Aug 23 2012 By Lizzie Smith
KILLIE fans have set the ball rolling on a community buyout of their beloved club.
Members of Kilmarnock Supporters’ Supporters Ltd (Killie Trust) established a Community Ownership Group (COG) Fund during a special meeting after Saturday’s game.
More than 100 fans agreed to fundraise with a view to buying shares in Rugby Park.
“We are not trying to own the club,” said the Trust’s chairman Barry Richmond.
“We want to buy shares with a view to becoming a majority shareholder somewhere down the line.
“We would look to form a new board working in one big partnership with local businesses and the community.”
He added: “The Killie Trust are looking to increase their membership to get as many fans involved as we can.”
No figure has yet been given that the fans would need to raise. Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston is currently the club’s majority shareholder.
Kilmarnock and Loudoun MP Cathy Jamieson, a lifelong Killie fan and season ticket holder, is backing the community buyout.
Cathy, who attended the meeting, said: “It is not about getting rid of anyone but about giving fans a voice on the club board.
“The fans want to raise funds to buy shares. It is a sustainable investment in the future of our club.
“It comes at an important time when there is concern about money and owners in the Scottish game.”
To find out more about the Killie Trust, visit www.killietrust.org