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TRUST STATEMENT REGARDING FLOODLIGHTS

Following the excitement of the FA Cup victory the Trust feels this is an important time to build on the success both on and off the field...

The board of Trust In Yellow was pleased to hear that the long awaited floodlight scheme has started and that work should be completed in the next few weeks. The recent damage to one of the pylons on the popular side only confirmed how important it is to get new lights in place quickly.

It was back in 2010 that members voted to support such a scheme and TIY raised its share of the money required by May 2012. Originally we were told by the club that the lights were to be in place by the summer of 2011 but there have been various delays until this summer when the Trust, shareholders and supporters were told they would be installed by November. The Trust welcomed the sponsorship of County Insurance to cover the club’s share of the total cost. Following the latest delay the Trust wrote to the club asking for clarification. In particular we would like to know:- what were the reasons for this delay?

Has the Football Stadia Improvement Fund agreed to fund 50% of the scheme?

What will be the total cost of the project?

When is it envisaged that the new lights will first be used for a match?

It is hoped the club will agree to meet the Trust to discuss these points and perhaps long terms plans for any further ground improvements which the Trust can support with the club. Until the Trust knows what its financial commitments are with regards to the lights it is obviously impossible to plan its budget for the future.

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MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING - THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER

1. Apologies for absence

Katrina, Noel, Colin

2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.

3. Treasurers report

The Trusts balance currently stands at £29,648. Of this £4,602 is earmarked for future commitments, the majority of this being coach travel to Derby. A total of £116.95 has been raised from Easyfundraising and the Annual Events Insurance has been renewed at a cost of £278. Next match signs have cost a total of £415 thus far.

4. Membership

Bill reported that the Trust currently has 218 members. Membership has already been picking up in response to the Derby game and it is hoped this will increase both on the day and in the weeks that follow.

5. Coach Travel

Over 500 people have expressed an interest in travelling with the Trust to Derby with over 300 of these having now paid. There will be a total of 10 coaches running with availability after that depending on cancellations once they have all been filled. The final day for payment to be made will be Boxing Day to allow a period for final arrangements to be made. Alan is looking for volunteers to be in charge of each coach which will primarily involve counting the number of people on each coach prior to departure on the outward and return journeys. Interest has waned somewhat in other fixtures following the FA Cup draw although it is likely there will be enough demand to run a coach to Kidderminster. The cut off date for confirming bookings for the Bristol weekend is 31st March. The coaches have run at a loss of £15 so far this season.

6. Cooperation with the club

A statement has been issued with regards to work starting on the floodlights. As the Trust is still waiting for feedback with regards to final expenses etc, a meeting will be requested in the near future and a further statement will be released once a response has been issued by the club.

7. Fundraising and events

The Race Night originally scheduled for January has been re-arranged for Saturday 21st March due to another booking in the Grandstand Bar. The Trust will liaise with Gary Brabin to try and ensure the attendance of the players. A possible Meet the Manager session will be held on Saturday 17th January depending on availability.

8. How to build on the Cup success

A quiz sheet will be given out to all those travelling on the coaches with prizes available including free membership for a year and discounted travel to an away match. The primary objective of this will be to obtain e-mail addresses so the Trust can keep in touch with prospective members and give them an insight into the Trust and what it does. Leaflets will also be available detailing Trust activities similar to the ones given out at the pre season friendlies.

9. Any other business

None.

10. Dates of next meeting

Tuesday 13th January – Members

Wednesday 25th February - Board

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NOVEMBER PLAYER OF THE MONTH GOES TO RUTHERFORD

 

Paul Rutherford has been voted the Trust in Yellow Player of the Month for November.

It is the second month running that Rutherford has picked up the award, continuing the rich vein of form he has shown since the appointment of manager Gary Brabin at the start of October.

In a month that brought Southport success in the FA Cup as well a strong set of results in the Vanarama Conference, Rutherford beat off strong competition from a number of players including goalkeeper David Raya Martin, who finished a close second.

Rutherford was presented with his award by Southport fan and Trust member Philip Caven ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy match against Wrexham.

The highlight of Rutherford’s month was probably the pivotal role he played in the win at Nuneaton Town, creating two of the Sandgrounders’ three goals, including one which saw him set off on a virtuoso run before setting up Richard Brodie.

Rutherford joins Brodie in having won the award twice this season.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote.

Supporters will have the chance to vote for December’s award at the end of the month.

Photo by Julia Urwin.

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MEMBERS' MEETING POSTPONED

Unfortunately we have had to postpone Tuesday's meeting due to the FA Trophy replay against Wrexham. This will now be re-arranged for the New Year.
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TRAVEL TO DERBY - UPDATE

A fantastic 450 people have booked on the coaches so far. The Trust would like to urge all those who have not yet paid to do so as soon as possible so you can receive your travel tickets. This can be done in the club shop between 5pm and 7pm on Friday or in the Trust office at the Wrexham game on Boxing Day.

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