Hibernian Supporters Limited, the vehicle set up to help Hibbies buy a controlling stake in their club, has passed another milestone having signed up its 1000th member.
HSL has revealed supporters now have around a six per cent stake in the Capital club with £200,000 raised since it launched nine months ago while Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster admitted there were a number of players in boss Alan Stubbs’ squad who “wouldn’t be there” but for that money.
But Proclaimer Charlie Reid, one of HSL’s directors, has appealed for thousands more fans to back the scheme, pointing out how around 8200 Hearts supporters are currently contributing about £140,000 a month to their club.
Hibs offered supporters the chance to buy 51 per cent of the club and in so doing raise £2.5 million which, it was promised, would go directly into Stubbs’ budget and although it initially met a measure of opposition,” chairman Kenny McAskill today expressed his “absolute delight” at passing the 1000 member landmark.
And Dempster underlined the importance of their contributions saying: “There is absolutely no doubt that there are a number of players in our present squad who simply would not be here if it were not for the generosity of HSL members. Our original football budget is enhanced by all of these monthly contributions being made.”
However, while welcoming the progress made, Reid said: “From the outset I have pointed out that I believed that this was a great opportunity for Hibs fans to show what they want for their club.
“If we really want this to be our club and have ambitions for our club, now is the time to show that ambition.
“I, too, want to record my thanks to each and every one of those who have joined. I would, however, like to ask the thousands of Hibs fans out there who have not yet joined and are able to do so to think about this now.
“The Hearts guys want their club to get right back to the top of Scottish football and are contributing about £140,000 to the cause. I am hoping we have the same ambition and can get right behind Alan Stubbs and his team.”