Cork City supporters vote to sell club to Preston owner


Cork City fans last night voted overwhelmingly in favour of selling the club to Preston owner Trevor Hemmings Grovemoor Ltd.


The agreement came after a lengthy meeting of the FORAS Trust.


FORAS took control of Cork City FC in 2009 after financial difficulties.


However, having found themselves in trouble in February of this year to even get a Premier Division license, Hemmings had stepped in to buy the sell-on clauses of Alan Browne and Seani Maguire.


A final tally was announced of just over 400 votes early this morning.


It is understood that around 70% of the trust voted in favour of the motion.


Grovemoor are said to have plans to either take the freehold or a substantial lease on Turners Cross were set to swing into action.


Grovemoor believe control of the Munster Football Association ground would be crucial to Citys long-term prospects.


As well as assuming the clubs debts, which at the end of last year stood at 400,000, a pledge has been made to provide the cash flow and resources required to help fire Cork straight back to the Premier Division next season.


A statement from Cork City early this morning said:


''The Board of Management of FORAS can confirm the result of this evenings vote by members on the Call Option Agreement with GrovemoorLimited.



''We are pleased to confirm that the members of the Trust have endorsed the Boards recommendation and have voted in favour of the motion.


''We have already engaged with GrovemoorLimited on the matter, and a further comment will issue in due course.


''The Board would like to thank all of our members for their input and their ongoing support.