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Dale Trust crowdfunder defends legal action against club and fans

A crowdfunder launched by Rochdale supporters to defend legal action by former club investors has now raised almost £30,000 – and it’s still open for another fortnight for fans who wish to donate.

The fundraiser was launched in January 2022 in response to a legal claim against eight unpaid members of the club’s board, and the Dale Trust, by Morton House MGT. 

“It is alleged by Morton House that the Dale Trust and the board have unlawfully caused prejudice to Morton House as a shareholder in RAFC; something which the Dale Trust and the board strenuously deny,” said Dale Trust.

Back in August 2021 the EFL said that Morton House MGT was “refusing to cooperate with the league’s on-going investigations” into allegations that the group “acquired control of the club”.

This meant that individuals became “relevant persons without the prior consent of the EFL in accordance with the Owners’ and Directors’ Test,” said the EFL.

In January 2022 Andy Curran, who worked as a consultant for Morton House MGT, was suspended from all football activity for 63 days following what the FA said was “improper and/or abusive and/or insulting language” during a meeting in relation to Rochdale.

Dale Trust said: “We believe that this is the first time that any supporters body has ever faced such a legal action and we are calling on the help of football supporters within the UK and from around the world to support us in resisting the claim that has been brought by Morton House which, if successful, could result in it being in a strong position to gain control of Rochdale AFC.

“Governance in football is a huge issue right now with the Tracey Crouch Fan-led Review, and we are of the opinion that the safest future for our beloved club is that it continues to be owned and run by supporters, for the benefit of supporters and the community at large.”

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