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Tuesday, 3 April, 2001, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
Fans out to brew up Barr bill
Les Jones, John O'Brien and Gordon Thomson
Les Jones, John O'Brien and Gordon Thomson
Airdrieonians fans have launched a bid to buy a major stake in their club's own stadium.

Pressure group Diamonds Direct Action hope to raise the near 500,000 needed to pay back money owed to the company owned by Ayr United chairman Bill Barr.

The news came as the Scottish Executive announced that it wanted to make it easier for football supporters to become involved in the running of their clubs.

Airdrie have been in provisional liquidation for almost a year, with Barr Construction, who built the club's new stadium, the major unsatisfied creditor.

Now DDA hope that 500 fans will come forward with 1000 each.

No boycott

Spokesman Les Jones told BBC Scotland that 150 fans have so far answered their call.

"We need 500 people willing to invest 1000 each to form a supporters' trust to get the ground back into community ownership," he explained.

Airdrie fans are suspicious of Barr's motives, believing that he prevented Steve Archibald buying out the club as the Ayr man wanted the stadium for his own Division One outfit.

Ayr United chairman Bill Barr
Ayr United chairman Bill Barr
Jones also denied that DDA had organised a boycott of Airdrie games.

Some fans still want Archibald back and have protested against the new management consortium led by Jim Innes.

But Jones insisted that his organisation would back new manager Ian McCall's attempts to save the club from relegation.

Meanwhile, following a meeting with supporters representatives on Monday, Sports Minister Allan Wilson agreed to present proposals for a supporters trusts scheme in the autumn.

It is hoped that, after consultations with the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Football League to give advice and help to fans who want to form supporters trusts.

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