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Rangers Fans Fighting Fund

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Rangers Fans Fighting Fund
Founded14 March 2012
FoundersSandy Jardine (launched)
Walter Smith (launched)
TypeNot-for-profit
FocusPreserving Rangers FC's future
Location
Area served
Rangers Football Club
Key people
Andrew McCormick
(Chairman )
Revenue
GBP 483,144.45[1]

Rangers Fans Fighting Fund is a fan raised fund which was created to aid the daily running costs of Rangers Football Club.[2]

History

The Fund was launched on 14 March 2012 by Rangers legends Walter Smith and Sandy Jardine during the club's administration in order to raise funds to help protect the Club's future.[3][4] The Fund was endorsed by three of the largest Rangers fans groups, namely the Rangers Supporters' Trust, the Rangers Supporters Assembly and the Rangers Supporters Association.[2] In September 2014, the Fund decided to withhold any payments to the club after requesting and failing to receive adequate assurances from the then Rangers board regarding its future plans[5] It had been reported that the Fund was ready to disband and disburse funds to the club.[6] When the Rangers board agreed to grant Mike Ashley's Sport Direct company security over Rangers Training Centre and Ibrox Stadium in January 2015,[7] the Fund pledged £500,000 of its funding to support the Rangers Supporters' Trust's legal battle seeking to prevent the board from doing so.[8]

In February 2016, the Fund revealed plans to provide £450,000 to build a 264-seater stand at the Rangers Training Centre.[9] On 7 December 2017, Rangers were given the go ahead to build the stand and further dressing room facilities, as well as a classroom area and floodlighting.[10]

Governance

The Fund is overseen by a committee of ten individuals, led by a Chairman.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Current Fund". Rangers Fans Fighting Fund. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "About the Fund". Rangers Fans Fighting Fund. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Fighting Fund Launched". Rangers.co.uk. Rangers Football Club. 14 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Rangers Fans Fighting Fund". Rangers.co.uk. Rangers Football Club. 25 March 2015.
  5. ^ Forsyth, Roddy (17 September 2014). "Rangers Fans Fighting Fund withholds funds over concerns for club's future". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group.
  6. ^ Wilson, Mark (18 September 2014). "Rangers Fans Fighting Fund will not give £500,000 to Ibrox board until assurances over club's direction are given". Daily Mail. London: DMG Media.
  7. ^ McLaughlin, Chris (15 January 2015). "Mike Ashley seeks security over Ibrox for £10m loan". BBC Sport. BBC.
  8. ^ Wilson, Richard (21 January 2015). "Rangers fans contribute £500,000 for Ibrox legal fight". BBC Sport. BBC.
  9. ^ Jack, Christopher (19 February 2016). "Rangers Fans Fighting Fund proposes £450,000 Murray Park stand development". The Herald. Glasgow: Herald & Times Group.
  10. ^ "Rangers get go-ahead for new training complex which will have a STAND". The Scottish Sun. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  11. ^ "The Committee". Rangers Fans Fighting Fund. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
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