STAGS FANS FOR CHANGE - HASLAM NOT WANTED
Media Release: 26 January 2007
Stags Fans For Change survey initial results suggest Haslam not wanted.
Early results of a survey being conducted by protest group Stags Fans For Change (SFFC) show strong evidence that a large percentage of Stags fans want owner Keith Haslam to sell up and leave Mansfield Town Football Club as soon as possible.
Stags fans were surveyed before and after the game with Walsall last Saturday and were asked two questions:
1. Do you want Keith Haslam completely out of MTFC ASAP?
2. Would you support a one-match boycott?
"We were surprised at the initial results of the survey by Stags fans and by the overwhelmingly positive response we received from the vast majority of fans we spoke to last Saturday. We always thought the strength of feeling against Mr Haslam was substantially more than he has suggested and the results seem to suggest that Mr Haslam needs to rethink his idea about those wanting him to leave are a minority. We will continue with the survey in order to find out how the majority of fans feel about Mr Haslam. We want to hear from all sides of the argument so we can record the feelings of the majority of Stags fans and hope that every Stags fan will take the time to come and sign the survey" said SFFC spokesman, Graham Parker.
The early results of the survey are:
Do you want Keith Haslam Out of MTFC ASAP:
Yes - 618
No - 2
Don't know - 1
Would you support a one match boycott?
Yes - 318
No - 303
The total figure represents more than 25% of the home fans attending the Walsall game.
The survey also asked fans how long they had been surporting the club. Not all fans filled in this section but those that did have been supporting the Stags for more than 14,000 years between them; an average of 22.7 years per fan. Many of those signing the survey said they had been attending Field Mill for 40, 50 and even 60 years in some cases.
SFFC will be taking the survey to the away game at Chester this Saturday and will be outside Field Mill on Tuesday night collecting even more signatures. The group urges all fans, even those staying away from Field Mill to come down and sign the survey. Since the group went public last week it has seen a dramatic interest from people wishing to join. Even though the SFFC will be collecting signatures at the Tuesday night game it will not be staging a vocal protest during the match. It is responding to calls from Manager Billy Dearden for fans to get behind the team during the vital match with Torquay.
"Although we want to see Mr Haslam properly place the club on the market with an appropriate price and saying precisely what is for sale, our support for the team in the fight for League status is unwavering. We call on all fans attending the game to be vocal in their support for the team and to get behind them for the full 90 minutes. We will be demonstrating at other games in a variety of ways but the lads need your support right now," said Graham Parker.
Since the SFFC went public last week lots of fans have been visting its website http://www.stagsfansforchange.co.uk. trying to register and join the group. Membership has nearly trebled in the last week and it is looking for more fans to join.
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