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Argyle fans fear for club’s future

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Argyle Fans’ Trust has called an emergency meeting to take place tomorrow (Saturday 13th August) with fans fearing their club is teetering on the brink of existence. Potential new owner Peter Ridsdale will appear at the Save Our Club meeting along with the club’s joint administrator Brendan Guilfoyle.

Save Our Club will run from 11.30am – 1pm at the Pavilions in Plymouth city centre. All fans are welcome.

On Wednesday Guilfoyle took Bishop International Limited (BI) – the company hoping to buy Argyle’s Home Park – to court in order to try and force them to pay around £230,000 in wages. While Guilfoyle lost the case he says he has received assurances from BI that they still wish to purchase Home Park in a deal that would see Ridsdale become the club’s new owner.

Yesterday the BBC reported that staff and players at the club had again waived their wages in a bid keep the club afloat. Argyle players have not been paid in full since the turn of the year while other staff members have only received one full wage packet during that same time.

A statement on the Argyle Fans’ Trust website, says: “Things are changing so rapidly, almost by the hour. The importance of Saturday morning is that Friday’s deadline to… Bishop International will have passed [BI has an exclusive contract to take control at Argyle which expires today].

“We need to know, from the administrator and the man in charge of our club, what the exact situation is. With hundreds of Argyle supporters in the hall, we can hear it from the horse’s mouth and decide together on next actions.”

Online Argyle fans’ forum PASOTI has also launched a petition appealing to the club’s administrators not to put Argyle into liquidation should the current BI bid fail. The creators say their petition is not opposed to BI, they just wish to point out to the club’s administers that “a viable alternative” exists should the BI move collapse.

You can sign the petition, which is almost halfway to its 5,000 target, here.

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