More Worries For Stirling Albion
Updated Monday, 18th May 2009
Can Stirling Albion be saved with the might of the Inland Revenue calling for their 41k pounds of flesh.
|The BBC reported the other day that Stirling Albion were in danger of heading into administration over an unpaid tax bill of £41k. This is not the kind of news that Paul Goodwin from BuyStirlingAlbion wanted to hear. The campaign to buy the club from current owner Peter McKenzie under the banner of the Stirling Albion Supporters Trust was going to be hard enough without the Inland Revenue adding their bill to the pile. The ambitious target of 20,000 members to join the Trust with £40 a go may have to be increased as other bills may appear along the way. Goodwin said: "Support is growing but we are looking at a year long campaign to get us over the finishing line. For example we have not even started on line community work yet and have had a good response."|
The campaign looks slick enough with a website www.BuyStirlingAlbion.org.uk and backing from the likes of Manchester United's Ronaldo. While some may think this is just a marketing ploy, including myself, Goodwin was at pains to confirm the accuracy of the claim saying: "We have a stack of campaign backers etc waiting in the wings a huge PR programme with loads of excitement over the coming months. The quote from Ronaldo was accurate (as you can't use him without his blessing) and as you will hear when I am on 5 live this week when I am on with Peter Allen who said to me that we just gave Ronaldo a membership…. I now have an email from Ronaldo who has told me he is sending his cheque once he gets a few more pressing engagements out of the way."
The prospect of a white knight or knights arriving to save the day for Albion does not look promising as the club has been effectively up for sale for some time. With no assets to speak of, and in the current financial climate, they do not look to be an attractive investment. It looks like it will be down to fans of football who will be able to save the club from disappearing off the football map of Scotland
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