Frank Ormston

One Nil to the Supporters

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The campaign to save York City Football Club is a good example of fans resisting the trend whereby people who own professional football make a financial killing with no regard to fans or players' livelihoods.

Owner Douglas Craig's contempt for the supporters and his refusal to sign up to the Kick Racism Out of Football campaign had combined to make him deeply unpopular with York City supporters. In December Craig announced his intention to sell the club or close it. Days later he revealed that he would sell Bootham Crescent, the club's ground, to house builders for £4.5 million, evict the club and resign from the football league.

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