FANS’ hopes of taking over the running of Worcester City appear to be fading ahead of tonight’s “do-or-die” vote.

Shareholders will gather at Worcester Whitehouse Hotel at 7pm when they will have the chance to back Worcester City Supporters’ Trust’s proposals.

The trust say their plans to make City a community benefit society (CBS) will keep the exiled club, who have about £530,000 left in the bank, alive.

However, City’s board have refused to get behind the changes and trust director Rich Widdowson admitted it only needed “a very small amount” of shareholders to scupper their efforts.

“I know for a fact that people are going to support the board and that’s the reason why we are in the mess we are in,” he said.

“It only needs to be a very small amount of people for them (the board) to win.

“We need 75 per cent of the vote whereas they need four or five people with big shareholdings.”

Widdowson added: “It’s do or die and if we fail that’s it (for the club).

“They say we are scaremongering but the chairman (Anthony Hampson) stated at the last meeting the club has got two years left, so how can we be scaremongering? We are offering a solution.”

Four resolutions have been put forward by the trust in a bid to change the club from a limited company to a CBS.

If the first two, which include the removal of a restriction on anyone owning more than one per cent and a change in a ruling so new shares do not have to be offered to existing holders, are not approved, the trust’s hopes will be quashed as resolution three and four “can’t be implemented”.

But if 75 per cent of shareholders are in favour of resolution one and two, Anthony Collins Solicitors say a second general meeting will need to be held to “consider the detail of the changes”.

David Alcock, of the legal firm, also confirmed a poll vote, which will include proxy forms, had been agreed rather than making the decision on a show of hands in the room.