MTFC FOR SALE. HASLAM OUT
Footage of fly-past from BBC East Midlands Today, 10 March 2007: click here (file is 5 Mb)
Stags' fans protest in the skies!
CHAD website, 10 March 2007
Protesting Mansfield Town FC fans took their campaign to remove Stags' owner Keith Haslam to the skies.
They organised a fly-past at this afternoon's big derby clash with local rivals Notts County.
A banner behind the plane that flew over Meadow Lane before kick-off proclaiming 'MTFC for Sale. Haslam Out'.
Stags Fans For Change (SFFC), an independent protest group of Mansfield Town supporters, arranged the unusual protest, which attracted great interest from the thousands of travelling fans.
A spokesman said: "Keith Haslam keeps saying he is willing to sell the club, but does nothing to advertise the fact that it is up for sale, so we decided to help him."
SFFC has been actively campaigning to get Mr Haslam to sell the club and conducted a survey earlier this year among fans. Almost 1,600 of them said they wanted to see the club's owner leave Field Mill.
Mr Haslam has come under sustained fire for his handling of the club's affairs, including the taking of £500,000 director's loan that breached company law at a time when the Stags was desperate for investememt.
New chairman James Derry has said that it is now difficult to get investment into the club because of Mr Haslam's poor reputation.
SFFC stated that it has been actively seeking potential buyers for the club and speaking with potential investors who have expressed an interest in buying a football club.
"It is clear that the majority of Stags' fans don't want Mr Haslam in charge of their club any longer. The club claims that advertising the club for sale nationally risks tempting a London buyer who will only be interested in asset stripping the club.
"But what has Mr Haslam done to invest in the club? Where are our training facilities, reserve team, supporters' facilities and best players that we have nurtured? What assets have we left to strip after 14 years of Keith Haslam?," said an SFFC spokesperson.
Look out for pictures on BBC East Midlands Today on Monday.
After the game, chairman James Derry told listeners he took it with a pinch of salt!
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