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ANOTHER GREAT OFFER FOR TRUST MEMBERS

Elite Positive Fitness on Virginia Street is a community gym which specialises in one-to-one sessions and caters for the absolute beginner through to the advanced athlete. It covers such things as circuit training, running classes, Thai Boxing, kettlebells etc.

Some of the things the gym is offering TIY members on production of their membership cards are:

15% off all classes, ladies boxing(7pm Fridays)for £2(normally £5), ladies circuit training(9am Saturdays)for £2(normally £5), mens circuit training(11am Sunday) for £2(normally £5), Running Club(Mon 6pm, Wed 6pm, Fri 5pm)FREE.

Why not visit the gym and ask for Mark for more details or contact Colin Aindow on 07861 416859.

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MINUTES OF MEMBERS' MEETING - TUESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

1. Apologies for absence

Katrina, Colin

2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

The presentation of the September Player Of The Month award was a success with John Bennett, one of the fans who made the journey to Grimsby, doing the honours.

3. Treasurers report

The Trusts balance currently stands at £25,195. A payment of £840 was recently made to the club for last seasons community coaching. The next match signs have cost £235 so far and £88 has been set aside for the prize for this seasons Prediction League. A total of £1,275 has been raised since the start of July through membership renewals.

4. Membership

Bill reported that the Trust currently has 212 members although this doesnt include renewals that were due in September and October. Junior memberships continue to be acquired at an increased rate with any junior nominated to present the Player Of The Month Award being offered 6 months free membership.

5. Liaising with local companies

Elite Positive Fitness is the latest local business to offer discounts to Trust members thanks to Colins efforts. There has already been quite an uptake from supporters and it is hoped that these initiatives will boost membership in the long term, as well as promoting the club in the community.

6. Coach Travel

The coaches have run at a net surplus of £42 so far this season. At the time of the meeting 24 were confirmed for the Tamworth coach which will definitely be running. Phil has begun to make enquiries regarding the weekend in Bristol towards the end of the season.

7. Cooperation with the club

Noel had been in touch with Haydn who stated that the floodlights will be installed as quickly as possible and that there is no need for alarm. The Trust will push for an official press release so that supporters can be kept up to date with developments. With regards to this seasons community coaching it was agreed that the Trust cannot commit funds until a clearer timescale for the installation of the floodlights is known.

8. Fundraising

The Race Night will now take place early in the new year with the 17th January the likely date. The buy a brick scheme would possibly consist of plaques that would be displayed on the wall at the back of the club shop. Any 50/50 draw is unlikely at the moment as it would clash with the clubs Golden Goal competition.

9. Other Trust events

Gary Brabin will be asked about taking part in a meet the manager session. Being a popular figure the Trust is sure this would be a well attended event and is keen to build a rapport with what will hopefully be a long term appointment.

10. Results of Questionnaire on attendances

A total of 21 replies were received to the questionnaire which asked supporters for their opinions of why gates have dropped and what can be done to improve them. The main factors were seen as the quality of football and the infrastructure of the club. It was agreed that attracting the youngsters of the town to watch Southport was a key issue and this could be a long term project for the Trust.

11. Any other business

None.

12. Dates of next meeting

Tuesday 18th November - Board Tuesday 16th December - Members

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NEXT MEMBERS' MEETING - TUESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

The meeting will commence at 7.30pm in the Grandstand Bar. If you can't make it but wish to raise an item for discussion e-mail fans@trustinyellow.com or pop into the Trust office at the Welling game.

The agenda is as follows:

1. Apologies for Absence.

2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

3. Treasurers report

4. Membership.

5. Liaising with local companies

6. Coach Travel.

7. Cooperation with the club(floodlights, community coaching etc)

8. Fundraising(Race Night, Buy a Brick, webshop etc)

9. Other Trust events(Meet the Manager etc)

10. Results of Questionnaire on attendances.

11. Any other business.

12. Dates of next meetings.

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TRAVEL WITH THE TRUST TO TAMWORTH - DEFINITELY RUNNING

Southport's next away game is the FA Cup tie at Tamworth on Saturday 25th October. To book phone Alan Scarisbrick on 07980911693.

Prices are as follows:

Members: In advance £17, On the day £20

Juniors(accompanied by adult member): In advance £8, On the day £10

Non members: In advance £22, On the day £25

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WELCOME BACK GARY BRABIN

It has been a very disappointing start to the season and a series of disappointing results have seen attendances drop alarmingly. After the Woking defeat Martin Foyle and his assistant Andy Porter left the club and Gary Brabin has been appointed as the new manager. Gary is probably best remembered by supporters for his efforts on the field as part of the successful fight to escape relegation from the Conference in season 2005/6. He also managed us for a short time in 2008 before moving on to manage Cambridge United and Luton Town.

We hope that Gary can inspire the will to win in the players that he showed as a player to help us in the battle to get away from the relegation places.

All members of TIY will wish to give Gary and his assistant Paul Carden a warm welcome to Southport and the Trust looks forward to working with them over the coming years. We hope it will be possible for us to organise a Meet the Manager event in future months.

We were all very disappointed that things did not work out successfully for Martin Foyle. As a Trust we were grateful for his friendliness and willingness to help with such things as the Meet the Manager evening and our World Cup Sweepstake draw. Results have been disappointing (though those who travelled to Grimsby will remember the long awaited away win!) but we would like to wish Martin and Andy every success in their future football careers.

The club urgently needs some stability on the playing side. All members will agree that these are difficult times at the Merseyrail Community Stadium. We only hope that Gary and Paul can bring about improved results on the field and that off the field the board improves its communication with the Trust and supporters in general and that promises are kept. The Trust wants to see the present negative atmosphere surrounding our club lifted as soon as possible.

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