Fans and businesses rally round
to raise £50,000 for Terras
By Aaron Hendy
Saturday 12th September 2009
FANS and businesses have rallied round to raise £50,000
to save Weymouth Football Club from administration.
The Terras Saviour 100 scheme has raised the
money after the board set a 10-day deadline to raise the cash.
A cut-off date was originally set for September 8 but the
deadline was extended when the scheme looked like meeting
its target with extra time.
And the board has now sent out a thank-you to the fans, with
two businessman pledging £500 each to help make it to
the 100 mark.
Ian Ridley who has vacated his role as chairman due
to illness called the success of the project overwhelming.
He said: Everyone should be incredibly proud of what
they have achieved in just eight days; both those who have
donated and those who have administered the scheme.
I would also personally like to thank Steve Claridge,
whose appearance last weekend highlighted our plight to a
wide audience that meant we received help from around the
country and abroad as well as boosting our local campaign
over the subsequent few days.
Mr Ridley said meeting the target was a signal of the towns
support for its club.
He said: There are those who think Weymouth FC should
just exist in some minor form or even be quietly allowed to
This shows just how many people out there will not
let that happen while there is breath in their bodies.
It will now be for the board of directors, led by acting
chairman Dave Higson, to meet early next week to consider
the next step and decide on how to spend the money prudently
to keep the club trading while we implement new revenue streams.
We will now do our utmost to ensure that we do not
find ourselves in such a serious position again.
Director Shaun Hennessy said the board will strive to use
the money wisely and hopes creditors will respect where the
money has come from.
He said: This is fantastic and proves the club is some-
thing well worth fighting for.
Now its up to us to establish a way forward.
Weve won the battle but we are still at war.
General Manager Andy Cooke who started the scheme
called the success a fantastic team effort
and wanted to thank everyone who had supported the project.
In a club statement the board praised his efforts and also
thanked Carol Biggs, Tim Davis, Jackie Taylor, Liz Bell, Hilary
Billimore, Dickie Borthwick, Mark Probin and Dave Parsons
for their amazing work.
Stuart Barnes and acting chairman Dave Higson were the final
two saviours who donated cash to reach the target.
All members of the scheme receive two season tickets and
an advertising board as well as being entered into a draw
with 100 sponsorship packages as prizes.
Prizes at the Were Saved celebration in
the Wessex Stadiums Weyline Lounge on September 29 will
include having the stadium renamed and kit sponsorship.
The match sponsorship prize will apply to a later match and
not the St Albans match, due to the date of the draw.