Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 7.30pm, The Rising Sun
Board Stuart Rogers (chair), Mike Adams (mins), Jon Darch, Marie Day, Terry Hamlin, James Nicholls, Jon Watts, Trina Watts
Members John Croker, Diane Rowland, Wendy Rowland
Bristol Sport Adam Baker
Police Liaison Officers Julie Hayward, Dave Walker
Apologies Miles Hendy,
- ACTION JD/MK should read ‘Next meeting to progress the Atyeo Bar will be in December.’
- ACTION MA Marie’ not ‘Luke’
With these amendments the minutes were accepted as a true record.
- Matters arising
- There had been a few problems with collecting post from the Box Number. [ACTION – JN]
- The auditor had requested and received a letter of engagement.
- There were no reported problems in relation to the SLO. It was suggested that the
position be better publicised and Adam should add SLO to his title.
10(b) Only 10-15 seats in the Atyeo Stand are affected.
- Members Surgery
Homophobic chanting by Brighton fans was alleged within the hearing of visiting German fans.
Brighton & Hove Albion are said to be monitoring the problem – what can we do?
Adam said, the Club spent £50 on Facebook adverts, 15 Polish fans attended the last game.
A Polish page is to go online for ticket and other purchases. [ACTION – AB]
- Supporters bars
No progress on the ground is likely until the new year.
- Atyeo Statue
The statue was now in situ and still under wraps. Mike circulated an itinerary for the unveiling (qv); he had sent commentary notes to MC David Lloyd. Up to 18 former players from the Atyeo Era are expected to attend the unveiling. Mike was empowered to purchase matchday programmes for them and post as necessary.
- Atyeo Commemorative Book
Some contributions have been received and there are many possibilities. We expect the project to lift off after the unveiling of the statue.
It was agreed to email a newsletter on a monthly basis unless there was insufficient news. The monthly agenda with the ‘members Surgery’ item would be included.
- Legal case
The lawyer had taken a statement from PC Julie Hayward. There are now up to 25 potential plaintiffs. West Midland Police must reply by the end of February. It was made clear that:
- a) If the matter is settled out of court, there will be no confidentiality issues
- c) The outcome will be the same for all plaintiffs and if an offer of settlement is refused, that decision will have to be justified in County Court [ACTION – SR to check details]
- BCFC Working Group
There are 12 members. Fans will be asked to state what they like and do not like and as a result of feedback a questionnaire will be launched in July.
- Gerry Gow
Gerry’s son Chris had been in regular contact, personally and in the media. The family are happy for events to be organised to support Gerry’s wife Joolz. Lee Johnson is helping the cause by running in the Bristol Half-Marathon. Alan Dicks is willing to help in any way he can.
- BCFC Items – Adam Baker
- a) Blackburn game – 1,744 opted to bring a friend for £10
- b) Rugby – 3,382 free tickets had been taken up by BCFC fans
- c) Derby – approximately 1,000 had taken advantage of the ‘Quid-a-Kid’ offer, which will be repeated in the second part of the season
- d) Membership offer – will be operative from 1st December to 31st January – £20 plus a free ticket
- e) Concourse revenue – in general up 55% on a football matchday. ? £60,000 compared with £25,000 last year
- a) Cardiff away is to be policed as B grade game – the highest security being grade C
- b) Prices generally are high and in the present economic climate should remain frozen next season
- Next meeting
Wednesdays 7th December