Monday, March 05, 2007

MCFC Supporters' Trust Is On The Way!

A big thank you to all those that attended yesterday's open meeting.

We will be posting at more length during the coming few days but over 150 people attended the meeting which, given the fact it was Sunday afternoon and the weather wasn't conducive to going out, we were happy with.

The meeting involved presentations from Dave Boyle, Deputy Chief Executive of Supporters' Direct, who talked about what trusts were and what their role was. Sean Hamill, a board member of Supporters Direct, lecturer at Birkbeck College and member of the Celtic Trust, talked on a wide range of issues affecting football fans at the moment and the intriguing possibility that we face an American-style, franchise-based future. Jon Keen, a board member of STAR (Supporters' Trust at Reading) spoke about how they had worked their way to a position where they had regular meetings with the Reading senior management team, even though the chairman owns the overwhelming majority of the shares.

Colin Howell and Colin Savage talked about why we needed a trust at City, our draft aims and how we felt these could be achieved.

The fact the people like Sean Hamill and Dave Boyle turned up shows the importance that Supporters' Direct attaches to a trust at Manchester City. They also felt that the attendance was excellent for a meeting of this type, although we would have liked standing room only! However it was interesting to see Paul Tyrrell sat at the back of the meeting together with another of the communications team from the club. They took plenty of notes so now have no excuse for not knowing what we are about or why a supporters' trust is not just another supporters' club.

After a very in-depth Q&A the motion was put that there should be a supporters' trust formed at Manchester City, with the draft aims as set out. The meeting was virtually unanimous in approving this. We will be publishing a response to the questions raised in the meeting and to other questions we have been asked in the near future.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill "It's not the end. It's not even the beginning of the end. But it is the end of the beginning." There's still an awful lot of work to do and we will be shortly announcing of how people can help in carrying out the next stage, which is the formal setting up of the trust.

But once again, thanks to all those who attended, participated and have helped us in the background. We are confident that the supporters of Manchester City will soon get the voice they deserve.


At 2:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ollie, please save our club....

At 4:57 pm, Blogger Andy H said...

Turned up a bit sceptical - you can't tell from a blog and 2 minutes on 5live - and now I'm sure this is the right thing and the right people. Great meeting and we might just be in time. I am getting back in touch with City fans whose skills the trust may need in the months ahead. All are supportive and they want to know more. Give us details of the 18 March meeting asap, please. And thanks for your graft so far, you 7.

At 5:52 pm, Anonymous lammyblue said...

As one of the 150 or so who attended I would like to thank the people behind the Trust movement. To be honest I was a little sceptical as to what effect we could have (having been ignored for so long) but having seen the quality of the speakers, the proposed aims and professional way the whole meeting was handled, I am now right behind it and will help wherever I can - just ask. If we are able to muster the sort of support mentioned, then the club we all love beyond all reasonable understanding will have no choice but to listen to those who have followed it through thin & thinner. I look forward to the i’s being dotted and the t’s crossed.

At 6:28 pm, Anonymous Colin Howell said...

Andy H,

Delighted you attended and thanks for the kind words.

After announcing we will be having a follow up meeting on the 18th March I was then informed it is Mothers Day so it might be moved to the following weekend (no games due to England playing in Israel). We'll keep you upto date.


At 7:25 pm, Blogger KOTK Editor said...

I have reported on the meeting on the KOTK blogspot. Although I wish the attendance had been higher, I was impressed with the manner of the whole event. Quality over quantity. Mr Tyrrell seems to be the only one who wasn't listening carefully, judging by his comment in today's M.E.N.
keep the faith, Sue

At 7:31 pm, Anonymous Heidi said...

Tsk tsk, how can you forget Mother's Day!
An excellent and informative meeting to kick things off.

At 10:19 pm, Blogger Bluetooth said...

First off I would like to thank Ollie and all who have helped get the ball rolling. Plus all the people who came from Celtic, Reading, etc. to help us and our club. I think one of the first things the trust should do is to invite them to enjoy some bad football and overpriced beer at our expense. I'll buy the beer.
The attendance was a bit dissapointing, but almost every City fan at work today, asked me what was said, so the interest is definitely there.
Not sure sure that I have any skills you will need long term, but if you need any help for the next meeting I left my name and number yesterday.



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