Founding members resign from Hearts fan group

Alex Mackie, pictured, and Donald Ford have resigned from the board of the Foundation of Hearts. Photograph: Ian Georgeson
Alex Mackie, pictured, and Donald Ford have resigned from the board of the Foundation of Hearts. Photograph: Ian Georgeson
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TWO of the founding members of the fans group bidding to take control of Hearts have resigned from the board.

Alex Mackie and Donald Ford have resigned from the board of the Foundation of Hearts (FoH) just one week before the fans’ alliance hope to seal a deal to exit the Tynecastle club from administration.

Edinburgh-based businessman Mackie and club legend Ford were founding members of FoH in 2010 but have become increasingly peripheral figures as the group has expanded.

The nine-man board now includes representation from the the Federation of Hearts Supporters Clubs, the Heart of Midlothian Shareholders Association, the Heart of Midlothian Supporters’ Trust, Hearts Youth Development Committee and Save Our Hearts.

Four business figures, led by independent chairman Ian Murray MP, also hold positions.

With a creditor’s meeting scheduled set for November 22, in which FoH will attempt to pass a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), they were last night adamant that the resignation of Mackie and Ford will do nothing to derail their bid to secure the club’s future next Friday.

Ford, 69, has been a galvanising figure for supporters due to his 367 appearances for the club and force of personality, but it is understood he has not been able to attend a FoH meeting in over a year due to his own business interests and the fact he is based in Carnoustie.

Mackie, meanwhile, has been invested in this intensive project for over three years and has decided now is the time to take a step back.