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Vote-dominated offseason for Ebbsfleet United owners

While most football fans put their feet up and peruse August's fixtures, MyFootballClub members - owners of Blue Square Premier club Ebbsfleet United - have serious work to do. Ebbsfleet United is the world's first and only website community-owned and run football club. The club was purchased for £625,000 in February 2008, and approximately £700,000 of club debts have since been cleared.

New members join daily, and the club currently has around 9,500 owners from 100 different countries who can make decisions on and off the pitch.

They've already had an extremely busy off-season.

They have voted to give manager Liam Daish a new contract for the 2009/10 season and also have voted to reject offers from rival clubs for their star players. This includes rejecting £30,000 and £40,000 bids for striker Michael Gash and a £10,000 offer from York City for defender Darius Charles.

Daish believes that the Fleet's MyFootballClub owners were right not to cash in.

"The bids that have come in are the first offers and it's still very early," said Daish.

"It would be foolish to take the first bid and snap their hands off. It's wise not to rush into it.

"There will be people looking at our situation and wanting to capitalise on it."

Responsibilities of owning a football club don't stop there.

Yesterday, the 9,500 owners approved giving a historic football shirt to The National Football Museum in Preston. The item in question, ex-player John Akinde's shirt, a striker who the members decided to sell to Bristol City for £150,000 in the first transfer of it's kind, was decided by internet vote.

The members are currently bracing themselves for further bids for their star players.

Chairman John Moules insisted yesterday: "The club does not wish to lose any of its current players and is urging supporters to contribute to the playing budget to support manager Liam Daish in building a squad for next season to compete in the Blue Square Premier."

They also await less taxing decisions, such as which design for next season's matchday programme!

For more information about becoming a part-owner in Ebbsfleet United, you can do so from anywhere in the world, visit MyFootballClub.

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