Minutes September 2018

Monthly Meeting, The Supporters Bar, Ashton Gate, Bristol BS3 2EJ

Wednesday 5 September 2018, 7.30pm




Board – Stuart Rogers SR (chair), Mike Adams MA (minutes), Jon Darch JD, Marie Day MD, Terry Hamlin TH, James Nicholls JN, Katrina Watts KW, Jon Watts JW          Members – John Croker, Diane Rowland DR, Wendy Rowland WR

Club – Dave Barton (Head of Communications) DB                Police Liaison – Julie Hayward JH, Dave Walker DW

Apologies – Mikes Hendy, Reg Coombes RC, Scott Maker SM, Matt Parsons MP (SLO)


  1. Matters arising

Atyeo Statue   An email will be sent giving members first final option of a name on the plinth.

Walter Tull   A copy of the newspaper report in question – The Daily News, 4 October 1909 – has been circulated. Mike will now try to find local match reports in the Central library.


  1. Dave Barton, Head of Communications, Bristol City Football Club
  • Dave Barton, Head of Communications, Bristol City Football Club
  • The chair welcomed Dave to Ashton Gate and to our meeting; Dave gave a summary of his work beginning as a journalist with the Western Morning News and Western Daily Press. He became media manager for the RFU over three world cups then the British & Irish Lions before setting up his own consultancy. He plays football and cricket for his village team.
  • He is committed to working towards making BCFC a leading football club in England. He realises he does not have a BCFC background but regards himself as a communications expert, who is able to best project the Club externally. An example is helping the players talk to the media. He manages James Crawley and Ed Lewis and reports to Mark Ashton. In answer to questions he said:
  • His contract is with Bristol Sport but he works for BCFC
  • He would look into the reported poor sound system in the Dolman Stand
  • Tweets after games do not exist now but a manger for social media will soon be appointed
  • The whole communications strategy of the Club would be reviewed
  • Media Watch had been removed from the website as it was not a good use of resources
  • Communications are important to the die-hard fans as well as to the general public
  • His remit is to give the fans an insight on City channels but they would not get from any other channel


  1. Safe standing

JD gave an update – he is speaking to a League One club about installing two short rows of rail seats on an existing terrace to demonstrate a fan-to-seat capacity of more than 1:1 – important as all other installations so far have been 1:1.


  1. Legal and Police

a) Smoke bomb incident   This took place at the screening of an England game. Two of the four involved have been identified and received club bans – not legal football banning orders.

  1. b) Flag Day This went well barring some smoke
  2. c) Blackburn game A youth was ejected and re-entered; police will ask for a football ban
  3. d) Parking cones residents are putting out their private cones. BCFC are doing all they can to alleviate the parking problem. The police have no authority in parking, which is a matter for Bristol City Council. The police can only deal with obstructions. DW [action] agreed to acquire a map of official cones, which are put out by a private company employed by BCFC.
  4. e) Park & Ride Unfortunately this cannot be used because of its working terms.
  5. f) Other parking points

Could away fans use the Avonmouth P&R area and be bussed in to games?

Could roads be closed on a regular basis as they were for the Manchester City and United games?

[action DW – to email Pete Smith on both questions].


  1. Supporters Bar

The new membership system should be in operation in the next two weeks.

Volunteers are required to man the bar for the Villa game on Friday 28 of this month.

Till prices need to match the concourse in good time before the bar opens for business. [action JD]

A quote for producing the honours boards has been accepted and work can proceed once the lists of names have all been provided. [action MA]


  1. Fans Funding Fans for the Future

Our tickets have been booked for every game except one this season. We should make more publicity from this success eg on our website and in the matchday programme.


  1. Financial matters

January 12 was agreed as the AGM date. For various reasons no November or December date was suitable but in future years we will try to hold the AGM by 31 December.


  1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Our officers need to take necessary care with personal data of members according to GDPR.


  1. AOB

JH said a police team enjoyed a good game against a Bristol Rovers Community Trust team at Lockleaze Sports Centre. Bristol City Community Trust will be approached for a similar game. The police are planning an open day where they will show how they operate on a matchday. The Police Superintendant could be asked to attend our AGM and talk on “How we police a game”. [action JH/DW]


  1. Next meeting Wednesday 3 October 2018

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