Wednesday, 18 November 2009

I met the man behind Stirling Albion fan's take over bid, to talk about Oasis...

'Buystirlingalbion' is a campaign launched by supporters of the 'Binos' (also known by some as the 'Yo Yos' - on account of their frequent leaps between the Scottish leagues) to buy the club from Chairman Peter McKenzine. Created in May of this year, the trust aims at taking the club, currently sliding into financial obsess and putting back in the hands of the community from where it first started.

Supporters can pledge £40 for a say in the future of their beloved side. This donation allows them to cast votes on how the club should be run for a more sustainable financial future. Similar to the mould of non-league Ebbsfleet United (bought through the website,, decisions will be made democratically, however, the footballing side of things will be left to Allan Moore, who under his guidance, has seen Stirling at the right end of the Scottish League 2.

Fronted by Paul Goodwin, the trust had a six figure bid club rejected by chairman McKenzie just 2 months ago, despite having had the club up for sale for 7 years. Paul Goodwin of the trust came and met with me on the Air 3 Sport Show. To hear the interview just head over to and go to listen again.

Paul comes from an incredible marketing background and we spoke at length about the bid and it's current situation. Since the original bid was rejected, a new timeframe for the bid's completion has been put in place for the end of this current footballing campaign (next May). Amongst other topics of conversation regarding the bid was Cristiano Ronald's donation, the fluctuations in value in case of promotion and what new projects were being introduced to speed up the take over process.

We eventually moved onto the topic of music and such which led to the incredible story that whilst head of marketing at HMV, Paul almost completely manufactured the Oasis v Blur rivalry through the fabrication of leaked stories. In an attempt to recreate the Stones v Beatles war of the 60s and 70s, Paul and his HMV colleagues masterminded a fictional furor which captivated most of Britain and epitomized the Britpop era of the 90s.

He also gave me a free 'Buy Stirling Albion' key ring :) - head to the website now to hear the interview.

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