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Minutes of Trust in Yellow Board Meeting - Tuesday January 12




1. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising.

The official switch-on of the new floodlights took place before the recent home match against Wrexham. Among those representing the Trust were Colin, Martin and members of the families of Phil Carder and Sally Devine.

The Trust has been in contact with Champion reporter Ron Ellis following the recent withdrawal of his press pass by the club.

There are 11 calendars for 2016 still remaining of the 100 produced.

The issue of dangerous footballs during the warm-ups at home matches, which was raised at the Trust’s AGM, was passed on during the Trust’s recent meeting with the club.

The Trust had been contacted by a member offering to help with communications for the Trust and club. The Trust will use their help with the newsletter and their details have also been passed to the club.


2. Taking of minutes

The taking of minutes at Trust meetings will be rotated between board members.


3. Treasurer’s report

The Trust’s net funds available currently stand at £11,569.76.

£13,000 for the balance of the Trust’s contribution to the floodlights projects has been paid. The Trust is now waiting to receive the equivalent sum for the Trust’s full contribution in shares.


4. Memberships

Memberships currently stand at 214.


5. Report back on meeting with the club and future projects

Representatives from the Trust board met with Haydn Preece before the recent home match against Bromley. The club agrees with the Trust that there is a need to improve facilities for disabled supporters, particularly the allocated disabled area during matches and toilets. The Trust would want any project to include improvements in both of these areas.

The Trust has also been contacted recently by the group, Southport Access For Everyone. The Trust will meet with the club again in the coming weeks.

Howard has contacted a number of companies regarding a possible temporary disabled viewing structure.

The Trust has received further details from Jonathan O’Byrne regarding plans for the proposed bar behind the Jack Carr Stand. Colin, Howard, Rob and Jonathan will form a sub-committee to explore the project further.


6. Events

The Christmas part took place after the match against Bromley. A special thanks to Noel, Howard, Bill and Sarah Sloan for their work on the night and in preparation for the event. Thanks also to Ema Ryding from the Co-Op and John Wood from Mecca Bingo for their kind donations of food and items for the party.

Dino Maamria is keen to hold a Meet the Manager session with supporters but would prefer a midweek date for the event. This will be confirmed shortly.

A reunion to celebrate 50 years since Southport’s memorable FA Cup run to the fifth round under Billy Bingham will take place on February 13 after the home match against Braintree Town. Noel and Alan will meet with Geoff Wilde to finalise arrangements for the event.

Alan has written to local schools to invite their students to take part in a competition to design a special ten-year badge for the Trust. 144 entries have been received from four schools and these were narrowed down to a shortlist of 23. The final four designs were selected at the meeting and supporters will be asked to vote for the winner.

A special thanks for Stanley High School, Ainsdale St Johns CE, Kingsmeadow and St Phillips for taking part.

Colin will continue to liaise with the Parker Brewery so a date can be arranged for the brewery trip.

They Think It’s All A Question of Sport, arranged by Rob Urwin, will take place after the match against Halifax Town on March 5. Noel and Alan will meet with Rob to discuss plans for the event. The Fifa night has provisionally been arranged for April 2 after the game with Woking.


7. Coach travel and proposed weekend trip

The coach to the match at Chester on January 23 is fully booked. Bookings for a possible second coach are being taken but 20 names are needed for this to run.

The fare for the match at Tranmere Rovers will be £8 members, £11 non-members. The departure time will be confirmed.

After consulting with members, it was decided that Torquay would be the preferred destination for the proposed weekend trip.

The main issue is that this match, scheduled for March 19, clashes with the FA Trophy semi-final second leg and half of the full cost needs to be paid six weeks before trip. The Trust had asked for bookings by January 19. At the time of the meeting, both clubs remain in the FA Trophy. If neither club remains in the competition after the weekend, in which case the fixture will definitely go ahead, the deposit due of £100 will be paid so as to allow fans further time to book.


8. Next match signs

The current next match signs will be used until the end of the season.

The Trust board will look into longer-term changes to make the signs more visible and cost-effective.


9. Any other business

The plaque for the Trust office to remember Phil Carder has been re-ordered and will hopefully be ready shortly.

