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Seven directors of Lincoln City Supporters' Trust resign

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 08, 2014

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Seven directors of the Lincoln City Supporters' Trust Board have resigned with immediate effect.

In a joint statement on the trust's website, the seven members say they took the decision following "negative campaigning" and "intolerable pressure."

They are Lesley Barker, Andrew Blow, Elaine Elvidge, Neil Ferguson, Helen Jacobs, Fran Martin and Secretary Geoff Forbes.

The statement, which is dated Friday, June 6, reads: "All of us who serve on the Trust Board are volunteers. Some directors have felt under attack for several years.

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"They have experienced personal attacks and been the subject of various allegations concerning their individual personal integrity.

"Confidential Information has been leaked (on social media sites) making it very difficult for the board to operate effectively.

"Trust board members do not defend themselves on these sites, as to do so would be in breach of the confidentiality agreement drawn up at the Trust’s inception. This agreement has been entered into by all members of the Trust board.

"Some directors have also been subjected to ongoing barrages of emails despite reasonable requests that this should cease."

The statement goes on to say that the 'unjustly maligned' trust has successfully raised £1,600 in addition to funds raised by the successful Gold Members section.

It concludes: "The Trust Directors resigning today are all volunteers who have the best interests of Lincoln City Football Club at heart.

"They all lead lives away from the club with their own personal pressures and challenges.

"It is in that context that this decision has been made today. It has not been made lightly.

"But enough is enough. Every one of them will continue to support their beloved Imps."

Lincoln City Supporters Trust Board is due to hold its annual meeting on June 30th.

The full statement can be found on www.impstrust.co.uk

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  • Mikecadwel  |  June 09 2014, 10:24AM

    In reply to Keith's post on this site , I as a season ticket holder ( while not in the know about the real reasons why the trust has gone downhill ) would like to state that I am not in the least bit surprised to hear it is about finished ! None of the so called benefits of being a member are of any interest to me and the only reason I paid my money into it was because I thought I was helping the club a bit more financially . Even if it was to be rescued in the future it would be one member less unless they could convince me about the benefits of belonging to it . At the moment my season ticket renewal will have to suffice , and I look apron it as saving £ 15 . Regards Mike Cadwell

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  • KeithRoe  |  June 08 2014, 3:28PM

    Has the article 'Seven directors of Lincoln City Supporters' Trust resign' been investigated by any of your staff regarding whether or not is it correct. You have many contacts, including some of the 11 others who have resigned since the 2013 Trust AGM who would give you a response. The article is incorrect, full of 'holes' and with your investigatory skills there would be no difficulty in producing a full article on the demise of the Trust and the real reasons why. Publishing the full details would no doubt sell a few more Echo's, re-ignite the Lincoln City Supporters Trust and raise a significant amount of money for the Club. The Echo have been major sponsors of the Club over many years and are in an excellent position to help the Club, by publishing the true account of what went wrong with the Trust, which used to be the voice of the fans and the community at large.

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