. But that shouldn’t disguise the effect they have had and the
level of support from so many different clubs, businesses and individuals. So,
thank you again to everyone who has been in touch.
As to the long term
situation – everything appears to be moving a bit too slowly. We all hope that
this deferral isn’t slowing the process down. As players we have signed the
forms which legally carry through to Oct 31st. Realistically, this date is a bit
misleading as we are very much operating on a monthly basis. As we stressed, we
understand this isn’t something that is going to resolve overnight, but we
simply can’t allow it to drag on. The next two weeks are massive for the club
and we need some seriously positive news, and we need it as quickly as possible.
Frustratingly, it appears that the Football Conference are still
unwilling to release a very large sum of money that is owed to the club, as has
been reported in the press. We are led to believe that this money could keep the
club running for, at the very least, one month. It seems confusing that the
Conference are, presumably, desperate for us to fulfil fixtures and remain
trading, but by holding back that money threatening the clubs very existence.
Presumably this sort of central funding is focussed on providing clubs with a
lifeblood and to support the day to day running? Surely by giving this money to
the club it gives it a means to operate and thus make a takeover a more viable
proposition? I guess they want that resolution anyway? (these are very much
my musings and not the clubs view, I should add...)
hope that this issue, and the takeover process, begin to show more signs of
progress so that all the amazing generosity isn’t in vain.
bore everyone with even more babble, I will post a separate thread regards a
Race Night we are going to hold next Saturday after the game.
thank you again all so, so much. I know many of the staff and players have never
gone away from a defeat feeling as positive as we did on Saturday. The boys put
in another brave show and didn’t come up far short again. Next week’s game is
another big one, and a crowd equal to or better than Saturday’s would be great.
There was a real buzz about Treyew and a tangible sense of communal support and
mobility of a cause that people truly care about. I’m sure the FA Cup game will
be more of the same.
See you there!
From all the TCFC Staff