Hibs fans want Tom Farmer talks in ownership bid

Tom Farmer. Picture: Greg Macvean
Tom Farmer. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Hibs supporters have warned owner Tom Farmer not to “wait for a crisis” to pursue fan ownership, and insisted he should “make good on the promise” to give the club to the community.

Representatives for a group of Easter Road faithful have written to the Hibs owner this week, and said they are looking at fan ownership models from across the UK and Europe, not just across the city at rivals Hearts.

The comments come as former Hearts chairman George Foulkes admitted the Gorgie club were “lucky” to have been given the opportunity for the fans to take over the club – and he felt fan ownership was the “way forward” for Scottish football and could help save the game for supporters who feel priced out of their own grounds.

The high-profile Jambo has hailed the takeover by the fan-led Foundation of Hearts of the Gorgie club, and said more Scottish teams should look to their supporters in difficult financial straits.

Hibs supporters group Hands On Hibs, who are campaigning for fan ownership at Easter Road, said it wanted talks to begin with owner and garage tycoon Tom Farmer.

Spokesman Jim Slaven said: “We want to work with other supporters’ groups and with the club to find the best model for Hibernian FC.

“We’re not waiting on the situation where there’s a crisis at the club. We think now is the time for change.”