Black & Gold Statement
Posted on 22/03/2019
In the last 48 hours, Mr Smurthwaite has initiated phone conversations with members of both Black and Gold and the Supporters Club. In these phone calls, Mr Smurthwaite:
● Queried why the SC and B&G were raising money to remove him
● Offered concern that we were asking for money under false pretext
● Claimed he will withdraw all financial support for the club as of 30/4/19, leading to insolvency. This would lead to administration and possible liquidation of Port Vale Football Club. He claimed the protests were causing this, and was going to announce it at the April Supporters Club meeting.
Coming from two independent sources, we take these threats very seriously. We are now working with the relevant organisations in order to address these threats.
We would also like to reiterate all funds donated to the GoFundMe will be used to fund existing and new protest initiatives, and ongoing legal costs. Any excess will be pledged to the new owners of Port Vale. A link to the GoFundMe page is included at the end of this release.
Thank you for your continued patience and support.
Black and Gold