Dec 10 2013 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
THE Tranmere Rovers Trust are looking to attract bigger investors into the campaign to win control of the League One club.
They have announced a new “Platinum Option” package, offering supporters prepared to invest a minimum of £3000 a range of potential exclusive benefits, should they be successful in taking Tranmere into community ownership.
The Trust, seeking to raise enough money from supporters to table a bid to controlling shareholder Peter Johnson, had previously offered donation packages starting at £300 (Gold Option), and £50 (Basic Option) as well as a Corporate Option for a minimum investment of £500.
Now they want to offer a deal designed to bring on board individuals prepared to commit larger sums to the project.
The potential benefits of the Platinum Option include the chance to travel to a match on the team coach once a season, invitations to events such as a private tour of the training ground and the opportunity to have a squad number and be a director for a day.
Platinum members will also enjoy the benefits accessed by Gold members, including a vote giving them a direct say in the running of the club.
Trust chairman Ben Harrison said: “These platinum packages will reward those who are able to invest significantly in our campaign, while also maintaining a one member, one vote ethos.
“Regardless of an individual’s level of investment, all members will have the same voice and the same opportunities to make themselves heard.”
Harrison added: “For all football fans, there are parts of their club that will always hold a mystical quality. Through platinum membership, we are giving those who are able to a unique opportunity to experience aspects of their club that only the chosen few are ever fortunate enough to experience.
“Through Trust ownership, the privileges of membership regardless of the level of investment will give supporters true access to those entrusted with taking their club forwards, from the players and manager to the club and Trust board.”
The Trust’s fund-raising campaign was given a boost last month when Johnson, the multi-millionaire businessman who has owned Tranmere since 1987, disclosed he was prepared to write off £5 million worth of historical debt owed to him by the club. It means funds raised by fans towards a successful buy-out could be injected into the club.
However, Johnson’s generous gesture is also an encouragement for other potential buyers negotiating with the Tranmere board.
These other parties have yet to reveal who they are and what plans they have for the club.
Like the Trust, they have signed non-disclosure agreements with the club regarding the negotiations.
Johnson has, however, indicated on a number of occasions over the past 10 years that he is seeking to hand Tranmere over to new owners who have the long-term security of his home town club at heart.
The Trust’s Platinum membership is available to those who have not yet invested and those who are already Basic or Gold members and wish to upgrade.
Harrison added: “Although platinum packages are available from £3,000, we’re urging supporters to contribute as much as they can. Indeed, we would like to hear from anyone interested in making a substantial investment so we can discuss further details of the packages available to those who make the highest contributions to our campaign.”
Platinum membership is available by bank transfer or cheque.
All benefits offered are subject to the Trust taking over Tranmere Rovers. Full details can be found by visiting www.tranmereroverstrust.co.uk.