Halesowen Town fans, led by chairman Karen Brookes and president Colin Brookes, have launched a fundraising scheme to help finance a takeover of the club.

Around 200 supporters attended a meeting on Sunday to hear about the current financial situation at The Grove and how the Brookes family plan to acquire the club from its current owners. The Yeltz are currently owned by the Lynch family, which took over in 2011 and helped save the club from collapse.

However, continued anger and frustration at how the club is being run has led to takeover plans gathering pace in recent months. The situation was made worse at the start of the season when former chairman and owner Steve Lynch was banned from football activity for two years by the Football Association.

The Yeltz were fined and Lynch banned following an investigation into rule breaches. The charges, three for Lynch and nine of the club, include issues surrounding Lynch’s former involvement with Eastwood Town and his alleged failure to disclose his interest in the Yeltz at the same time.

Other charges for the club included breaches of rules regarding a loan in 2012 and problems with the reporting of accounts covering from October 2011 to March 2013. Now, Karen Brookes and father Colin have called on fans to help raise £30,000 towards the cost of buying the club.

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