Grimsby Town fans are expressing serious concern after a convicted fraudster was spotted at Blundell Park the club’s current owner, John Fenty, and chairman Phillip Day,
Alex May, formerly known as Alick Kapikanya, was convicted for running a team of con artists who targeted elderly people in Manchester from 2007. He was jailed for six years in 2014 for the scam which netted over £3.5m. He was seen entering Blundell Park this weekend as they faced Mansfield Town, and it is thought he has attended other games through the early part of the season.
The Mariners Trust have called an urgent meeting to discuss May’s involvement, which appears to run deep with Fenty. The two of them were listed as directors of Town Centre Living Limited, with the certificate of incorporation completed in April showing them as the only initial shareholders. May resigned as a director in November.
Majority shareholder Fenty took the club off sale earlier this year after previously stating he wanted to get out, but the current suggestion is that May wants to invest alongside Fenty. May has previously tried to become involved in football with Notts County, something which fell through, but at the time he was acting as an advisor to Colin Dodd, who said: “He deserves a second chance, everyone makes mistakes in life and that is what we are doing.
“That is on the record, everyone involved in this project knows his background. He has spent the last 10 years trying to restore his reputation. He has been helping us with his knowledgeable contacts.”
Interestingly, Dodd was linked with investing in Grimsby as early as September 2019, after renaming a company Blundell Park Project Limited instead of Meadow Lane Project Limited. Naturally, Grimsby fans are not impressed one bit, with plenty offering their insight on social media, as you’ll see below.
Well done James, this convinces me a change of ownership is desperately needed #gtfc
— Mike Mariner (@GTFCMichael) December 13, 2020
Alex May current name is listed with 2 companies on companies house. Already resigned from Town Centre Living. Nationality shown as Zambian on one company and British on another company. Dodgy as !!
— ????Matt Cartwright???? (@mattyc1980) December 13, 2020
— ᴅᴀɴ (@dpa2905) December 13, 2020
Would Mr May pass the " The fit and proper " section of the @EFL club rules.
— Paul Woodham (@thumpermaxie) December 13, 2020
This isn’t going to end well ?.
Can’t see a club statement any time before Xmas tbh
— we can all be great (@Normalpunter) December 13, 2020
Smells worse than the Pontoon on a hot summer's day in the 70s
— Oliver Tate (@cotate) December 13, 2020
Not a great look for a Chairman and local politician to be involved with such an individual. Don’t think anyone is alleging a crime?
— Dave Dixon (@ion_xd) December 13, 2020
Interesting comments from #gtfc fans. At what point has a man paid his dues to society for his wrongdoings? I know some crimes are more dispicable than others & targeting oaps is one of those. also suggest there are plenty on here that support #gtfc should not be throwing stones
— Matt Beer (@MattyBeer) December 14, 2020