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Stags fans urged to join chairman protest
CHAD website, 01 February 2006

TEAM Mansfield are calling on Stags fans to march on Field Mill on Saturday and back their campaign against Mansfield Town chairman Keith Haslam.
The supporters' group have been organising various protests over the chairman's personal loan account from the club for several months now.
And they are hoping this will be the biggest show of support for their protests yet.
TEAM Mansfield and the chairman disagree strongly over just what percentage of the Field Mill faithful support the campaign.
So Saturday could be key to its future.
Fans are asked to congregate at Mansfield Civic Centre at noon for a series of speeches and to sign a petition before marching on Field Mill for the crucial Macclesfield Town game (3pm).
The petition will call for:

Mr Haslam to repay all personal loans' taken from Mansfield Town Football Club Limited in contravention of Section 330 of The Companies Act and Clause 10.1 of the Shareholders' Agreement with Team Mansfield Supporters Society Ltd.
Loans to be repaid with his own personal funds, not through a dividend payment.

To repay all loans advanced to Stags Limited on an interest free basis, used to enable Stags Limited to purchase land that MTFC has seen no benefit for.
Funds to come from Stags Ltd or the land to be transferred to MTFC.

To use his much publicised, but as yet unpublished restructuring plans to reduce his shareholding in MTFC to below 50 per cent and to appoint a Supporter Director.

To resign as Chairman and Chief Executive of the club.
TEAM Mansfield are hoping to set up the chance to sign the petition on line through http://www.stagsnet.net for those unable to attend on Saturday.

TEAM Mansfield spokesman Chris Vasper again stressed that the rally and march was in response to 'an overwhelming number of Stags fans expressing their desire to stage a formal protest to convince the current regime at Field Mill that the ongoing protests are not the actions of a vocal minority.'
The theme of the day will be Giving Our Club its Heart Back with the aim of setting out a vision for the club's future.
The meeting will give supporters the opportunity to ask questions of TM and the SSA and various guest speakers will have their say, including a representative of a very successful supporters trust who took over the running of a League club.
The bar at the Civic Centre will be open for a short time during the rally.
And fans joining the protest march are asked by TEAM Mansfield to take along whistles, 'woofer horns', rattles and anything to make a noise with on the route.
"As far as I can remember Mansfield Town fans have never marched on anything before now," said Chris Vasper.
"This is an important chance for them as it's about the future of our football club.
"It's all about getting a message across to the football club that we are not happy about the way it is being run.
"If you have a concern then you have to join us on Saturday.
"It doesn't matter if you agree or disagree with TEAM Mansfield, it will at least show the club that you are not happy with the way things are."
Kick-off in the Follow the Yellow Brick Road fanzine match against Macclesfield's supporters has been brought forward to 10am to allow fans that wish to take part to get the the Civic Centre in time.
Unless Police advise otherwise, the march is scheduled to turn right out of the Civic Centre and down Rosemary Street, passing Stockwell Gate, the Portland Retail Park, Lord Street and Bishop Street, before turning right into Quarry Lane.
The town centre has had to be avoided due to the extensive building work going on.
Chris Vasper stressed that early suggestions of a boycott of the Macclesfield game were not going to be happening.
"Once we get to the ground it will be a case of going in there and getting behind the team in an important game for us," he said.


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