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2:19pm 17th December 2012

Two businessmen who stumped up £50,000 to keep struggling Truro City alive buy the club.

They say keeping the side in the division and securing the ground are their two biggest challenges.

New owner Peter Masters said in a statement to fans:

"I am sure we have all been immensely relieved at the conclusion of the deal to acquire and keep alive Truro City football club, but I need hardly remind you that the battle is far from over.  We still face a mountainous task to get the club back on a sound and sustainable financial footing - and then to drive forward and develop the sort of club, and all its spin-off activities, that we all want to see.

"That means three things in particular - 1) more pairs of hands turning to the task of helping the club - NOW;  2) developing a host of new income streams;  3)  as part and parcel of this, establishing Truro City, just as soon as possible, as very much a COMMUNITY football club.

"Without putting too fine a point on it, we are talking about a minor revolution for the club!  I would like to think that we are only months away from creating at Treyew Road a vibrant mini-community that will be virtually unrecognizable from what has been the picture here for so long now.

"That is not to take anything away from the club's historic achievements on the field of play over the past decade, which have been quite remarkable by any standards.  But the plain and simple fact is that the current structure of the club is wholly inadequate and unsustainable - and falling pitifully short in terms of its potential to generate vastly increased income and to become a great facility for the community at large."

He went on to urge more people to go to home games:

"Let's all of us not forget the absolute paramount need to raise the attendance figures for home matches.  Of course we all want to maintain as high a standard of football as we possibly can at Treyew Road, but the inescapable fact is that to do so involves substantial expenditure . . . in historically difficult economic times.

"The harsh reality is that the requirement - for football of the present standard at Treyew Road - is gates averaging around 500, and we are a long way short of that at the moment, of course.  So . . . let's all make it our New Year's Resolution to introduce at least one new "regular" supporter to the club.  That would make a huge difference!

2:19pm 17th December 2012

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