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Stirling Albion fans vow to work with new owner

Stirling Albion chairman Peter McKenzie
Peter McKenzie is understood to be in talks with a private buyer

Fans hoping to buy Stirling Albion have said they would work with any new owners of the football club.

The comments from Stirling Albion Supporters Trust came amid reports the club's current owner Peter McKenzie was in talks with a private buyer.

Fans set the trust up in May to raise funds to buy the team. Their subsequent offer was rejected.

But Paul Goodwin, from the trust, said he would be "delighted" if another buyer could be found.

"Our stated objective is that we want long term stability for the club.

"If there's a deal then we'll be delighted. And we'll be delighted for Peter McKenzie as he's bank-rolled the club for a long time."

We would want some boardroom recognition before we parted with any money
Paul Goodwin
Stirling Albion Supporters Trust

Mr Goodwin said he hoped that any new buyer would contact the supporters trust, which now has over 2,000 members.

He told BBC Scotland the organisation would consult its members on what should happen next, but said he would want to approach any new owners to buy a stake in the club - if they were prepared to involve the community more.

"The club has become disenfranchised from the community for a long, long time," he said.

"We would want some boardroom recognition before we parted with any money."

Mr Goodwin said they would also want to talk to new owners about guaranteed disability access and girls football at the club.

The campaign to buy Stirling Albion has attracted the support of more than 2,000 fans and such sporting luminaries as Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Murray, whose grandfather once played for the team.

Those behind the campaign are aiming to make the club the first UK league team to be 100% owned by football fans.

A spokeswoman for Peter McKenzie said he was unavailable to comment on the reports he was in talks with a buyer for the club.



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