Open Meetings


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


12. Dates of next meeting

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

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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 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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1. Apologies for absence

Phil, Colin.

2. Matters arising from last meeting

All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.

3. Treasurers report

The Trusts balance currently stands at GBP24465. A payment of GBP1500 has been made to the club for primary school coaching and next match signs have cost a total of GBP600 this season. A cheque for GBP200 has been received from The Champion for the use of Julias photos and the six month fixed rate deposit of GBP15000 has now matured gaining GBP130 interest. Sales of the DVD from the players reunion of 2011 continue to generate funds with the function having raised a total of GBP2181 to date.

4. Membership

Bill will be contacting lapsed members in June as this was successful last year in getting people to renew memberships. Once details of the friendly fixtures have been announced arrangements can be made for a table promoting the Trust to be present at one of the home fixtures.

5. Cooperation with the club

New quotes will be given to the Trust shortly regarding contribution for the floodlights as previous estimates received are now out of date. Preliminary work has started on the lights which will be installed in time for the new season. The Trust’s statement issued on the website regarding the departure of John Coleman was largely well received by supporters after widespread discontent about the tone of the statement issued by the club. A further GBP2500 towards community coaching is still waiting on the Trust receiving confirmation about when and where the coaching took place. Following the completion of the floodlight project the Trust wish to meet with the club to discuss future projects. The main aims will be to have a clear goal and to avoid another drawn out scenario such has been present with the floodlights.

6. F.A. Commission Plans

All members present were unanimously against the proposals to introduce B teams into the League structure. A statement expressing the Trust’s opposition will go on the website in due course.

7. Coach Travel

Coaches were run to a total of 15 games last season. The Trust would like to thank Charlie Clapham for subsidising the coaches to Salisbury and Gateshead as well as Arthur and Steve from Elite Travel for their reliable and friendly service. Thanks also to Alan and Phil for organising and running the coaches. Once the new fixtures have been released all coach companies in the area will be canvassed and a weekend trip will be looked into.

8. Fundraising and other events

Several suggestions were made regarding how best to use the 25 yellow balls donated by Alan Drury. These included using them as competition prizes and auctioning them off signed at the Race Night. A suitable location is still being sought for the proposed Buy a Brick scheme and Martin reported that the webshop has raised GBP50 since January. The Trust will also look into hosting a meet the manager session with new manager Martin Foyle.

9. Review of Awards for 2013/14

The Trust will continue to run the Fan Of The Season and the Player Of The Month awards for 2014/15. The players presentation evening following the Easter Monday match against FC Halifax was a success despite being arranged at extremely short notice. It is the Trusts intention to organise a specific awards evening next season regardless of the clubs position on the pitch. The Fan Of The Season award would also be incorporated into this.

10. Any Other business

Alan Scarisbrick reported that former player Darren Brookfield is sadly seriously ill in hospital. All at the Trust wish Darren a full and speedy recovery.

11. Dates of next meetings

Wednesday 11th June - Committee

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1. Apologies for Absence.

2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

3. Treasurers report

4. Membership

5. Cooperation with the club

Floodlights, discussion about recent statements by club and Trust about change of manager, future plans for cooperating with club, etc;

6. F.A. Commission Plans

Discussion of the recent proposals, especially the one to create a new division above the Conference. Members views will be passed on to Supporters Direct who represent the Supporters Trust movement

7. Coach Travel.

Plans for coach travel in new season

8. Fundraising and other events.

Including webshop,  buy a brick. gift of 25 footballs; Meet the Manager etc;

9. Review of Awards for 2013/14.

Plans for awards for new season

10. Any Other business.

11. Dates of next meetings

The meeting will take place at 7.30pm in the Vice Presidents bar.

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Southport supporter Andrew Bostwick has been named the first Trust in Yellow Fan of the Season.

Andrew, who is an ever-present at the Merseyrail Community Stadium this season and a regular at the Sandgrounders’ away games, was announced as the award-winner at the final home match of the season against FC Halifax Town on Monday.

He was presented with a signed home shirt and a trophy having been nominated by his daughter Sophie.

“My dad has brought me up from a young age coming to watch Southport and hardly ever misses a game,” said Sophie.

"He works seven days a week but always makes time and space so he can come and watch Southport. The club means so much to him and works very hard to get to the matches.

“He always goes to away games and will find transport to get there to see his favourite players.

“My dad has always been by my side and no matter what he will make time to go and watch Southport play.

“He always goes for a beer at the club before the match to talk to other fans which he really loves doing.”

Andrew is pictured receiving his award from Trust chairman Alan Scarisbrick and daughter Sophie.

The Trust introduced the award this season as a way of recognising an unsung hero and a fan who demonstrates the sort of passion that sums up what it means to follow Southport.

The Trust would like to thank everyone who made a nomination for this season’s award and entries will open again at the start of the next campaign.

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