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2005 CHAMPIONSHIP REUNION THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday, Trust in Yellow hosts the ten-year reunion for the Conference North championship squad of 2005.

Any title-winning season is special, but for Southport fans the way in which Liam Watson’s team achieved promotion back then is remembered with particular fondness.

A decade ago, the Sandgrounders triumphed as an epic title race reached a thrilling conclusion, winning the league at Harrogate Town on the final day of a memorable campaign.

This week’s reunion is in two parts. The first sees Watson’s squad from 2005 take on a team of supporters at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, kick-off 2pm.

The reunion then continues in the Grandstand Bar with a buffet, quiz and Q&A session with the players.

Event tickets for entry to both parts of the reunion have sold out. However, fans can still come along to the match only for an entry fee on the day of £2.

The level of interest in the event has been superb and with there being so many crowd favourites within that squad, the Trust is hoping for a large turnout at the match to give the legends a warm welcome.

The Trust has also produced a 32-page souvenir programme which, as well as being a memento of the day, is also intended to be a record of the 2005 title-winning season and features an in-depth lookback at that campaign.

The programme includes contributions from manager Liam Watson and a number of players from within the squad. In the build-up to the reunion during the week, interviews with two members of that squad, captain Chris Price and Kevin Lynch, will be available to read on our website.

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REUNION PROGRAMME ON SALE SUNDAY

As part of this week’s reunion for the 2005 Conference North title-winning squad, Trust in Yellow has produced a souvenir programme.

The programme features a lookback at the championship season from ten years ago and also includes a section on the fans’ match which forms the first part of the reunion.

Unlike the title-winning seasons of 1993 and 2010, a souvenir brochure was never produced in 2005 to celebrate the success. So, as well as being a momento of the reunion day itself, the programme is also intended to be a record of that never-to-be-forgotten season.

It is a 32-page production, costing £3, and with only one page of adverts there is plenty to read.

The programme includes a feature-length interview with manager Liam Watson looking back on his first championship season a decade ago. There are also pieces from Farrell Kilbane, Earl Davis, Terry Fearns, Jimmy Williams and Neil Robinson who, ten years on, provide the story from inside the dressing room.

There is a season review from Jonathan O’Byrne and contributions from Geoff Wilde and Haydn Preece among others.

With only 100 programmes available for sale, it is a limited edition publication and will be on sale from 1pm on Sunday.

Fans who live outside of town and are unable to attend the reunion but would like a programme should e-mail fans@trustinyellow.com.

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THANKS TO CHURCHTOWN CC

The Trust would like to thank all at Churchtown Cricket Club for their time and hard work in arranging today's Summer Bash. Sadly the event fell victim to the weather but we look forward to hosting another event together in the future.
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CHURCHTOWN CC SUMMER BASH - PARKING INFORMATION

A quick notice to all those attending on Sunday; please park your car on Roe Lane and not in the Rookery itself.

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TRUST STATEMENT ON COACH TRAVEL

To try and improve our transport to away matches we asked members for their suggestions which we have considered when planning next season. Here is a general outline of our policy for the coming season.

Pricing.

We have contacted TEN coach companies for quotes for this season but only got THREE replies from Elite, Vision and Alfa. Their quotes do give us some opportunity for improving our prices as you can see in the offers for the first four coaches of the season. As requested we have simplified the pricing structure which as agreed still gives a reduction in price for members. Usually this remains at £5 except when we are making a special offer as in the case to Macclesfield. There will be a further reduction for accompanied junior members though less than last year.

Since we have suffered a loss in recent seasons when people have booked for the coach and then not turned up on the day we shall only guarantee a place if you pay in full (or at least a large proportion of the larger fares) in advance. Only paid for bookings will be considered when we are deciding whether a coach will run. This money will not be fully returnable unless people who can't travel contact us in advance with genuine reasons.

Cancellation of coaches.

In all cases we shall try and make a decision as to whether a coach will run at an early stage to allow supporters the opportunity to make alternative arrangements if we cannot run a coach. The decision will be made on the basis of the amount of money we have actually collected at that point to cover the cost of the coach. As requested we will improve our communications via our website and twitter and when booking on the coach please give us your contact details so we can get in touch if necessary.

Pick up points outside Southport

For supporters who live away from Southport we are willing to consider pick up points on the route to games. For instance for people living in the Manchester area, if the coach is going on the M62 we could pick up in the Bury area or going down the M6 at a services or near an exit

Incentives for regular travellers

Members suggested some incentives for regular travellers on the coaches. We will consider at our next meeting whether we can offer reductions for their next trip to people who have travelled on five trips earlier in the season.

Arrival and departure times from matches

Some members asked if we could arrive earlier or leave later at matches but they were in a minority. Because of congestion on the Motorways we do need to make early start from Southport for more distant matches. We will normally plan to arrive about 60-90 minutes before a match and because of the wishes of the coach companies (and majority of passengers ) will leave straight after matches. We are willing to experiment on one or two occasions with arriving earlier in one or two suitable towns but will consult with members first.

Weekend Trip

Similarly we will be asking members shortly where they would prefer the weekend trip to be this season. We hope members will appreciate the efforts we are making to run the coaches at affordable rates but for us to be successful we need to have the support of members to book for trips early and to honour bookings made.

If you have any comments about these suggestions or any other ideas you think we should consider then please contact Martin Robinson at dmjrobinson@btinternet.com

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