Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust
Monthly Meeting, The Supporters Bar, Ashton Gate, Bristol BS3 2EJ
Wednesday 6 June 2018, 7.30pm
Board – Stuart Rogers SR (chair), Miles Hendy MH, Mike Adams MA (minutes), Marie Day MD, Terry Hamlin TH,Katrina Watts KW, Jon Watts JW
Members – John Cosh JC, Diane Rowland DR, Wendy Rowland WR
Club – Matt Parsons MP (SLO) Police Liaison – Dave Walker DW
Apologies – Reg Coombes RC, John Croker, Jon Darch JD, Julie Hayward JH, Scott Maker SM, James Nicholls JN, Sean Takle ST
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- Fans Funding Fans of the Future/BCSCT season cards
JD had emailed a first draft of a process for fans booking the BCSCT cards. One family would be allowed one ticket per season initially until demand is known and their details will be kept for one season only. A £50 deposit will be required to use the card and a system of return set up – to individuals or letter box.
- Legal and Police update
- Out legal case refers to events which will be three years ago this coming September. The ten claimants are still pursuing their case; the next steps are:
- case management – lawyers to agree maximum costs in advance of proceedings
- our lawyer to agree no-win-no-fee basis; we would still need to pay barrister’s costs
- exchange of witness statements and full disclosure
Expected costs are £10k; we are committed to a total of £13k. In order to cover this financial commitment, it was agreed to set up an online fundraiser with FSF support. If we win the case, the fund will be kept under the auspices of FSF to fund any similar case arising in future.
- We have been asked if we wish to enter a team in their six-a-side competition.
- Player-of-the-Year debrief
The event was well-organised though access to players was limited and only the three award winners stayed after the presentations.
- Supporters Bar – membership cards and permanent bar
JD had emailed the latest position.
- a) Michael Keeling, Catering Ops Manager at AG, says Heineken are confident they can pull lines to our bar from the main sports bar cellar, which would give us a full range of Guinness, Fosters, Heineken, Thatcher’s Gold and IPA. He has also enquired of Butcombe whether they could do similar.
- b) The Sport:80 contract has been received and shared with Stu and Miles. The ‘go live’ date will now need to slip back a bit so it might be easiest for members to continue to use their existing cards in the meantime. Trina insisted that members need cards to show on the Sports Bar door but she has not purchased new ones pending the alternative way of printing them online, which must be up and running for the start of next season [Action – Jon]. Members need to be made aware that their membership is rolling on an annual basis.
- ‘Atyeo Book’
It is a struggle to find a niche for this book, there having been a number of publications I recent years. Ma [agreed] to bring a plan to our next meeting.
- Safe standing – emailed report
A huge amount is going on. First the government petition (now at 111k) then the granting of the debate and getting MPs up to speed, then Watchdog. Shrewsbury’s launch is imminent. The replies to the EFL/FSF survey were 94% of 33k in favour. In a policy U-turn that week – the govt agreed to review the regulation which makes all-seater stadiums are compulsory at the top of the English game.
Jon was due to have a meeting with the shadow sports minister on Wednesday 6 June and a press conference with her on Friday. This was to be followed by more preparation for the debate and is all good political progress. A letter and briefing notes were due to go out under the name of the youngster who started the petition to all Tory MPs next week.
- Next meeting – Wednesday 4 July 2018