ACCRINGTON Stanley fans have set up a "Fighting Fund" as they look to make sure the League Two club doesn’t go out of business.
And Accrington-born businessman Ilyas Khan will kick off the fund with £250,000 - and promised to add another £250,000 next year if the fans group don’t reach their suggested £500,000 target.
This was decided as more than 50 fans attended a meeting at Stanhill Hall, Khan’s Oswaldtwistle house although he is now based in Surrey. The multi-millionaire called a crisis meeting last Friday to talk about the future of the club after a winding up order was issued for failure to pay the Inland Revenue around £300,000 - and the possibility of adminstration.
Then it was imminent although the club has since come up with a plan to pay off the tax bill.
However, the fans still got together to discuss the future of the club and make sure there was always investment there if the club needed it with the "Fighting Fund" - which became a properly established company this week - getting the nod from the supporters.
Cricket supremo David Lloyd - friend to both Khan and Stanley chairman Eric Whalley - plans to be the public figurehead of the fund for a year while a group of three "directors" were to be appointed to oversee activities.
Ideas were put forward for raising funds and one fan had already written off to clubs in the area asking for friendly games with Preston manager Alan Irvine saying he would send a high-class reserve team to the FES.