North Queensland Fury Supporters face a nervous wait to find out if their beloved club will remain in the Hyundai A-League for the 2010/11 football season.
Townsville City Council is currently awaiting a proposal from the Townsville based club so that a decision can be made as to wether or not the council will provide financial assistance to the club.
The club has been given until the 31st of March 2010 to come up with a business plan that outlines where they will source the $2.5M needed to retain their A-League licence.
Spokesperson for the newly formed group that are attempting to raise the money, Glenys Shuntner, says that the sponsorships are progressing well with the recent addition of five as yet unnamed local businesses as sponsors.
The intention of the previously sole owner Don Matheson, was always to open up the ownership of the club to the wider community, stating that the future stability of the club was best served by this community ownership model.
Local supporters of the Fury have made a call to their fellow football supporters to come to their aid.
F-Troop co-founder, Paddy, says that a petition has been raised and that the signatures of fellow football supporters from all around the country are being sought and will help to convince the Townsville City Council to vote in favour of providing the financial assistance the club so desperately needs to stay afloat.
Paddy said, “Football fans are travelling fans, probably more so than any other sport, Council knows this and I’m sure they will take notice of other clubs fans lending their support.” He went on to say, “Travelling fans mean money injected into the Townsville economy, which is important for the growth of the city.”
The other clubs of the A-League are also requested to provide a link on their website and forums to help their members to participate. Bomber, another co-founder of the F-Troop said, “We have been speaking to many other members of A-League clubs via forums and there is a real concern that these financial problems could affect anorther club as well so they are keen to be involved.”
The petition can be found at the link below:
Fury Supporters Petition