Lincoln City Supporters' Trust held their AGM in the Trust Suite at Sincil Bank on the 13th May 2010.
Over 60 members heard from Trust Chair Lissie Wilkins on the wide range of activities undertaken in the year. Lissie reported “In the early part of 2009, The Club’s the Hub came to the end of its period of employment funding. We believe they had achieved a lot for the Club and in the community and thank Paul Kenton, Blaise Thomas and Matt Harris for the hard work they put into the venture. In particular they should be applauded for the design and delivery of ‘starter offices’ in the boxes for non-match days and other projects they have completed to increase revenue to the Club.Although the Trust is no longer an employer Kevin Clayton and Geoff Wilkins continue to seek further funding for work to improve the inclusion and improvements for the community in the Sincil Bank area.
Members will be aware that in 2009 a new method for combining the Trust subscription with the season ticket purchase and a discount was not well understood and failed in its delivery. We apologise for that and assure you that lessons were learned for any further joint purchase plan involving the Club.
Issues surrounding the payments of agents emerged after a Football League report and the Trust relayed members’ concerns about this to the Club Board through our Trust elected Directors, David Beck and Jean Foster. The Trust confirmed that they were opposed in principal to the payment of agent’s fees.
Chris Ashton represented the Trust in sending complaints to Gillingham FC and Medway police concerning the poor policing of the supporters buses, especially for our disabled members, at the Gillingham match in February.
Our President, Graham Taylor, gave a donation to the Trust to purchase two season tickets for the Trust board to use at its discretion for good causes or to promote the Club or Trust. These have been used on many occasions including an instance when we introduced a pupil from an infant school and his father to their first football match – on the World Cup presentation evening. Can you imagine the son’s excitement – we can, he sent us a wonderful letter of thanks.
After the 2009 AGM a number of committees were formed including one to deal with public relations, marketing and membership matters. This is chaired by Rob Bradley and is sorting out issues with our website and making plans for a campaign for new membership and fund raising in the season 2010/2011. Rob Bradley and Steve Derbyshire worked together on producing a new calendar which was launched in the autumn to raise funds for the Club.
Your Trust continued to sponsor the Trust Suite, Andy Hutchinson’s kit and the kit for one of the Youth teams on your behalf. Total investment made to the Club on behalf of our members, £8,000.
As our members are well aware, during the year Peter Jackson left the Club and was replaced by Chris Sutton. We can report that your Supporter Directors were involved in all stages of these changes and fully support Chris Sutton’s appointment. Although not part of the report for 2009, as we complete this report we are aware that an election for Club Chairman will take place in June. Again your representatives will be concerned to see that any new Chairman continues to be not only prudent with the Club’s resources but have ambition to take the Club forward. We would also expect a new Chairman to acknowledge the support the Club receives from the Trust and share in it’s ethos of supporter influence and the wider community involvement.
As we have come to expect, Chris Ashton and Mike Thompson once again produced a first rate Trust dinner, in this case to celebrate the Club’s 125th anniversary. The proceedings went extremely well and produced a profit which went to Club funds. The Trust continues to arrange Fans Forums and during the year met in Newark and Sleaford.
Gold members continue to play an important role in the Club and Trust. Their support is tremendous and the Gold member meetings with the Club manager, Chairman and Club employees are lively and informative affairs.
In the autumn, Rick Keracher resigned from the Board. Rick was a founder member and has also served as a director of Supporters’ Direct. His past efforts on behalf of the Trust are well appreciated.
In the late part of 2009 we experienced some really bad weather which went into 2010. This not only affected playing fixtures but also planned meetings of the Trust Board. Inevitably, this postponed our work on the responses to the questionnaire we sent out to members. Work is proceeding and a report is expected soon. Display boards are now up in the Trust Suite identifying who the Trust Board members are. Please come along and meet us and discuss any issues – we are always there before a match!
It isn’t possible to report on all the roles and responsibilities taken on by your Board but I can report that all Board members contributed to our success during the year and are committed to further improvement projects in 2010. All Board members put a lot of time and effort into work involving the Trust and will continue to do so”.
During the remainder of the AGM it was reported that four nominations had been received to join the Trust board and, as there were four vacancies, David Beck, Steven Derbyshire, George Lee and Michael Thompson were elected. It was also reported that the Gold Supporter Director, Jean Foster had stood for re-election and was returned unopposed.
The AGM was followed by a presentation from Trust Director Rob Bradley who is leading the latest fund raising campaign, Trust us to Cover it. Rob explained that there is a new Football League requirement for clubs to have full pitch covers in an effort to reduce the number of games lost due to bad weather. The Trust is raising funds to contribute to the cost of purchasing a full pitch cover and by doing so leave more in the club budget for Chris Sutton to spend during the summer.
An open forum followed during which members had the opportunity to ask questions and put points to the Trust Board. Procedures for proposing changes to the Trust rules by following the existing Trust rules relating to calling an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) were explained and it was confirmed that the Trust Board is already developing changes to procedures to ensure that all members are made aware of this opportunity.
There was a clear recognition that not all Trust members have access to the internet and that it is essential that any proposed changes to Trust rules are communicated to all members. The forum was reminded that the cost of print and post for calling an EGM would be substantial and would have an effect on the monies available for the Trust us to Cover it campaign.
Details were provided on how specific donations had been used for the agreed purpose of purchasing shares in Lincoln City Football Club from the Club.
Following a showing of the DVD commemorating Keith Alexander there was a question and answer session with members of the Football Club Board. Questions ranged from possible summer signings and access to Sincil Bank through to training sessions and the appointment of new Club Chairman.
Supporter Director David Beck closed the evening by thanking Club chairman Steff Wright for his significant contribution to the Club and wished him well for the future.