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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 06:32 GMT
Fans' website to seal Fleet deal
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Ebbsfleet United are chasing a play-off place
Members of fans' website MyFootballClub will formally complete the takeover of Blue Square Premier side Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday.

In January more than 18,000 members voted on the 635,000 takeover, with 95.8% backing the Kent club's purchase.

The deal is believed to represent the first website-community takeover of a football club or business in the world.

Members will be able to vote on team selection, player transfers as well as other decisions affecting the club.

MyFootballClub has more than 28,000 members, spread over 80 countries.

In November, MyFootballClub announced it had reached agreement with Ebbsfleet - known as Gravesend & Northfleet until last summer - to buy control of the club.

Each of its members have paid 35 to provide a 700,000 takeover pot and, after the majority backed the move to acquire a 75% controlling stake, they will all own an equal share in the club.

The first Internet team selection is scheduled to take place in March.

Last week Ebbsfleet announced sportswear manufacturer Nike will manufacture home and away strips from next season after 91.26% of the 13,809 members voted to accept their offer to supply kit and merchandise.

MyFootballClub website
MyFootballClub members could be in control of team selection

"It's a wonderful opportunity for the club," said Brian Kilcullen, who will take over as interim chairman from club chairman Jason Botley.

"It's been great to see Ebbsfleet fans and new supporters from around the world coming together, both at Stonebridge Road and online."

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They are ninth in the Blue Square Premier, eight points off a play-off place for entry to the Football League.

The Financial Services Authority has approved the setting up of the MyFootballClub Trust to safeguard members' interests in the eventuality of the club running into financial difficulties.

SEE ALSO
Fan website agrees club takeover
13 Nov 07 |  Ebbsfleet United
Sullivan wary of website takeover
13 Nov 07 |  Birmingham City
Fans' website could save Halifax
03 Sep 07 |  Halifax Town
Long upset as Fleet bow out again
28 Oct 07 |  Ebbsfleet United
Travel problems affect Ebbsfleet
30 Sep 07 |  Ebbsfleet United
Fans close in on club takeover
02 Aug 07 |  Football
Takeover website brings in Fiddy
30 May 07 |  Football
Gravesend announce change of name
02 May 07 |  Ebbsfleet United
Fans given club takeover chance
01 May 07 |  Football


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