Thursday
Aug092018

FST Election Results 2018

FULHAM SUPPORTERS’ TRUST

SOCIETY BOARD ELECTION AUG 2018

INDEPENDENT SCRUTINEER’S REPORT AND ELECTION RESULTS

8th August 2018

It was an honour to be asked to be the independent Scrutineer for the Fulham Supporters’ Trust Board Elections 2018 and it has been an interesting experience.

Nine vacancies were declared, and ten nominations were received but on informing the nominees one decided to withdraw leaving us with nine nominees for nine positions.

Therefore, as the Independent Scrutineer, and in line with rule 3.7 of the Election Rules, I declare those nine nominees appointed.

Those appointed are: Ian Clarke; Sue Couch; Dan Crawford; Chris Gilbertson; Tom Greatrex; Les O’Gorman; Gerry Pimm; Archie Rhind-Tutt; and Owen Smith.

In line with the current Constitution, at the first Society Board meeting lots shall be drawn to determine which four nominees are appointed for a two-year term, or part thereof, and the other five will then be deemed to be appointed for a one-year term or part thereof.

There should then be a further election prior to the next AGM where three vacancies will be declared, and the five retiring Directors will be eligible to stand again for election as will any other eligible members. This will then leave the required two spaces for co-opted Directors.

As part of my role I am required to report whether the current Society Election Rules Regulations and Procedures and the Society Constitution were adhered to. I am satisfied they were.

However, I consider that both the current Election Rules, Regulations and Procedures and the current Constitution are no longer fit for purpose and need to be updated as a matter of urgency. The former for the next Election and the latter for proposal to the next AGM.

I would recommend that both are reviewed in consultation with Supporters Direct who will advise on best practice.

Best wishes, Neil Le Milliere

Independent Scrutineer 2018

 

Board Statements

Monday
Jul302018

FST Board Elections

To our Members

 

Thank you for your continued support and membership of the Trust. We have had a very positive year on the pitch, culminating in that tremendous #FFCWhiteWall of support in the Wembely sunshine as we secured promotion to the Premier League – with the new season now just around he corner.

 

I am pleased to say that for the Fulham Supporters’ Trust, we had a positive year too. We held an end of season event in May 2017, an entertaining evening with former manager Micky Adams, and hosted Fulham’s Chief Executive, Alistair Mackintosh, and Finance Director, Sean O’Laughlin for a Q&A at our AGM in the lead up to the play-off final this May.

 

With the support and representations from many Trust members, fans and residents alike, planning permission for a new Riverside stand was secured – an important aspect of keeping Fulham FC in Fulham for the long term. News of Shahid Khan’s interest in purchasing Wembley, also included a welcome commitment to maintaining plans for redevelopment of the Riverside Stand at Fulham, whether or not the FA agree to see Wembley.

 

The Trust has also continued to hold regular monthly meetings with Fulham management, and in late 2017 became the first (then) EFL club’s Supporters’ Trust to agree a memorandum of understanding with the Club to underpin that relationship. We ask our members to put forward issues to raise, and then reporting back to members after the meetings take place. We have been able to secure some changes in approach from the Club, and continue to act as an independent voice for Fulham fans – working with the Club in the interests of fans, and challenging them where that is needed.

 

The Trust is also affiliated to the two current national supporters bodies – Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation (FSF). We have worked closely with SD on developing structured dialogue, memorandum of understanding and the protection of stadiums, and with the FSF on ticket pricing, kick off times and safe standing. Trust members are involved in both organisations.

 

The Trust belongs to you, our members, and is there to act as your voice to the custodians of our Club. As ever with such organisations, there is a small group of volunteers who undertake a lot of the hard work behind the scenes – some of the current Board will be standing down after many years of tireless service, and all of the current interim Board welcome the involvement of new people, with new ideas, a fresh perspective and a willingness to get involved to help build the Trust into the future.

