Motherwell FC ownership changes hands

Last updated : 30 January 2015 By Firparkcorner

An announcement from Fir Park on Friday afternoon let us know that the deal was complete and that loans are in place to provide working capital  to become one of the best-run community owned football clubs in Scotland.

Les has been in and around the club this week meeting the staff.  No doubt he'll take a bow before kick off tomorrow.

On the MFC site Hutchison is quoted,  “I’m very pleased today that we have begun this new chapter of Motherwell Football Club’s history.

“Hopefully we can change the agenda of the club. By my involvement it is now more of a philanthropic and community-based activity.

“The objective and the agreement that is in place with the fans is that in five years or less we make the improvements that are needed at the Club, that we move it into the position of being financially self-funded and then migrate the ownership to the ‘Well Society.

“I am extremely pleased with the Community Trust which operates from the Club, who assist some 35,000 local people in all sorts of ways such as kids at school, teens into football, ladies football, basketball and walking football for people my age. Some great work I am keen to encourage and support.

“During the time I am not taking any money out of the Club and none of the directors are taking any money.”

Mr Hutchison has appealed to Motherwell fans to back the project any way they can, for example by considering using the Club’s facilities for functions.

“The clear message which has to go to fans and sponsors and to everybody associated with the Club and community is that this project will not succeed without their active involvement,” he said.

“If we can have lots and lots of people involved in a small way then we can achieve our objectives.”

Hutchison's interview on MFCTV

The club will now have 'Well Society chairman Brian McCafferty taking the chair at club board meetings aided by Derek Weir and Jim McMahon.  New directors have been appointed, Ian Reid, Peter Kellie and Leanne Thomas, who is Mr Hutchison’s daughter.

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