We’re delighted that Trust in Yellow will feature prominently at all seven of Southport’s friendlies this pre-season.
As they prepare for the campaign ahead, Andy Bishop’s squad will play their warm-up matches in a brand new pre-season kit, which is part sponsored by the Trust.
It means that the Trust’s name will feature on the shorts and sleeves of every player this summer and it will also become the regular kit for friendlies in future seasons.
The Trust would like to thank club photographer Julia Urwin, who has kindly donated the funds raised from the use of her photos last season to cover the Trust’s contribution to the project.
Also sponsored by sportswear providers, Galaxy Football, the new kit, consisting of a pink shirt and black shorts, will be worn for the first time this Saturday, when Southport open their pre-season schedule away at Bootle.
Pictured with the new kit is Andy Bishop, the Southport manager, with Mark Parr of Galaxy Football (left) and Noel Warham, the Trust in Yellow vice chairman.
The new colours have been introduced after pre-season kits were used to raise money for charity in both 2013 and 2015.
After the visit to Bootle, the Sandgrounders travel to Chorley next Tuesday, July 12. Bishop’s team play at home for the first time against Bury on Saturday July 23, before the new National League season begins on Saturday August 6.
Board members present: Martin, Bill, Colin, Noel, Alan, Rob.
1. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
Noel attended a Supporters Direct meeting last month at FC United of Manchester on the topic of fundraising. Information was provided in relation to lottery and heritage funding, and the Trust was invited to discuss with FC United the bar which is operated at Broadhurst Park.
2. Treasurer’s report
The Trust’s net funds available currently stand at £11,763.98 with no outstanding monies owed.
The Trust has now received a share certificate for 20,686 shares in the club in return for the Trust’s contribution to the floodlights project.
Memberships currently stand at 207.
4. Coach travel
The Trust is unable to run a coach to the match at Torquay United as only 11 bookings were received. The coach to Altrincham on Easter Monday is almost full.
The coach to the match at Boreham Wood on April 4 will be advertised at the reduced rate of £20 members and £25 non-members. Coach travel this season has made a profit of around £200, which will be used to run this coach for the cheaper fare.
5. Match updates
There was a discussion regarding the match updates service following recent issues in relation to the service.
Although the Trust is pleased to have been associated with this service for a number of years and believes there have been many benefits to the Trust and supporters, the board appreciates that the match updates belong to the club, who also have overall responsibility for the service.
Martin has been in contact with Haydn Preece at the club and will contact him again. The board agreed that the Trust will continue to have its name on the service until the end of the season, after which the situation will be reviewed again.
6. Report of meeting with the club on March 5
Representatives from the Trust board met with Charlie Clapham, Sam Shrouder and Haydn Preece before the match against Halifax Town on March 5.
The meeting focussed on potential future projects. The club will be looking to improve the disabled toilet facilities during the summer. The Trust is keen to support this, so long as it is part of a wider project to improve disabled facilities.
In particular, the Trust wants to improve the viewing facilities for disabled supporters. The club was receptive to this idea and Martin and Howard will meet with Haydn Preece in the coming weeks to explore this further.
The proposed bar behind the Jack Carr Stand was also discussed but work on these plans is currently ongoing and the Trust would only want to formally present this to be considered once the plans are complete.
The club may be looking to add cover on the Popular Side at some time in the future but these ideas are still at a formative stage. The Trust obviously supports the principal of this and looks forward to hearing more details of the scheme.
Thanks to Alan, Noel, Howard and Bill for their work with the recent reunion to celebrate the 1965-66 FA Cup run. There were also a number of people who contributed from outside the Trust board, in particular Geoff Wilde and Colin Alty.
The winning design in the ten-year badge competition was selected by supporters from a shortlist of four and a presentation was made to the winner, Harriet James-Hodges, before the recent match against Braintree Town. Thanks to Premier Bowl at Ocean Plaza for donating one of the prizes.
The Trust has recently supported the Sign For Life campaign run by NHS Blood and Transplant. This initiative was backed by several football clubs throughout the country and Supporters Direct.
The end of season presentation will take place after the final match of the season against Kidderminster Harriers. They Think It’s All A Question Of Sport and the Fifa night are now likely to take place next season as it has not been possible to schedule them before the end of the current season.
The visit to the Parker Brewery is likely to take place during the summer and a cricket match against Churchtown CC will be held at the Rookery on June 26.
8. Next match signs
The next match signs will continue in their current format until the end of the season. The viability of the signs will be reviewed in the summer and the Trust will look into a more cost-effective way of organising the signs. The Trust will also look to make more use of its notice board at Southport station.
9. Any other business
The plaque for Phil Carder has been delivered but unfortunately contains a typographical error and so has been returned.
10. Next meeting
April 13 (members).
1 Apologies for absence
2 Taking of Minutes
As agreed at the last meeting the taking of minutes will be done on rotation.
3 Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
The minutes of the last meeting were agreed and any matters arising will be covered later in the meeting.
4 Treasurer's Report
Current Account - £953.58, Savings Account - £10,489.23, PayPal - £67.30, Cash - £69.57 Total funds available - £11,579.68.
All invoices have been paid.
5 Membership Secretary's Report
218 current members. Several reminders have been sent recently so we are hopeful this number will increase.
6a Disabled Facilities
A number of companies have been contacted and several options are being considered. The Club are planning to improve the disabled toilet facilities and as a Trust we may be prepared to help with these but only as part of an overall package to improve all disabled facilities.
6b Bar behind the Jack Carr Stand
Measurements have been taken for the site of a bar and several offers of help have come in. A sub-committee has been formed to look at the options available and will present these options as soon as they have been fully explored.
If agreement is reached with the club and Trust members for such a scheme, ways of raising specific funding will be considered.
6c Meeting with the Club.
Martin to contact Charlie Clapham to fix a date for a meeting to consider the disabled facilities.
7 Coach Travel
Following incidents at Chester the Trust will robustly enforce the NO ALCOHOL rule on the coach. This isn't just the Trust's feelings it is the law. All future promotions will mention NO ALCOHOL and it is assumed that travellers agree to this rule when booking.
Sadly the Torquay trip has been cancelled as only 11 bookings were received. Bookings are being taken for Lincoln and Grimsby.
1965/66 Reunion after the Braintree game on Saturday, 13 February, 2016. Of 11 players who started the FA Cup tie against Cardiff City, the seven surviving players will be in attendance and another four players from the squad will also attend. The Trust would like to thank Geoff Wilde for his considerable help in the planning of this event. The winner opf the badge competition has been selected. Harriet James-Hodges will be presented with Premier Bowling tickets at the Braintree game, the badge will be used throughout the forthcoming year. Thanks to Alan for all his work in organising this very successful competition In order to maximise numbers aty the proposed Questio of Sport event, this is pencilled in for after the final game of the season along with the Presentation night. The FIFA night is provisionally scheduled for 2nd April 2016. The brewery trip is t o be arranged in the close season. Fan of the Year n ominations will be accepted and the winner will be decided by the Board.
9 Any Other Business
We have Phil's plaque and will arrange with his family when it will be unveilled. The website will be updated soon with profiles of current Board members. Churchtown CC are keen for a cricket match this summer and will sort of all the arrangements and advise us when complete. Noel will represent the Trust at the Supporters Direct meeting on Wednesday. Next match signs are regularly changed and a new design has been agreed for next season.
10 Next meetings
The next members’ meeting to be arranged to coincide with the proposed Meet the Manager Evening. Next board meeting to be arranged after that date is confirmed.