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    RFFF Statement – February 2016
    As we approach the fourth anniversary of the launch of the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund, our Committee has considered a number of options on the best way to invest the money so generously donated by supporters since the dark days of administration in 2012.
    A host of proposals were discussed at length, including the creation of an Ibrox Museum to keeping the funds for use if any litigation was required with regard to the absurd notion of stripping Rangers of titles.
    However, the RFFF Committee has unanimously agreed that utilising the funds to commission and pay for a new 264-seater Academy Stand and Changing Facility at the Club’s training ground would be a fitting and lasting legacy.
    We initially engaged two top-tier contractors who originally advised the budget for this would be more than £1.2 million. This figure was prohibitive so we approached two other successful companies – SHD and Lochlie Construction – and are now happy to report the project can be delivered for £400,000-£450,000.
    The RFFF Committee, like the majority of supporters, are keen to support the club’s youth department and the creation of this new facility overlooking the main youth pitch would be of great benefit to the Academy and provide a permanent tribute to the fans worldwide who have donated to the Fighting Fund in the past four years.
    We have held informal talks with the club about our proposal and they are fully supportive.
    There is no doubt Rangers is now in the hands of shareholders who genuinely have the best interests of the club at heart so the RFFF Committee believes the time is right to invest our funds.
    The Rangers Fans Fighting Fund was launched by Ibrox legends Walter Smith and Sandy Jardine in 2012 to help safeguard and protect the club's future and assets.
    We now believe we are on the correct path, Rangers is heading in the right direction with good people controlling the club so the Committee believes this project would be an appropriate way to utilise our funds.
    It is important to stress, however, that this money was donated in good faith by supporters and while the Committee agrees this project would be the best way forward it is ultimately down to the fans to decide. The RFFF is in no doubt, though, that this is the best way forward and we urge the fanbase to back this idea.
    Anyone with alternative thoughts on how to invest the funds please contact us through our official website - www.rangersfansfightingfund.uk/contact.asp - providing full name,email address and Rangers number.
    We will hold a meeting in the Ibrox Suite at 7.30pm on Monday 29 February to discuss this proposal in further detail but in the meantime please take a look at the attached PDF which outlines our plan.
    As with previous meetings, invitations are being emailed to supporters’ clubs and representatives of the various fans groups and we look forward to hearing the views of supporters at that time.

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    A terrific idea.

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    Good decision

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    Would like to think this would be agreed at the meeting with all contributors before being passed.

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    Brilliant idea!

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    An excellent idea!

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    Not overly thrilled with that if I'm being honest.

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    As a father of one the kids who trains up there I think this is a brilliant idea and a great gesture in investing towards our future and the youth system

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    Now that we have a board we can trust, one who'll defend us when necessary, negating the need for such a fund, I think this is a tremendous idea for a lasting tribute to those fans who dug deep.

    Can we also officially lose the MP name while we're at it, please?

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    good decision

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    Great idea............hope it goes through.

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    There's always one...

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    I feel the money should be held onto until all the legal issues have been resolved. That could well take a while but, until then, we don't know what might come up.

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    Why on gods earth wouldn't you be happy with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalbear View Post
    I feel the money should be held onto until all the legal issues have been resolved. That could well take a while but, until then, we don't know what might come up.
    All legal costs can now be taken up by the cub itself.

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    No issues with that whatsoever. A really good use of the money.

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    Glad to see this is in the public domain now. Personally I think it's a great idea.

    Done a bit of work on the costing side of this a few months back for Lochlie and would add that the Directors are good bears.

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    Quote Originally Posted by Grandmaster_Suck View Post
    All legal costs can now be taken up by the cub itself.
    Maybe but there might be situations where it's appropriate for someone outside the club itself (i.e. fans) to take action.

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    Sorry but not for me as this isn't what it was set up for.

    I would like to know why there has been a decrease in the funds and what it was spent on. Additionally, why has this money not been banked in an interest accruing account (I understand why it wasn't originally).

    Sorry for publicly asking but numerous emails to the address on the RFFF webpage have went unanswered.

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    Default Re: RFFF statement - youth development at Auchenhowie proposed

    Quote Originally Posted by kenny2oo7 View Post
    Not overly thrilled with that if I'm being honest.
    You seem to be alone, at least in the minority, in this.
    No problem there, of course, however, I'd like to know your objections, and I guess Im not alone

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    Great idea.

    I'd like to see it officially named Auchenhowie too.

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