Update from discussion with Norman Smurthwaite

On Monday evening Acting Chair Mark Axon spoke with Norman Smurthwaite (Boro Stadium Ltd owner) about the current situation at the Football Club in light of Nicky Eaden’s article in the Non-League Paper. The Co-Op are aware of the difficulties Nicky, Lee and the team have had on and off this season, and can only praise their efforts in incredibly challenging circumstances. The same can be said of the clubs off field staff who are working tirelessly in running the club. In addition to this, the Co-Op have seen that the relaunched Academy is picking up some promising results and scholars. Mark highlighted the work of Boro fans volunteering on match days and during the week, and Norman was grateful for their efforts.

Norman shared his concerns for the future of the Football Club, and said that any potential new owners/investors would need to see an increase in support coming through the turnstiles at tonight’s home game against York City and on Saturday 20th October versus Bradford (Park Avenue). He echoed Nicky Eaden’s concerns raised in the Non-League Paper and felt that the Boro’ was at a critical stage in its future. Norman explained that he was trying to help the Football Club as best as he could, but is bound by the rules of the League/FA, who he states he has already been reprimanded by and is waiting for them to review this. After comments made to Co-Op members suggesting Lee Thorn is no longer the owner of Boro Leisure, Norman told Mark that Mr Thorn is still the owner.

Mark shared with Norman the Co-Op’s view that there is a sizeable interest in the Boro in the town and area, however the football club needed clear leadership and to re-engage with the town, its businesses and community. Mark underlined the Co-Op’s commitment to help in any way they can to help the Club move forward. If any Boro fans would like to help and join us please contact us via social media or on info@nbfccoop.co.uk

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