Monthly Meeting, The Supporters Bar, Ashton Gate, Bristol BS3 2EJ
Wednesday 4th October 2017, 7.30pm
Board – Stuart Rogers SR (chair), Miles Hendy MH, Mike Adams MA (minutes), Jon Darch JD, Marie Day MD, James Nicholls JN
Members – John Croker, Diane Rowland DR, Wendy Rowland WR
The Club – Adam Baker AB BCFC, Mark Kelly MK AGL
Police Liaison – Julie Hayward JH A&S, Dave Walker DW A&S
Apologies – Terry Hamlin TH, Jon Watts JW, Trina Watts TW
- Supporters Bar including official opening
- a) The opening was rearranged for the Forest game on 16th December [action – MA to contact Marina Dolman and John Galley who is due to attend the match; MA/JD to email members]
- b) The opportunities for half-time drinks and now ‘2 for 1’ draught drinks for one hour post-match need publicising, one way being table menu-type advertising cards [action MA/JD]
- c) memorabilia need putting up. JD had circulated a mock-up. Sean Takle was investigation a possible ‘Street Art’ panel eg 8’ x 4’. Peter Wood had also offered a large print from his Highbury 1976 transparency. [action – JD to contact AGL staff]
- Legal and Police updates
- a) The reply deadline for West Midlands Police had been put back to 27 October.
- b) Following disorder away from Ashton Gate on the day of the Millwall game, one fan was due to appear in court for whom the police will seek a third banning order.
- c) Fans had been infiltrating the S82 area of the ground; this problem is being tackled.
- Accounts, AGM and elections
- a) The AGM is on 2 December [action – SR to obtain up-to-date list of paid-up members and prepare AGM documents, MA to make a first distribution by email and by post as necessary]. There are 12 spaces available on the board, 11 are currently filled. All current members are willing to stand again.
- b) The board voted unanimously to propose a motion at the AGM to change from full audits of accounts to independent examinations [action – SR to draft]. The motion will be included with any other motions in a second distribution with chairman’s report and election material if applicable.
- Q&A session with Steve Lansdown
The QPR game on 23 December is now a possibility but a venue has yet to be found [action – SR]. If unsuccessful a suitable game will be chosen in the new year eg Burton.
- Other Trusts’ membership fees and conditions
- MA had distributed two clubs to each member for them to research.
- DR – Reading – members get a megastore discount, away travel benefits and 20 loyalty points.
- WR – Birmingham City – three types of membership (a) £5 per annum (pa) of which £1 goes for a share in the club discounted to £20 for five years (b) U16 free (c) non-paying with no voting rights.
- JD – Ipswich – £5 pa of which £1 goes for a share, U18 section
- JD – Norwich – £12 pa – part towards share ownership
- MH – Sheffield Utd – 20 branches around the country whose main activities are to come together to watch matches on TV and organise joint travel to matches. Groups in Cheltenham, Sweden, Norway and London.
- MH – Leeds Utd – meet fortnightly, £10 pa, two free U18 accompany every ticket, buffet lunch at AGM where this year’s talk was by Alan Clarke, photos of board members are used.
- MA – Aston Villa – individuals or companies can be members, £5pa or £35 for 10 years, £75 for life. There are also associate and free non-voting membership categories.
A household membership is £7.50 pa, £50 for 10 years or £100 for life.
There is a list of commercial discounts and many other incentives, too many to list here.
- BCSCT – currently £12 pa Red, £30 pa bar membership, £60 pa voluntary additional funding.
There is clearly scope for BCSCT to pick up some useful ideas.
[actions – MA to put on next agenda plus an update of membership changes – MA/JD bimonthly PoY-type vote – MA regional groups]
- a) Coaches to Sunderland appear to be disproportionately expensive – AB answered that extra drivers are necessary. The question arose about CATS running at a profit – AB said it breaks even [action – AB to bring CATS figures to next meeting]
- b) There are no LGBT banners at Ashton Gate – AB answered that the Club supports all relevant campaigns and prints appropriate literature in other languages eg Polish.
7. Next meeting – Wednesday 1st November – FansBet on agenda and Norwegian fans visi