Swindon Town boss says club ‘to go places’


Swindon Town purchase County Ground Image: Swindon Town

The EFL League Two club Swindon Town F.C. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Angus believes that the long-awaited purchase of the County Ground in Swindon, England (UK) will spur the club onto greater heights, including promotion.

‘Swindon Advertiser’ stated that the stadium had previously been owned by the Council, but following an agreement between the club and the Swindon Town Community Mutual Limited, the venue is now co-owned by the club and the fans.

The Swindon Town Football Club is a professional football club based in Swindon, Wiltshire, England (UK). The team, known as ‘The Robins’, currently compete in EFL League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Their home colors are red and white.

The County Ground is a stadium located near the town center of Swindon, Wiltshire, England, and has been home to Swindon Town Football Club [Swindon Slugs] since 1896. The current capacity of 15,728, all-seated, has been at that level since the mid-1990s.

‘Swindon Advertiser’ further stated that with a sale price of £2.3 million paid in full, and funding for the acquisition coming from the Nigel Eady Trust, the club and fans now own the venue split 50-50.

The Nigel Eady Trust was set up on the passing of Nigel Eady, a Swindon Town fan who bequeathed his estate to Swindon Town F.C. under the stipulation that it was to be used to benefit the local community.

Eady was a lifelong Town fan who left a considerable legacy to the club on the condition that the money would be used for the long-term benefit of ‘The Robins’ and the local community after his death over a decade ago.

Representatives of the club, Supporters’ Trust and the Swindon Borough Council were at the County Ground recently to announce the news, including Town head honcho Angus.

Asserted Angus, “This is a massive stepping stone. Since Clem [Morfuni] came in, we talked about building strong foundations. Obviously, the debt that was inherited was significant and that’s been managed down now. The supporters owning the ground really is a solid foundation that we can build upon, and these developments can really help us with the aim very much to take the club up the leagues. We all can agree that we should be at least in the Championship, and it hasn’t been that easy to get there, but with these strong foundations we can only go onwards and upwards.”

For the annual price of £19.69, fans of the football club can receive a STFC Trust membership as well as a voting share.

The Chairman of TrustSTFC Stephen Mytton was pleased with the initial response from the fans in purchasing the shares.

The Swindon Town Community Mutual (Swindon Town Supporters Trust or TrustSTFC) is a democratic not-for-profit organization with a key aim of securing representation and strengthening the links between the football club and the community.

Maintained Mytton, “If you are a member of the Trust, you have always had a share in the Swindon Town Mutual Limited so all of our existing 1,100 members are shareholders automatically. We had a 100-plus sign up, so now we have 1,200-plus. Going forward, we want to get many thousands! We want to generate a lot of income and ensure that the supporters have a real seat at the table in this 50-50 joint venture.”

If one is interested in buying one’s own share of the football club, one can do so here.

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