MEMBERS of the York City Supporters’ Trust have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion of no confidence in the boards of York City Football Club Ltd and its subsidiary companies.

A total of 309 members cast their vote, with 282 (91.3 per cent) in favour of the motion and 27 (8.7 per cent) against.

The turnout for the vote was 29.42 per cent, with members able to vote either online or through the ballot after the debate at the York Burton Lane Club.

The Supporters’ Trust are expected to make an official announcement later today. At the meeting, they insisted they were still prepared to “talk and compromise”.

Reading the case in favour of the motion, a Trust life member and season ticket holder stated the City board - which consists of chairman Jason McGill, Steven Kilmartin, Dave Penney, Richard Adams and Ian McAndrew - had “failed” the supporters, adding this was the “only logical conclusion” to come out of it.

The “mismanagement” of the club was “indisputable”, he said, and due to repeatedly poor decisions the board was not an “effective entity”.

The “shambolic” opening of the LNER Community Stadium, the levels of debt racked up by the club and the breaking of the contract to have two Trust members on the club’s board were highlighted.

It was also said that there was an “apathy” towards and a “dislike” of the club’s fans by the club.

In response, York City’s managing director Kilmartin admitted that the turnstiles and ticketing system at the new ground had not worked as planned and that the York Stadium Management Company, which is wholly owned by the club, should have had “more of a voice” in a process overseen by the City of York Council and GLL.

He said there were still “hiccups” in the ticketing process, which had been one of the poorest he had ever seen.

Kilmartin revealed that the frequent ability to use the stadium’s facilities, which was previously cited as a key source of income, was “not going to happen”, with the club limited to use on four days per month, not including matchdays.

When asked about the lack of media appearances made by the board, Kilmartin said that “questions would not be directed positively.”

He went on to deny that McGill, who rarely speaks to the media, had instructed other board members not to speak to the press.

Speaking further on McGill, Kilmartin said he had not asked the chairman about why he does not give interviews, though he did say that McGill felt “let down” by the Council over the protracted stadium move and by the 2018 Trust vote against transferring their 25 per cent share to McGill.

McGill does not attend matches because he fears negativity, Kilmartin reasoned, and it was claimed that the chairman was previously “attacked” by a fan.

Kilmartin later said that “devolved authority” had been given to the rest of the Board by McGill, but had earlier replied that the issue of having two Trust members on the club’s board was a “matter for McGill”.

The managing director conceded that the club had in the past “failed to communicate” effectively and that there is not enough involvement between the club and its fanbase.

York City responded: “We have observed the points raised in the York City Supporters Trust statement and appreciate the feedback which will be taken into serious consideration. We plan to release further information in due course.”

City of York Council declined to comment.

The Press has approached GLL for comment.