12:00pm Thursday 31st May 2001
TOWN captain Alan Reeves has thrown his weight behind efforts to create a Supporters' Trust after seeing how the scheme kept his twin brother's club alive.
David Reeves will be lining up against his brother when Town face Chesterfield next season but it is only thanks to the supporters of the Derbyshire club.
A group of Spireites fans hit the headlines a couple of weeks ago when they put together a financial package in just five days and saved the club from oblivion.
Town supporters, led by Tony Norris and Andy Ratcliffe, have organised a public meeting at the County Ground tomorrow evening to try to set up a trust, with the aim of raising funds and seeing a supporter elected to the board of directors.
The Town skipper is delighted with the way the supporters have reacted to the recent 'crisis'.
He said: "David told me about a similar thing at Chesterfield.
"I don't know the exact situation with the supporters' trust up there but the situation was pretty serious before. The players hadn't been paid for a couple of weeks.
"I am pleased the Town fans have decided to try to set up a trust here.
"I can honestly say to all the supporters that the players have been as much in the dark about what is happening, or not happening, at the club as they are.
"They are the people who care passionately about Swindon Town Football club and I can understand that they want to be involved in making decisions about the club."
The Town captain is still considering the one-year deal offered by Andy King, although Reeves has made no secret of the fact that he would prefer a two-year contract.
He said: "I've had no contact from anyone at the club about the offer so we'll just have to wait and see.
"I know it must be frustrating for the gaffer, waiting to see if he has any money to spend.
"As for the players he is supposed to be interested in bringing in, they have mortgages to pay and won't hang around for ever."
The meeting to establish the Swindon Town Supporters' Trust takes place in the Executive Lounge at the County Ground tonight (Thursday, May 31) at 8pm.
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