Raise a Statue to Atyeo FAQs
Listed below are the answers to a few questions that we've been asked about this fund-raising project:
Why does the Trust want to raise a statue to John Atyeo?
Supporters voted in their thousands via the new stadium survey with 80% wanting a statue and 70% stating that it should be of John Atyeo. John played 647 times for City, scoring 350 goals, staying loyal to City by shunning moves to bigger clubs. Capped 6 times for England, he scored 5 goals. We feel this would be a fitting tribute.
Why will the football club be issuing shares to the Trust in return for funding the statue?
What will happen if the new stadium does not get built?
The Supporters Trust has 3 main aims. To represent fans, work in the community and raise significant funds to obtain shares. The Trust believes that a greater shareholding leads to greater representation around the boardroom table. Everyone wins through this project, the club, the fans and the legacy it leaves through the new stadium.
If that happens, the statue will be erected at Ashton Gate.
What will happen if insufficient money is raised?
With around 3 years to raise the money and taking into account City fans' past generosity and the Trust's fund-raising achievements, we are confident that sufficient will be raised to fund a fitting statue. In the unlikely event that this is not achieved, all fans who have made a verifiable direct donation (e.g. by cheque or PayPal payment) will be given the option of allowing this to be put towards another project specified at the time or of receiving a full refund.
I would prefer that my donation was passed onto the club as a gift rather than in return for shares. Can I do this?
Yes. While we believe that a strong Supporters Trust with a solid shareholding in the football club is a good thing in general for all fans, we recognise that some supporters may not wish their donation to be used to buy shares. We have therefore provided an option for you to make your donation as a gift to the club. Details here.