DFCRG Statement 14th Jan
by Scott Thornberry - 14th January 2012
DFC Rescue Group was formed on 1st January 2012.
From the outset, this hastily formed Group has been clear that its role was to try to find a solution to DFC’s problems which culminated in multiple, Community based ownership to be operated in a sustainable manner. The Group also made it clear that entering Administration would make this outcome far more difficult to achieve.
At no stage has the Group ever suggested that it could, or would, use personal funds to this end. At no stage has the Group ever insisted that it wanted to be part of a new, rescued organisation.
In order to prove if the Club could be operated in a sustainable manner, access to financial data was required. This was requested at our first meeting with the Administrator on Friday 6th January. The Group was provided with the information late on Tuesday 10th January. It was immediately clear that the sustainability of the operation could not be determined by the weekend, which the Administrator had suggested was the deadline. The priority was then to negotiate an extension to this.
Further meetings and discussions were held to raise funds to offer to the Administrator in order to persuade him to continue with operations until 31st January. These funds (which, contrary to speculation, were not a loan) were duly secured. On Friday 13th January, the Group presented its proposal to the Administrator. The discussions were positive, and the Group felt that an agreement could have been reached. However, there was a stumbling block with the funds which we had secured. The precise nature of the problem cannot be discussed at this point in time, but could have had a serious negative impact. This rendered our proposal unworkable. With no further time to find benefactors to provide these funds, the option was to accept defeat or to allow the Trust to have the final say in this matter by allocating some of its funds for this purpose. The Group felt that it had to adopt the latter route in order that no stone had been left unturned to try to resolve matters.
Our vision for the future ownership of the Club has consistently included the Supporters Trust. The Trust were approached and agreed to be part of the Group at its inception. Unfortunately, even before the first Group meeting on 3rd January, the Trust objected to the release of a Statement and the appointment of Doug Embleton as media spokesperson. Although these actions had been agreed by the majority of the Group, the Trust did not approve and consequently declined to attend. Since this time, Doug Embleton, for the Group, has telephoned and emailed the Trust on countless occasions to try to persuade them to actively participate in what we are doing, and to resolve any disagreements in
procedures. Many attempts at contacting them have gone unanswered. Any answers received have indicated that they did not wish to accept our offer. Throughout this period of time the Group has steadfastly resisted pressure to ask the Trust for funds, until yesterday when it seemed that there was no other option. Multiple attempts were again made, during the afternoon, to contact the Trust to discuss this last-ditch suggestion. These all failed, and the Group was left with no alternative but to appeal via the media. Nevertheless, the Group still firmly believes that the Supporters Trust should be at the core of a Community owned Club and wish it every success with setting up a Phoenix, should DFC fold.
The Group hopes that this statement clears up any misunderstandings. In the, seemingly, unlikely event of an extension to Administration, the Group will concentrate on establishing the sustainability of the Club and try to devise a means of funding an exit from Administration.
We would like to thank all those who have given us support and encouragement so far, in particular Jenny Chapman (MP), Peter Barron, Andrew Wilkinson, Harvey Madden of Taylor Rowland, Craig Liddle, Blackwell Grange Hotel, Scott Thornberry, the thoughtful posters on Uncovered, and many others.