The article below provides the detailed Silkmen Supporters Trust (SST) board statement that has been released as a consequence of our monthly meeting on 8th April 2019 where we discussed the responses provided by major shareholder Amar AlKadhi, and agreed our subsequent actions. The SST board want to make it clear that we are committed to our fundamental objectives which include working with the Club to improve the match day experience for supporters; providing a channel of communication between the fans, and identifying supporters issues, assessing them and where appropriate trying to resolve them with the club and the fans liaison officer.
As a consequence we agreed the following actions to demonstrate the unequivocal support of the SST board for those on London Road terrace and main stand who were so poorly treated at the home game against Stevenage on 23rd March 2019, and our concerns that many innocent and well behaved fans continue to face exclusion from a part of the ground that many of them have stood / sat in for many years; supporting their team both passionately and appropriately. These actions are to clearly highlight our angst at the draconian measures taken and support to ensure that this ridiculous situation is rectified as soon as possible. The article is highlighted in it’s entirety below!
On the 1st April 2019 the Silkmen Supporters Trust (SST) board wrote to the Silkmen hierarchy regarding concerns about the disastrous and completely unnecessary closure of London Road terrace for the home game against Stevenage Boro on Saturday 23rd March 2019 and another lack of / late payment of our amazing players and backroom staff. Within the context of the letter we made it clear that without a satisfactory response, we would consider initiating a request for ALL volunteers to withhold the labour that they currently freely provide to the club, and withdrawal of all financial support from the SST and Super Silk Lotto to the club until a prompt and successful resolution of these issues.
The SST board met on Monday 8th April 2019 for their monthly meeting where we discussed the subsequent responses from major shareholder Amar AlKadhi, and as a consequence the following was agreed:
- It is NOT currently in the best interests of Macclesfield Town Football Club at such a crucial time in our season to encourage / facilitate withdrawal of volunteer labour that could lead to cancellation of a forthcoming English Football League (EFL) game at the Moss Rose. This could also potentially lead to the possibility of fines and points deduction that could seriously jeopardise our future in the EFL, and also potentially contribute to further cash flow problems that could result in late / non payment of our fantastic players, management and backroom staff of this wonderful club of ours.
- There will be an immediate suspension of the £500 per month contribution from the Super Silk Lotto and we will not currently respond to any requests to the SST and Lotto for financial support to the club. This suspension of financial support will remain in situ until the ludicrous situation surrounding London Road (which has caused unnecessary angst and upset for so many of our decent law abiding supporters) is resolved, and there are assurances from the Silkmen hierarchy that the late payment of the players, management and backroom staff will nor recur.
- The SST board have provided their backing for a PEACEFUL protest march from Macclesfield Town Hall to the Moss Rose stadium prior to the home game against Newport County on Monday 22nd April 2019 (Easter Monday) to facilitate the opportunity for Silkmen fans to highlight their anger and frustration regarding what occurred in the London Road side of the stadium on March 23rd 2019 and since this date.
- The organisers of the march would love to see Silkmen fans of any age, sex or demographic to attend the march, and have provided assurances to the SST board that they been in contact with the police regards to the planned march. Close adherence to every aspect of information / guidance received by police and other agencies (as apposite) will be undertaken by the organisers of the march. This is a PEACEFUL march to help to visibly demonstrate the hurt and outrage that the closure of London Road has caused to so many decent and well behaved supporters within that side of the stadium. For any further information on the event please search in Facebook for ‘March on the Moss’.
Chairperson of the Silkmen Supporters Trust