Missing Pars fans urged to return

Gavin Masterton. Picture: SNS
Gavin Masterton. Picture: SNS
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Dunfermline’s stay-away supporters have been told that their backing is now needed more than ever after the Pars finally fought off liquidation.

The Fife outfit was yesterday saved from being wound up after creditors waived their right to 
£10 million of money owed to them.

The club, which had been in administration since March, have struck a 
Company Voluntary 
Arrangement to finally end months of uncertainty.

Drew Main, vice-chairman of the Pars Trust, says another 300 fans are needed to match last year’s 1700 season-ticket sale total.

He said: “We still need more money to come in and people to come and watch us.

“We are budgeting on selling the same number of season tickets as we did last year, which was about 1700. Up until last week 
we were 300 below that target.

“Now we have to continue to raise funds, to be ready for the start of the season, and we need more patrons.

“A lot of people have been waiting on this day. Now we have reached it, these people have to step up to the plate and support the cause.”

Dunfermline were forced to enter administration in a bid to stave off a winding-up order launched after they failed to pay a £134,000 tax bill, but the club can now pass into the control of preferred bidders Pars United.

Gavin Masterton, the club’s former owner, abstained from the CVA vote, effectively giving up his claim to approximately £8.5m owed to him and his companies.

Former Pars player and boss Jim Leishman – who helped front the supporters’ bid – said: “This is a fantastic day.

“There is nothing standing in our way now. Now we have got to make sure we have got sustainability and to ensure we can 
survive going forward.”