 

If you have skills, experience and interest in finance, accounting, websites, social media, running events – or just want to pitch in, please do fill in the nomination from which can be downloaded from the link below, along with other information on the elections.If we have more nominations than places to fill, we will then run an election according to the Election timetable.

All documents can be downloaded here:


Election Rules

Election Timetable

Nomination Form

 

If you would like more information on getting involved in your Trust, then please do not hesitate to contact us via twitter (@fulhamsupptrust) or by email to fulhamtrust@gmail.com


Thank you again for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Tom Greatrex

Chair, Fulham Supporters’ Trust

Wednesday
Jul182018

Notes from July meeting with Fulham Football Club

Michael Gregg and Dan Crawford of the Fulham Supporters’ Trust met with Alistair Mackintosh (AM, chief executive officer), Casper Sylsvig (CS, chief revenue officer), Carmelo Mifsud (CM, communications media relations manager), and David Daly (DD, non-executive director) of Fulham Football Club at Motspur Park on Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 10:30am

MATCH TICKETS
Following the commencement of sale for the first three home games of the season it came to the attention of fans that those who had purchased Membership to Fulham Football Club were to given first choice in buying available match tickets ahead of Season Ticket holders, this being a change from past practices. The Trust asked the club for clarification on the rules in place for buying Match Tickets.

CS confirmed that for home league games that those with Membership will be given first choice in buying home tickets. It will vary from game to game with regards how many they can per membership and that there will be a window for them to buy tickets before they are then released to Season Ticket holders and finally General Sale.

Reasons given were past purchase history data (Number of tickets sold to ST holders) and also to give those purchasing Membership value for money and help build the future fan base of the club.

The Trust asked if any changes like this in future could be published not just mentioned in the T&C’s so not to cause confusion and unrest in future.
The procedure for away tickets has not changed from previous seasons and will still be based on allocation and loyalty points. The Trust asked when tickets for Spurs away would become available and CS confirmed it should be during week commencing 16th July.
 
SEASON TICKETS
The Trust asked if the club would be using a scheme for Season Ticket holders who could not attend matches to have the ability to resell the Tickets.
CS said that they were finalising the details and should be launched soon.

PRE-SEASON
With FFC playing a couple of games at Aldershot the Trust asked why they were being held there and not at Craven Cottage. AM replied that it was in part to save the pitch as it would not be fully ready until the first friendly and a combination of costs and ground availability elsewhere.

The Trust thanked the club for putting on the Coach for those fans who are going to be in France but again pointed out that better communication on when and where games would be played would have helped.

NEW KIT & SPONSORSHIP
The Trust asked when the new kit would be made available and was informed it would be launched the day after the meeting.

On the question of main sponsor CS would not say who it was but did confirm that a higher calibre of sponsor had been reaching out to the club to get involved in many areas. He also pointed out that the club wanted to be faithful to previous sponsors where possible.

FULHAM FCTV
When asked if this would continue in the current format and pricing CM said that it would and that the content was looking to be enhanced and provide more for the subscribers.

PLAYOFF AND SEASON HIGHLIGHTS DOWNLOADS
Following up last month’s question on the ability to download and purchase both the Playoff Final and Season Highlights packages CS said they were still looking into it.

PREMIER LEAGUE GROUND REQUIRMENTS
The Trust had received a couple of complaints due to fans being moved from seats they had bought as Season Ticket Holders. CM replied that while the regulations required the club to increase the size of the Press Box and also make space in the Riverside for a Camera site. The complaint we received was on how this had been dealt with and CM said he would look into the complaint and hope to resolve it. A point from this is that club have to make space for 3 UK based broadcasters and 15 overseas rights holders.

The Cottage Café has also now been closed and turned into a Press/media area for interviews and press conferences.

PA SYSTEM & ON PITCH INTERVIEWS
Once again, the Trust had received requests about the PA system. AM confirmed that new microphones had been purchased and that the system had been looked at close to the end of the season.

