‘Come to the meeting and get involved’

Worksop Town new manager Mark Shaw
Worksop Town new manager Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw has called on all Worksop Town supporters to attend Friday night’s meeting at The Crossing to get involved with the club’s fundraising campaign.

The Tigers boss, right, believes there are a number of Sandy Lane regulars who are yet to fully back the club in its attempt to secure its history and its future.

He said: “I willb e extremely upset if there isn’t the same number of people at the meeting as at the last meeting, if not more – because it’s back in town and it’s another crisis meeting in my opinion.”

“We need people to get involved, support, help out and say they’re going to take on a role, encourage the people who are doing things already.”

Shaw believes that those with doubts or worries about the club’s infrastructure shouldn’t cloud an issue that he sees as very simple.

“Last time people came and had a bit of a moan, and they wanted to know the facts,” he said.

“Here are the facts – we will be playing at Sandy Lane, we will be playing in the NCEL Premier Division, we will have a new kit and we will have members who have a say in the running of the club.”

“But there aren’t enough people supporting the club, there are supporters who come to games every week who aren’t getting on board to save the club.”

“It might upset people but the reality is that we’re a long way off where we need to be.”

“Next week we’re 30 days in, then we’re just 60 days off the season starting, so we’re 60 days off needing to hit our target of 500 members.”

The Crossing have offered their meeting hall facilities free of charge to the town’s club, for the 7.30pm meeting.

Tom Matthews from the #Team500 Club fundraising steering group said the meeting would be a chance for supporters to find out exactly where the club is in their bid to survive, and have an input into the direction it takes moving forward.

He said: “This meeting will be to update all supporters of the work that #Team500 has done and is doing. “

“There will also be an update on the club’s position and how #Team500 and club are working together to ensure the survival of the club.”

Anyone who has not yet joined #Team500 can join at the meeting, providing they bring their money, and suggestions will be taken on how to raise more funds.”

Since the last public meeting, at the Legion in Langold last month, Tigers have formalised a fundraising campaign called the #Team500 Club and attracted over 140 members – including MP John Mann, council leader Simon Greaves, sporting luminaries, local firms and individuals.

The goal is to raise £100,000 to safeguard the club’s existence and build for the future.