Ahead of kick-off against Gateshead at the weekend, there was an excellently-observed minute’s applause in memory of Trust Treasurer Phil Carder.
It was pleasing to see members of Phil’s family at the match along with his friends and colleagues from Churchtown Cricket Club. Churchtown have produced a banner to remember Phil and we have been pleased to be asked to contribute towards it.
We’d like to say thank you Churchtown for their help over the past week and to Haydn Preece and the club for their work in arranging the weekend’s tribute.
Phil Carder's funeral is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 10th, 12.30 start at St Cuthbert's Church, followed by 2pm at Crematorium.
Then the congregation will return to the Grandstand Bar at the Merseyrail Community Stadium to celebrate his life.
It was a great sadness to all his many friends in the Trust and at the club in general when we heard that our Treasurer, Phil Carder had died on Saturday.
Phil had supported Southport since the early 1960s and had been Treasurer of Trust In Yellow since its formation in 2006. A retired accountant Phil was the perfect Treasurer in that he was completely reliable and calm with the expertise that guaranteed that the Trusts financial affairs were being run properly whether it was cashing the takings at the Race Night or dealing with the Financial Standards Authority. But more than the usual Treasurers role Phil did so much more for the Trust especially the demanding and sometimes thankless job of organising the coaches to away matches which he did with Alan Scarisbrick.
When Phil was diagnosed with leukaemia last Spring he calmly informed the members of Trust board that since he had probably less than two years to live we needed to be planning for the future to cover his work as Treasurer. In the months that followed, despite deteriorating health, he continued to carry out his role brilliantly including the fantastic organisation of the coaches to Derby. Not only did he book all the coaches but spent many hours at the club with Alan taking bookings. It was particularly unfortunate that his condition worsened and at the last minute he was unable to go to watch the match. On what was otherwise a brilliant day the fact that Phil was not there to enjoy it with us was very sad.
Phil was that most loyal of Southport supporters who has stuck by the club through the ups and downs of both league and non-league. His friends who he stood with on the popular side near the half way line are going to miss him greatly at home matches as are all of us who enjoyed his company at various grounds round the country.
Away from football Phil had many other interests including cricket. He played in the Southport and District League for many years and in fact was the Treasurer of the League. The picture was taken a couple of years ago when he was in Perth watching a Test Match between Australia and England.
In everything he did for the Trust, Phil showed a characteristic expertise and authority combined with modesty and good humour. As a Trust we are going to miss him immensely but everyone who knew him is going to feel his loss as a friend even more. Phil was one of those people about whom no-one who knew him ever had a bad word to say. We send our great sympathy to his family for their loss.
Trust In Yellow and everyone who knew him are going to be very much the worse for the passing of Phil Carder.
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.
3. Treasurers report
The Trusts balance currently stands at £27,435. Of this £15,000 has been transferred to a 30 day notice savings account with Cambridge & Counties bank. The Derby trip generated a profit of £2,487 which means that coach trips to date have generated a surplus of £2,413. Membership renewals and new memberships have raised a total of £1,705 since the beginning of July.
Bill reported that Trust membership is now up to 226. A few new members have been gained from the Derby trip and it is hoped more will follow with £5 membership being available to non-members who travelled on the coaches until 14th February.
5. Coach Travel
The trip to Derby was a success and a lot of goodwill was generated towards the Trust from those that travelled. There was only one minor complaint received which will be investigated. The Trust would like to thank all of those who volunteered to be responsible for looking after a coach to ensure that the day went as smoothly as possible. Thanks in particular go to Alan Scarisbrick and Phil Carder for their tireless efforts in organising travel for over 700 people at such short notice. Some of the monies raised from the day will go towards subsidising a future trip with Alfreton looking the most likely. An anonymous donor has also generously put £100 towards the cost of coach hire for this match. The uptake for the Bristol weekend has been good so far with bookings already being into double figures.
6. Cooperation with the club
The Trust will yet again push for a meeting with the club after yet another period of frustrating delays. Until answers from the club are forthcoming the statement issued in December regarding progression with the floodlights can’t be updated although this will happen when concrete answers are received from the club.
7. Fundraising and other Trust events
The Race Night will go ahead on Saturday 21st March with sponsors for races and owners for jockeys and horses now being sought. The evening will be hosted by Tony Adams and the Trust will liaise with Gary Brabin to secure the attendance of the players. A meet the manager session will hopefully take place on Saturday 14th February. The response to the 04/05 players reunion has been very positive and it is hoped to hold a fans v players match followed by a quiz in the Grandstand Bar. As done previously the places in the fans team will be sold off for a pre-determined amount. A presentation evening will be arranged to take place after the last home game of the season where, along with the usual player awards, the Fan Of The Season award will also be presented. The Luke George Save It or Shave It has now been running for 2 months and has raised £410 for Diabetes UK to date. David Raya Martin has been awarded honorary Trust membership and this will be presented to him at the next convenient date.
8. How to build on the Cup success
The most important way to build on the Cup success will be the installation of new floodlights giving both regular and prospective supporters a visual indicator of what the Trust does. It was agreed that the Trust will issue a timeframe for all future major projects to be completed within to avoid the long delays experienced with the floodlights project.
9. Any other business
Richard Hinds was the winner of the quiz issued on the coaches to Derby and wins a years Trust membership. The second Onion Bag Chronicles are expected in the club shop in time for the Chester game with all profits going to the Trust.
10. Dates of next meeting
Wednesday 25th February - Board