Tadcaster Albion’s prospective owners share big vision

28 January 2012.....   Liversedge v Tadcaster Albion.'Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall
28 January 2012..... Liversedge v Tadcaster Albion.'Tadcaster Albion manager Paul Marshall

Conference North football would be a “starting point”, according to Tadcaster Albion’s prospective new owners.

Directors from York-based employment company Inspire2Independence vowed to progress Albion through the leagues when they unveiled their club vision at a supporters’ meeting last week.

Directors and licensed agents Matt Gore, Shaun McKenna, James Gore and Kent Mayall told supporters they were committed to bringing a greater professionalism to the club.

“We are going to invest heavily into the club, financially, emotionally”, said i2i managing director Matt Gore.

“We want to be successful.

“We want Tadcaster Albion to win the league, to win cups. We want people to come into Tadcaster Albion.

“We want the right facilities, the right set-up, the right look, ethos, values and managers to allow Tadcaster Albion to progress through the leagues.”

Tad have been struggling for funds since previous sponsor Rob Northfield jumped ship a week before the season started.

Manager Paul Marshall and president Kevin Derry approached i2i last month seeking a takeover bid.

The new owners have agreed to start the due diligence process after receiving a warm reception at last Thursday’s meeting.

James Gore played under Albion boss Paul Marshall throughout his career and Matt Gore has previously been involved with the club’s defunct reserves side.

The pair said their past experience of Albion made them keen to get involved.

Matt Gore said: “Paul was asking us, do we want Tadcaster Albion to go up? Oh yes we do, definitely.

“We want them to get promoted, we want them to go as high as they can possibly go.

“For us, we were talking as Conference North as a starting point.

“People will say, you’ve got your head in the clouds, but we don’t. We just believe it can be achieved.”

Marshall added: “There’s a chance to go up this year as all the teams are average.

“That’s what the company have realised already.”

I2i works closely with the government to help unemployed people find work.

It employs more than 400 staff and was founded in 2004.

The directors hope to integrate their new sport agency venture i2i Sports into the club and provide full-time education for released footballers.

Gore added: “Whatever we have put our hands to, we have made work.”

Things are looking extremely rosy on the pitch as well.

Albion made history on Saturday as they reached the summit of NCEL for the first time.

Marshall’s men thrashed Long Eaton United 4-1 at the 2inspire Stadium, thanks to goals from Carl Stewart (2), Josh Barrett and Nick Thompson. See page 91 for a full report.

Albion travel to promotion rivals Retford United this Saturday, a reverse of the 1-1 home draw two weeks before.

On Tuesday Taddy will face former players Steve Jeff and Ryan Qualter when they visit Ossett Town in the West Riding County Cup (7.45pm)

Marshall said the club’s league standing made him “very proud”.

“Considering where we have come from, and this is our sixth season after starting bottom in Division One,” he said.

“It is nice to get to the top of the league and make other teams chase you.”

Albion have also signed striker Danny Critchlow from Nostell Miners Welfare.

Marshall also confirmed experienced Scarborough Athletic players Tony Hackworth and free-scoring forward Ryan Blott have signed on dual registration terms.

Former Premier League star Matt Le Tissier will speak at the club tonight.

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