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The Charitable Fund Proposal

Over the past few weeks we have seen a small, but significant shift in the battle for our beloved club. Results have taken a turn for the better, attitudes in the press have started to shift away from the fans and more towards the owners, as have the protests themselves.

Jerome Anderson's interview with Sky Sports was a PR disaster, a letter from the Walker Trust era's board was leaked that gave a true insight into just what things were like at Ewood 12 months ago, and perhaps most damning of all for the owners, an article in the Economic Times in India last week was absolutely scathing in their analysis of what has gone wrong for Venkys in football

Perhaps, just perhaps this is the beginning of the end for Venkys, but they need a viable option to get them out, and that's where Dan Grabko's plan for a Blackburn Football Charitable Fund might just come in.

Dan has spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks putting together a business plan that would see Rovers taken over by a Trust, set up & paid for by fans with the sole purpose of providing funding to run the football club year on year so that we never again have to go cap in hand to a 3rd party for money.

The plan makes fascinating reading, and right now strikes me as the best hope of seeing the back of Venky's.

You can download a copy of the latest version of this work in progress from the BFCF website, I suggest you do that now, even if you have read it already, it will have been updated. Go and read it again, then come back.

Done that? Did you leave Dan some feedback? Thanks.

Alongside the BFCF website is a market research survey that I encourage ALL Rovers fans to fill in, no matter what you think of the plan, it's just as important to fill in if you don't like that idea as it is if you love it.

Please send the details from these two websites to your friends & family, take details of the website to the next match or give them out in the pub, we need everyone to know about so we stand as good a chance as possible of making something happen.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 30 2012

Time: 9:25AM

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30/01/2012 09:32:00

Some real thought put into this idea - will be interesting to see if it takes off but it is well worth your time and consideration.
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30/01/2012 09:34:00

It seems like a long shot, but this is pretty much how every club in the Bundesliga is run, and while there are some examples of it turning sour and the club being in debt, it's for the same reasons as clubs get into debt now, rather than a failing of the model. I really hope it takes off and with your help VB, it can. Please take a couple of minutes to fill in the market research mentioned in the article.
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30/01/2012 10:06:00

I have just taken a look on the first side, and I will leave this comment as well to Dan, but is the John Williams mentioned at the front of the material, THE john williams (former chairman)?
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30/01/2012 10:18:00

Lovely idea but its a long shot
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30/01/2012 11:30:00

Filled in and I am more than willing to pay money into rovers for this cause :D
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30/01/2012 12:41:00

@the-one-and-only-mar it would be much less of a long shot if everyone who said it was a long shot got behind the idea ;-)
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30/01/2012 13:19:00

Great idea, but with the ridiculous costs of running a football club these days I would imagine unless we can get a very wealthy consortium on board it would be too big of an ask getting the required numbers. The town or club just isn't big enough to convince enough people to put their cash into it IMHO.
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30/01/2012 14:10:00

@Riisenholt - Yes, it is the former Chairmen, but I'm not sure if he's been given it to look at. I only have indirect contact to him, i.e. a mutual contact. @Rye - The cost are high, and a combination investment is most likely the way to go, but as long as the fund and company structure itself remains intact, a supporters-led ownership is very possible! This needs exposure and drive. If it gets off the ground, there will be a guaranteed snowball effect amongst Rovers all over the world who care and are sick about the current predicament we find ourselves in. This is the only real way out that allows us to not ever be reliant on the whims of a fickle owner, and that will ensure that whoever does come in next will not be one of the many hovering vultures watching out for clubs in trouble, the likes of which have happened to Portsmouth, for an example.
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30/01/2012 14:29:00

@DLG If you could get some "approval" by either John W or Tom Finn it would make a better case, as I think those two stand for something most BRFC fans would like again. Cheers
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30/01/2012 15:04:00

@Riisenholt - That's why John's name is on the proposal - I have it on good authority he would be interested in seeing it, and I hope he has already had a chance to briefly review it. As for Tom Finn, I am pretty sure he has either read the proposal, and is at least aware of the site - he followed me on Twitter with no solicitation on my part.
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30/01/2012 15:25:00

@Rye, Blackburn might not be that large, but there are 3 teams in the Bundesliga that are comparable to Blackburn in size, and 3 or 4 more than arn't much bigger. And don't forget our massive following in India thanks to Venkys ... oh.
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