Going To The Well: A Unique Opportunity At Motherwell FC

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Kevin Rye says:

    Talk of ‘avoiding the pitfalls’ of the transition to majority supporter ownership like Ebbsfleet United is wide of the mark, as the two are very, very different cases.

    As most now know, Ebbsfleet United was an exceptional case; an experiment in crowdsourcing before crowdsourcing became popularly understood.

    The fact was that My FC was a bit of a punt by someone who had a theory about the wisdom of crowds, and the vast majority of those involved were not fans of the club, rather fans of football attracted by the possibility of being able to pick a team and see if they could do better than the manager. This key promise was something which never happened – thankfully – and which in part led to the massive haemorrhaging of support for it, and arguably their relegation just a season afterwards.

    In respect of Motherwell, what their plan calls for is commitment from the fanbase and community of the club, though one which does have difficulties to get over, as with any takeover of a football club. In fact, a more appropriate best comparison could well be a takeover happening in parallell at Wrexham as we speak (and hopefully complete soon), especially given the thorough job they’re doing on due diligence.

  2. Haywain says:

    “…the model for the success of endeavours such as Supporters Direct is on display at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Once previously at the foot of league football and playing Conference football for a spell…”
    Swansea in the Conference? Are you sure?

  3. Jason says:

    Haywain: Too right you are. There wasn’t automatic relegation previously, and their application to remain to remain in the Football League was successful when they finished near the bottom before. I shall correct.

  4. Jason says:

    Kevin: Thanks for reading. When suggesting Motherwell want to avoid a potential problem in the transition from Boyle to the Well Society, it was more an allusion to being patient & taking the time to raise the 1.5 million desired to prevent any cash flow issues, rather than attempting to compare the two schemes.

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