Board members will look into ways to improve and update the back pages on the Trust website.

Every board member is currently having a profile in the club’s matchday programme and Trust newsletter.


10. Next meeting

Members: TBC

Board: March 1

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Ten-year badge competition: Select your winner

Trust in Yellow is asking supporters to select a new badge to celebrate our tenth anniversary.

To mark a special year for the Trust in 2016, local school children have been invited to design a badge which will be used throughout this our tenth year.

The Trust was delighted to receive 144 entries in the competition. These were narrowed down to a shortlist of 23 before four finalists were selected.

The Trust is now asking fans to vote for their favourite design from the final four, which are pictured below and are numbered.

To vote, e-mail, text 07813366742, send us a message on facebook or tweet @trustinyellow.

When voting, put the number of your favourite design. For your vote to count, it must also include your own name.

The closing date is Sunday January 31.

The winning design will then be transferred into a digital copy.

Entries were received from children ages seven to 15 and the final shortlist reflects the range of ages.

The Trust would like to thank Stanley High School, Ainsdale St Johns, St Philips and Kingsmeadow Primary Schools for taking part, and to all the children who entered the competition.


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50 years on ... FA Cup run 1965-66: Your help wanted

Trust in Yellow is celebrating 50 years since one of Southport’s greatest ever seasons.

In 1965-66, the Southport team managed by Billy Bingham reached the FA Cup fifth round, including famous wins against Stockport County, Ipswich Town and Cardiff City.

To celebrate half a century since then, the Trust is holding a special event on Saturday February 13 after the home match against Braintree Town.

The Trust is currently looking for help from fans to tell the story from that season.

Do you have any programmes, newspaper cuttings or photographs from that FA Cup run?

If so, the Trust would like to hear from you. Please e-mail with anything you would like to share from that season.

The Trust is looking for items to use in a number of features planned in the lead-up to the event, at the event itself and for the matchday programme for the game against Braintree.

The Trust is also looking for fans to share their memories from that season. Were you part of the crowd of over 14,000 which saw the win over Cardiff at Haig Avenue? Did you travel to either of the replays against Stockport or Ipswich, or even the defeat at Hull City in front of almost 40,000 people? What do you remember about that Southport team?

The Trust is looking to use memories from fans to publish at the event on February 13 and in the programme, so please let us know what you remember about that glorious season.

Again, the e-mail address is

So whether it is programmes, press cuttings, photographs or memories, the Trust would be delighted to hear from you. Please get in contact as soon as possible to help with us with the planning.

Bingham's Boys: The Heroes of '66 - February 13 2016

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Bingham's Boys: The Heroes of '66

It is 50 years since one of the most memorable seasons in Southport's history.

Under the management of the legendary Billy Bingham, the Sandgrounders reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, including famous wins over Stockport County, Ipswich Town and Cardiff City.

To mark half a century since then, Trust in Yellow is delighted to be hosting a very special event with the players who made it all possible.

Bingham’s Boys: The Heroes of ’66, will take place in the Grandstand Bar on Saturday February 13, after Southport’s home match against Braintree Town.

This date is special because it is 50 years and a day after a crowd of over 14,000 crammed into Haig Avenue to see Bingham’s Sandgrounders beat Cardiff 2-0 in the fourth round.

The event will start at 5.30pm and the former players will speak to supporters about what it was like to be part of such an important season in the club’s history.

Further details of the event will be announced shortly.

Among the players present will be Colin Alty, the scorer of a dramatic late winner against Ipswich at Portman Road, Ron Smith and Alan Spence, who both scored in the win over Cardiff, Alex Russell, Tony Beanland plus others.

It remains Southport’s best FA Cup run since 1931, and the majority of the players from that campaign also won promotion with the Sandgrounders to what is now League One the following season, before playing against Everton in the cup a year later.

It is an event not to miss, so please make a note of the date as we celebrate the anniversary of a special moment in the club’s history.

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Chester Coach

The official Supporters' Coach to Chester is now fully booked up.

The first pick-up point will be the Arion pub at 11.40, then The Crown, The George & finally the MCS Haig Avenue at 12 noon).

Please note the departure time as it was incorrectly printed in the local newspapers.

Thank you for your continued support.

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