The Trust asked if it would be possible for the interviews that take place with ex-players at Half Time be recorded and made available on the website due to fans unable to hear them at the time or even watch on the big screens. AM asked CM to look into this and felt this was a good idea and one they should go forward with.

RIVERSIDE STAND
Asked by the Trust to give an update on the Riverside AM confirmed that no contractor was in place yet and that the date of a working group meeting to discuss the movement of Season Ticket holders would be chased and given to the Trust

COACHING CHANGES
The Trust asked what had led to Scott Parker coming back to the club and AM said that Scott had been asked to stay before he left for Spurs, but felt he needed to manage the U18 team there.

Following this last season the club approached Spurs and Scott re-joined the coaching team in the role vacated now by Stuart Gray.

TRANSFERS AND CONTRACT EXTENSIONS
The Trust asked about ongoing transfers and AM said that they are progressing and that news of arrivals should be in the next day or so. While they have a number in mind with regards the total number of players they want to bring in, the club did not want to make that public through these notes.
Work on finding some of the younger players clubs they can be loaned to has already started with two players already gone on season long loans.
Contract extensions are ongoing and hopefully a number of others will be announced over the coming weeks.
 
HISTORY PROJECT
Meeting was still to arranged between DD and the Trust to kick off the work required to help make sure the new Riverside Stand incorporates Fulham’s History
 
Meeting closed 11:35am

Tuesday
Jun262018

Notes from June meeting with Fulham Football Club

TRUST JUNE NOTES
Tom Greatrex, Michael Gregg and Dan Crawford of the Fulham Supporters’ Trust met with Alistair Mackintosh (AM, chief executive officer), Casper Sylsvig (CS, chief revenue officer), Carmelo Mifsud (CM, communications media relations manager), and David Daly (DD, non-executive director) of Fulham Football Club at Motspur Park on Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 10:30am

PREMIER LEAGUE MEETINGS
Fulham attended their first Premier League meeting last week having won promotion. They were welcomed back by the other Premier League clubs and it was agreed that the Club would report back to the Trust on the issues discussed at future Premier League meetings which are held quarterly. AM confirmed that the recently publicised decision on a winter break was taken at a previous Premier League meeting and that Fulham did not vote on the issue. It was too early to say what Fulham’s plans would be for the proposed winter break.

PRE-SEASON PREPARATION
The Trust thanked the Club for the advance notice of the Fulham’s pre-season tours and friendlies. The Club have subsequently announced that Fulham’s final pre-season friendly will be held at Craven Cottage on August 4th against Celta Vigo.

MERCHENDISE and KIT
The Trust enquired as to if the end of season Video and playoff final would be available as a download instead of just on DVD. CS replied he would investigate the possibility of making that available.

CS confirmed that the new kit will be produced by Adidas as per the current contract and will be on sale in July. It was not confirmed as to who would be the sponsor for the coming season, even though the club are halfway through a two-year deal with Grosvenor Casinos.

The Trust queried why none of the training kit had been produced in white. AM, CS and CM said that the Club hadn’t produced white training gear for some time but the idea of producing more white merchandise, following the success of the white wall at Wembley, would be considered. AM said that Slavisa Jokanovic and his coaching team preferred the darker colours for training kit.

TICKETING
The Club would still be using Ticketmaster as their ticketing contractor for another two years. AM and CS confirmed that the Club were still receiving feedback from supporters following the play-off final and that this would be reviewed. Trust representatives reiterated some of the difficulties encountered by fans, most notably when trying to book by telephone, with many having received very high phone bills as a result. The Trust also asked that feedback from supporters be part of discussion with Ticketmaster particularly in relation to online and phone capacity. AM also acknowledged the questions he received at the Trust’s AGM but believed that, despite those frustrations, the Club’s overall ticketing policy for Wembley had been proved effective in ensuring high numbers of Fulham fans in attendance.

