News Archive


1. Apologies for absence

Katrina, Noel

2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.

3. Treasurers report

The Trusts balance currently stands at £25,012. Of this £15,000 has been transferred to a 30 day notice savings account with Cambridge & Counties bank. This earns an interest rate of 1.5%, generating some £19 per month. The next match signs have cost £325 so far and a total of £1,400 has been raised from new memberships and membership renewals since the start of July.

4. Membership

Bill reported that the Trust currently has 208 members not including November renewals. Some memberships were renewed in response to the reminder e-mails which were sent out.

5. Cooperation with the club

In response to the club issuing a statement that work has commenced on the floodlights, the Trust will seek to contact the club with regards to the likely final costs and timescale of the project. Once the Trust is aware of its exact financial contribution to the floodlights project then other projects can be discussed and put into action.

6. Coach Travel

The coaches have run at a loss of £54 so far although some money is still owed to the Trust for the Dagenham trip. It was reported that Vision provided an excellent and reliable service. A special offer will be considered for the festive matches at Kidderminster and Wrexham. The arrangements for the weekend in Bristol were finalised with the cost being £97 for 2 nights accommodation and travel. Breakfast is available as an optional extra and coach travel to and from the ground will be included.

7. Liaising with local companies

These offers have proved to be popular with members especially the discounts available at Elite Positive Fitness. A Partners Page will soon be added to the Trust website which will allow for better publicity and easier navigation.

8. Fundraising

The Race Night will take place on Saturday 17th January after the Chester game. Gary Brabin will be asked to encourage the players to attend and race sponsors will be sought at £25 each. Luke George will be raising money for Diabetes UK by growing his beard between now and the end of the season. Those donating will have the chance to vote whether to save or shave the beard either online or by dropping money into specific boxes. The second Onion Bag book is being released in a couple of weeks time with all money raised from sales going to the Trust. An 04/05 players reunion is planned for next summer with a possible fans v players match and a quiz in the bar afterwards.

9. Other Trust events

The proposed meet the manager session has been put on hold due to a lack of home Saturday fixtures. The next possible date is Saturday 13th December but this is dependent on cup draws.

10. Membership of Trust Board

With James Treadwell offering his resignation there is now an opening on the Trust Board for anyone who wishes to join.

11. Any other business


12. Dates of next meeting

Tuesday 16th December - Members

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Unfortunately there will be no coach running to Nuneaton due to a lack of bookings.
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Paul Rutherford has been voted the Trust in Yellow Player of the Month for October.

In a month that brought a huge improvement for the Southport team under new manager Gary Brabin, Rutherford won a closely-run competition in which many players received nominations.

The winger came out on top by a single vote, edging out second-placed Luke Foster and several of his team-mates who were tied third in a well-supported poll.

Rutherford was presented with his award by Southport fan Jamie Hanlon ahead of Saturday’s match against Dover Athletic.

In many ways, Rutherford has epitomised the Sandgrounders’ revival under Brabin, turning in a series of tireless performances to show arguably his best form since joining from Barrow last summer.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.

Supporters will have the chance to vote for November’s award at the end of the month.

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Southport's next away game is the FA Cup tie at Dagenham on Saturday 8th November. The coach will depart the Merseyrail Community Stadium at 7.30am. To book phone Alan Scarisbrick on 07980911693.

In advance prices for members are as follows:

Adults: £39

Juniors(accompanied by adult member): £20


These prices reflect the cheapest quote available to the Trust at short notice which was £1275.

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Trust members can now enjoy a 20% discount on all phone accessories from Rupert's Mobiles - handy in time for Christmas. Members will also be entitled to a 10-20% discount on phone repairs (depending on the nature of the repair). The shop can be found inside Wayfarers Arcade which is located on Lord Street.

Please note that anyone taking up these offers MUST produce their TIY membership cards.

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