Society Board Meetings

Trust Statement

Like all genuine Southport supporters, members of the Trust board were very disappointed by some of the events at Chester on Saturday. It appeared that a coach full of people arrived late, many the worse for drink who tried to cause trouble. Fortunately this was averted but at the expense of having to call for a large police presence which we are not used to at our matches.
Obviously this coach had NOTHING to do with the official Trust In Yellow coach but it does emphasise why we cannot permit drinking on TIY coaches to and from matches. If for instance the police at Chester had decided to search our coach and had found evidence of people drinking on it there could have been serious consequences for the Trust and the coach company.
If people cannot agree to the non-drinking rule on the coach we will refuse their bookings

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Minutes of Trust in Yellow Board Meeting - Tuesday January 12

Apologies

Rob

 

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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Coaches to Bromley & Dover

Due to a lack of bookings there will be no supporters' coach to Bromley.

The FA Trophy tie at Dover is on January 16th. The fare is £29 for Trust members, £22 for junior members and £34 for non-members. We are waiting for confirmation from the coach company but it will have an early morning departure time.
A decision will be made on Saturday as to whether it is viable to run this coach so please book now if interested.

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Coach to Chester

We are now taken bookings for the Supporters' coach to Chester in the New Year.

There is a simple 2 tier price system; just £9 for members & £12 for non-members.

With some incredible performances on the pitch places are expected to be taken up quickly. The coach will have the usual pick-up points & will leave the Merseyrail Community Stadium at 12.00.

 

To book phone/text 07861416859

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Weekend in Torquay

After discussion with members it has been decided that we should run a weekend trip to the match at Torquay in March.
Torquay United.      Friday, 18th March to Sunday, 20th.
The quote we have had is from ALFA who not only run coaches but can 
organise hotels in certain resorts including Torquay.
We would leave early on the Friday morning as obviously it is a much longer trip.
The hotel is the Regina which is near the seafront.
The price of bed and breakfast in a double or twin room and including coach travel to and from Torquay and during the weekend is:-
£84 (if 40 book) and £94 (if 30 book). There would also be a charge of £12 for insurance unless you had proof you had your own travel insurance   
(A single room would cost an extra £15)
We require firm bookings by Tuesday 19th January with a deposit of £40 within seven days of that to meet Alfa’s terms and conditions. We would require a minimum of 30 people to be able to make the booking.
Deposits would be lost if the bookings were cancelled due to postponement because of bad weather or either team being in the FA Trophy semi-final which is on that day.
If you require any further information please call it at the Trust Office on match days or contact Martin Robinson at dmjrobinson@btinternet.com  
After discussion with members it has been decided that we should run a weekend trip to the match at Torquay in March.

The dates will be from Friday, 18th March to Sunday, 20th.
The quote we have had is from ALFA who not only run coaches but can organise hotels in certain resorts including Torquay.We would leave early on the Friday morning as obviously it is a much longer trip.The hotel is the Regina which is near the seafront.The price of bed and breakfast in a double or twin room and including coach travel to and from Torquay and during the weekend is:-
£84 (if 40 book) and £94 (if 30 book). There would also be a charge of £12 for insurance unless you had proof you had your own travel insurance   (A single room would cost an extra £15)
We require firm bookings by Tuesday 19th January with a deposit of £40 within seven days of that to meet Alfa’s terms and conditions. We would require a minimum of 30 people to be able to make the booking.Deposits would be lost if the bookings were cancelled due to postponement because of bad weather or either team being in the FA Trophy semi-final which is on that day.
If you require any further information please call it at the Trust Office on match days or contact Martin Robinson at dmjrobinson@btinternet.com  

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