Rafi Razzak, long standing Chairman of Basingstoke Town, has announced he will step down at the end of this season in May 2017, and end his financial support to the Club.
The appointment of a new Chairman will be part of a strategic review, called ‘Plan B’, to determine the long-term future of the Club, which will also include a review of where it will play football in the future.
After 25 years of dedicated commitment to the Club, Rafi Razzak believes that the time is now right for new management to take the Club to the next stage:
“I have enjoyed my involvement with Basingstoke Town FC and my connection to the Club will continue until I am happy that a suitable long term plan for the Club is achieved. Therefore, I will continue to be actively involved during the review, before handing over the reign to the new Chairman and leaving the Club in a financially secure position.”
BTFC has been a firm part of local football tradition since 1896. The current Camrose ground has been its base since 1946. Changes in safety and facilities requirements for a modern football Club to compete in the national leagues, means that the Camrose ground is no longer suitable without significant changes which may not be economically or practically feasible.
Following the refusal of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to grant a formal option, earlier this year, for our ambitious preferred Plan A, the move to a new ground at Old Common Road, BTFC has decided that a formal strategic review is now required to help establish a Plan B for the Club.
It may be that moving to a new ground is the only solution that would enable the Club to increase the spectator capacity, at the same time as vastly improving the quality of facilities for the teams and visitors. Any new ground would have to be conveniently located for fans, and provide excellent Club facilities and function rooms.
Along with other potential options, Plan B will involve a review of the following:
•Find an existing sports ground with the potential to upgrade
•Share an existing ground with another sports Club and upgrade
•Merge with another football club
Plan B, the strategic review of the future of BTFC, will start immediately with a detailed review of potential options by the end of March 2017, when the Club will enter consultations with the Club Management, Supporters and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The final decision from the review and the route to the long-term future of the Club will be announced on Thursday, 25th May 2017.