Friday, February 22, 2008


Most fans sit around in the local watering hole or at the water cooler and complain about coaches, GMs and players. Others call into sports talk radio, gripe in chat rooms or read blogs – just like your doing right now – to stay informed, brag, complain or commiserate about their favorite team.

One such group of fans in England took it a step further.

They bought the team.

Members of fans' website MyFootballClub will formally completed the takeover of Blue Square Premier side Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday.

In January more than 18,000 members voted on the £635,000 takeover, with 95.8% backing the Kent club's purchase. Each of its members will all own an equal share in the club.

The deal is believed to represent the first website-community takeover of a football/soccer club or business, for that matter, in the world.

Members will be able to vote on team selection, player transfers as well as other decisions affecting the club.

MyFootballClub has more than 28,000 members, spread over 80 countries.

The first Internet team selection is scheduled to take place in March.

First order of business: Ebbsfleet announced sportswear manufacturer Nike will manufacture home and away strips from next season after 91.26% of the 13,809 members voted to accept their offer to supply kit and merchandise.

Strips? Is that English for Unis?

Here’s more:

An Ebbsfleet United football fan holds a glass of champagne at Bluewater, Kent, in south-east England, on February 19, 2008. (Photo Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

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