Progress Update – Monday, 2nd March 2015

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Last week was a busy one for Leeds Fans LLP. We had a very positive start to the week when we launched our film showing how much we’ve achieved in a very short space of time. We received very positive feedback from everywhere, including Andrew Umbers, Chairman of Leeds United who told Dylan he thought it was “a very good film”.

While the Russell Crowe activity did raise our profile even more, it’s important to note that he’s one of many people that we’re in touch with about fan ownership. Sharon and Dylan have a meeting in Scotland on Monday with the team behind Rangers First, where we will talk through all of their activity and learn more about how they went about things at Rangers. While our model will be different to theirs, they’ve gained a lot of experience and knowledge in the year since they launched and their knowledge will be very valuable for us.

Our Financial, Legal and Infrastructure teams are doing fantastic work behind the scenes, and we are now working closely with the legal team that delivered £2.5m to FC United of Manchester. We should be able to share a confirmed finance model soon, and at this stage we know that the vehicle will be totally unique and bespoke for the specific needs of Leeds United.

We had coverage in nearly every single national newspaper last week as well as most of the local Yorkshire media – Look North, BBC Radio Leeds, the YEP and Radio Aire all covered the Russell Crowe story, but importantly got our messages across about the importance of fan ownership and the work we are doing. We’ve contacted the South Sydney Rabbitohs to try and track down the 6 part show that Russell mentioned in his tweets, and will add these to the site once we get them. Russell is back in the UK next month and we will try to get a face to face to see if we can get something more concrete from him.

Last week we were very encouraged by the results of the LUST survey that showed only a tiny 4% of their members would not support the work of Leeds Fans LLP. LUST are one of many fan groups that we will be working with on our fundraising but it’s very good to hear such a big majority are in favour of what we are doing.

Finally, Dylan has accepted the invitation of Andrew Umbers to be his guest in the Director’s Box on against Ipswich on Wednesday. On the Leeds United ownership front, it is impossible to be certain of the meaning of Mr. Cellino’s press release on Tuesday. It just adds to the urgency of our task, as we really can’t be sure what will happen in April – but whatever the circumstance, we do need to be sitting on a significant cash sum to make sure our voice is heard.

Thanks for all your continued support.

Steve, Dylan, Petter, Brendan and Sharon