ACV not AVB
The concept is gaining momentum not least through Supporters Direct’s motivation. In my tenure as director of Stockport County Supporters’ Co-operative we authorised such an approach to Edgeley Park. It’s fair to say Stockport MBC had no idea what this meant having never faced such a request before. At least there are precedents now including: Oxford United to Liverpool.
The main attraction, in theory, is that “under recent legislation if a stadium gets an ACV designation, and its owners later decide to sell up, they must first offer fan bodies or other community groups first chance to make an offer for the ground.”.
A current collective of County fans has sought to reignite this proposition. Will they beat Manchester United to it? What I require to fully appreciate is what this will ‘fans’ or ‘financiers’ do after any such notification, to fund any alternative holding? It will however, hamper asset stripping.