Clarets fans to stage pre-match protest march

Brian Jeeves

Chelmsford City supporters are to stage a peaceful protest march aimed toward under-fire owners, Betsi, ahead of Saturday’s Vanarama National League South opener with St Albans City and the Melbourne Stadium.

More than 500 Clarest fans have already put their names to a petition, urging the clubs’ hierarchy to sell up and now they intend to step up the pressure further with the rally set to get underway at 2pm.

Protests have been growing against the Betsi majority owners – who also own the Chelmsford City Racecourse at Great Leighs – since the end of last season. And following the breakdown of talks with a potential new owner of the club, the official Chelmsford City Supporters’ Club passed a motion of no confidence in the owners at an Extraordinary General Meeting in June.

The Supporters’ Club issued a statement urging supporters to join Saturday’s protest, explaining; “The CCSC still have not heard any update on chairman Steve Shore’s self-imposed deadline of July 4 regarding the takeover talks and still considers Betsi’s duplicity over the three takeover bids to be further proof that the current ownership do not have the best interests of the club at heart. We have already stated that fans need to come to their own decision on whether to enter the ground but we strongly support as minimal an in-ground spend as possible.”

The SC agree with the principles of the protest and urge fans to attend to show their displeasure at the intransigent five-year Betsi tenure. Please try to support those trying hard to make the club a stronger, more inclusive and transparent club with a long-term future [].”

Meanwhile, C4C spokesman Ross Rogers added; “With most of the fan base signing our petition, we now know the vast majority of Clarets just desperately want to see the back of Betsi. There are offers on the table, so we call on Betsi to do the decent thing and sell up.”

“We have an owner we never see and a chairman with little interest in football, which all begs the question – what is their reason for owning our club? It’s time for the stewardship of the club to be passed on to those with a passion for the Clarets.”

Club chairman Steve Shore contacted the YA on August 3 to say that there are no offers on the table for the club at the present time.

Brian Jeeves