CS also confirmed that they are talking to Ticketmaster for an update on the upgrade they were working on to allow fans to pick away seating at games.
AM and CS confirmed that the loyalty point ticketing system would be in place for away tickets during the forthcoming season. It is particularly likely to come into operation at grounds with smaller away allocations, such as Bournemouth. CS asked the Trust to put forward any ideas or changes for the current Loyalty Scheme and the Trust confirmed it would look for feedback from fans and look at this in a future meeting.

RIVERSIDE STAND REDEVELOPMENT
The Trust raised correspondence received about the relocation of Riverside season ticket holders during the construction period for the Riverside Stand and their return once this work was complete. Some supporters had also been in contact about the potential of moving into the Putney End, which the Club was considering as a feasible option along with other solutions. The Trust will take these ideas forward through the proposed working group and liaise with Sean O’Loughlin in the first instance. It was envisaged that a series of meetings could be held with Riverside season ticket holders to discuss various options and deal with specific queries.

AM confirmed that there are no further hurdles with the planning permission for the Riverside Stand now that the PLA have given their consent. He also confirmed that the Club were pressing on with the appointment of a contractor for the works and they hope to have this completed by the end of July. Once this is confirmed and the appointed contractor has had initial discussions with the Club, Fulham will be able to release further information about the timescale for the construction works.

Supporters have been in touch with the Trust about the possibility of incorporating some of the Club’s history and heritage within the new stand as well as discussing what could be housed within the new facilities. It was agreed that David Daly, club historian Alex White, representatives of the Trust and supporters be invited to discuss some of these proposals over the summer.
 
18/19 SEASON TICKET PRICES
The Trust raised the announcement of pricing for season tickets for new applicants for 2018/2019. AM stated his view that existing season ticket holders had benefited from an attractive renewal offer prior to the cut-off date and that the Club did need to look at sales from a business perspective.

AM and CS said that the strong take-up from existing season ticket holders meant that the Club felt justified to price the small number of remaining season tickets available at increased prices and that the Club had received 8000 expressions of interest from fans for season tickets since the play-off final, indicating significant demand over the available number of season tickets. The Club confirmed that there was a cap in number of season tickets available to comply with Premier League rules and also in anticipation of a reduced capacity when work on the Riverside Stand redevelopment commences, ahead of the 2019/20 season. Those who had expressed an interest in purchasing a season ticket were being contacted over the course of the next few weeks in order of priority – based on booking history, membership and when they expressed an interest. AM and CS also said that some of the pricing increase in the Riverside Stand was designed to prepare season ticket holders for the construction of the new stand, whilst the increased prices and contacting of those who have expressed interest individually would also hopefully prevent touting from being prevalent.

The Trust raised concerns and gave examples of increases in both adult and junior season ticket pricing if these came into effect for 2019/20. The Trust expressed their concern that even with a reduced capacity in 2019/20, using the published prices for new applications in 2018/19 as the renewal level for 2019/20 would restrict the number of long-standing fans able to commit to season tickets, or whose season ticket purchase might come at the expense of being able to support the Club at away and Cup fixtures in higher numbers.

AM confirmed that the prices published at this time did not represent any kind of baseline or starting point for 2019/20, and that no decisions had yet been taken about future pricing.

The Trust proposed a number of ideas for consideration ahead of decisions being made for 2019/20, including the possibility of introducing two pricing bands for junior season tickets (such as an under-12 and under-18 cut off) to mitigate the significant increase in prices for children.

The Trust also suggested that the Club should consider looking at the ways that other clubs have reward loyalty amongst their season ticket holders within their future pricing structure, citing the example of Watford’s price bandings following promotion as one that could be considered in balancing long-standing loyalty with sales to new fans at a ground with a smaller capacity.

Continuing the debate with other examples the club stated they would be considering a range of options, and the Trust asked that this be a subject for ongoing discussion and consultation ahead of any final decisions being taken. The Trust also committed to providing a report that included both supporter opinion and approaches taken by other Clubs as the basis of further discussion prior to plans for 2019/20 being announced by the end of the 18/19 season.

