Worksop Town are working hard to attract 500 individuals and businesses who will help save the club from extinction.
A steering group has been set up, under the guise of the #Team500 Club, in response to the dire financial situation facing Tigers since the departure of sole backer Jason Clark last month.
Although Clark left Worksop Town debt free, and vowed to write off the £550,000 he pumped into the club, they were left largely penniless and in need of funding in order to continue.
The hope is that Tigers will become self sufficient and fan driven.
The #Team500 Club mission statement is as follows: “To gain 500 members to donate £200 to create a financial fund to allow Worksop Town FC to continue fielding a team in a league that will be announced by the FA.”
“The members will be able to receive discounts and offers from the businesses that have joined the #Team500 Club, this will then allow for the advertisement of local businesses and help to boost the local economy.”
“The Worksop Town FC Supporters Trust, who are founders of the #Team500 Club, are a volunteer group of supporters who are attempting to maintain the financial integrity of the football club.”
Their aim is to raise £50,000 before the end of July, to allow Worksop Town to start the new season.
And before the end of September they hope to have raised £100,000.
Money donated by individuals and businesses will go to the Supporters Trust, who will in turn finance the football club.
In return, members will receive a season ticket for the new season, and discounts from participating local firms.
Their names will be listed in the Worksop Guardian each week as the ‘roll of honour’ grows.
Any business who agrees to become a member and pays their £200 membership fee can contact the Worksop Guardian on 01909 543030 to have their logo placed in next week’s paper free of charge.
Businesses will also benefit from advertising in a new fanzine and on social media.
Those firms who have already signed up include N&J Catering, Cutting Edge Barbers, Dave Manifield Painting and Decorating and the Grafton Pub.
Bassetlaw Council have pledged their support, and have agreed to host an application form on their website.
Alternatively, anyone wishing to join the membership scheme can visit the Guardian office to ask for a form.
Enquiries can also be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07855045828.
And in the coming weeks, the Worksop Guardian will join forces with the #Team500 Club to host a market stall in the town centre, to get word out to the general public, sign up new members and answer any questions on the scheme.
Tom Matthews, part of the steering group behind the initiative, encouraged fans to sign up and back the plan to save the club – regardless of what league Tigers find themselves in next season.
“For all the people who worry or doubt about next season – if you don’t sign up we won’t have a league to play in,” he said.
“No matter what league we play in we will have exciting football. “But people need to sign up now.”