The supporters’ trust for Northampton Town Football Club is calling on legal and financial experts to offer their services during a crucial fortnight for Cobblers.
The trust has now raised nearly £14,000 in its bid to stop the League Two side from going into liquidation.
The money may be used to purchase a healthier share for the trust, or help pay for costly legal fees if it needs to sign a new shareholders agreement in the future.
But a statement published on the trust’s website also called on those who can offer expertise to step forward.
It read: “We want people to come forward who can offer professional advice. We need the advice of lawyers, accountants, insolvency experts, campaign funders, graphic designers and people who know how to use social media and can communicate effectively. All of these skills will be vital to the Trust in the next few weeks.
“We are not a closed shop or a clique - we are Cobblers’ fans who want as many other fans to be involved as possible, especially if they are experts in the fields mentioned above.”
A winding up petition against Northampton Town is set to be heard in the High Court in two weeks’ time. The club owes the taxman £166,000, though last week the club’s chief executive James Whiting said he was hopeful other creditors would not be adding their names to the petition.
While the trust’s statement says a “bona-fide” buyer would be the best outcome for the club, it adds that it would be prepared to work with any administrators to rescue the club - as Northampton Town Football Club Limited – in a new form.
If neither of these outcomes is possible then the trust has also committed to forming a new “phoenix club” for supporters, which would have to start life five divisions below the Cobblers current League Two status.
But interim director Stuart Taylor added: “We have been looking at the various options.
“In the worst case scenario, if the club goes into liquidation, we would be willing to form a new phoenix club from the wreckage.
“We sit ready and willing to work with anybody to ensure the future of the club.
“If that fails we will be willing to go down the AFC Northampton route.”
The trust is encouraging people to attend the special meeting of Northampton Borough Council at the Guildhall tonight at 6pm, which will see councillors debate the current off-the-pitch difficulties at Cobblers.
To donate to the trust in its bid to raise £100,000, head to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ntfctrust
Former Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham is one of the latest to give to the appeal, in memory of its founder Brian Lomax.
To offer services or expertise to the trust, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.