CS revealed that he would shortly be presenting to the Club’s board about match day pricing and memberships. It was the Club’s intention to continue with a membership scheme, although they were unable to confirm precise details at this time.

TRANSFER DEALINGS AND RECRUITMENT
AM said that the Club were making good progress with regards to acquiring targets in the transfer market for the forthcoming season. The system for recruitment would remain the same as in January, although he expected that the completion of deals may well be delayed by the World Cup. The Club were actively looking to sign the right players as soon as possible, especially given the earlier end date of the summer transfer window this season.

SAFE STANDING
The Trust raised the recent announcements by the Government and the Labour Party on safe standing, which were likely to devolve the decision to clubs and local safety advisory groups. The Hammersmith and Fulham safety advisory group have indicated that they would be in favour of the introduction of safe standing and the Trust asked the Club whether they would be willing to look at proposals to incorporate safe standing areas in the old ‘Enclosure’ or the Riverside Stand. The Club confirmed that they would be open to discussions on this, subject to the football authorities granting approval.
 
The meeting closed at 11.57am
 
At noted above we have discussed with David Daly some initial ideas for how the heritage and history of the Club and some of our former players and managers contributions can be reflected in the new Riverside Stand.
While this is at an early stage, David has agreed with our suggestion of holding a meeting with him, club honorary historian Alex White and a small group of Trust members to put forward ideas for consideration ahead of decisions being taken about the fit out of the new stand.
This is a separate exercise to the wider working group on the Riverside Stand that the Club have indicated they would establish with the Trust on relocation during construction, facilities and other aspects of the new stand.
It is envisaged that this meeting will take place on an evening during the close season, dependent upon the availability of David and Alex. If you would like to be involved, please let us know by email to fulhamtrust@gmail.com
 

On behalf of the Fulham Supporters Trust Board

Thursday
May312018

Promotion Secured

The Fulham Supporters’ Trust warmly congratulates everybody associated with Fulham Football Club on winning the playoff final at the weekend, and securing promotion back to the Premier League.

While that sentence might accurately and succinctly sum up Saturday’s outcome, it does nothing to reflect the exhilarating way in which promotion was secured, the record breaking achievements of the season particularly since Christmas, and how much it means to all of those who love Fulham Football Club.

Results are important in football, but winning while playing entertaining and exciting football is what every fan yearns to see. Under Slavisa Jokanovic, we have been privileged to see a team built according to his principles, playing some of the best football in the country, with a team spirit and determination which transmits from the pitch to the stands -all making it a joy to watch them play, home and away. We have seen players develop and improve, forming a cohesive, committed unit that has surpassed all expectations. To go half a season unbeaten in the Championship is a remarkable achievement.

The culmination of the season at Wembley on Saturday was the perfect way to finish the job. For Fulham fans, having waited longer than almost anybody to play at Wembley, it was the spectacle we wanted, and having 38,000 there to support the Whites was going to make it something special. The game was billed as youth v experience, skill v solidity, naive pretenders v the football establishment - yet the way in which Fulham controlled the game and created chances from the start, it was Aston Villa who looked overawed and unnerved by the occasion.

Fulham fans wanted to play their part, too. When the Trust ran a Twitter poll on what colour fans would wear to the final, the #ffcwhitewall was born. With social media, blogs and podcasts also pushing it, it is credit to the club for getting behind the call to action and helping create the magnificent sight of the east side of Wembley resplendent in white in the sunshine, with the volume and passion of the support more than matching the opposition fans, who after a few minutes subsided into sullen murmurings for much of the game.

Over the next few weeks, the Trust will be preparing for next season and we want to encourage more members to get involved. Please keep an eye on our website, follow us on Twitter (@fulhamsupptrust) and encourage friends, family and fellow fans to join the Trust too, to support what we all want to see and will experience for at least the next season - Fulham playing in Fulham at the top level of English football.

Enjoy the close season