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Monday
Jul032017

Poland pre-season guide

Trust member Martin Kitson has kindly put together a special 'In Your Pocket' guide to Poland for Fulham supporters preparing to join the team on this week's pre-season tour. You can read and download all the details on getting around Poznan, the best places to eat, drink and visit here.

Monday
Jul032017

Tom Greatrex elected to Supporters Direct board

The founding chair of the Fulham Supporters' Trust Tom Greatrex was elected on to the Supporters Direct board yesterday.

Speaking immediately after the election results were declared, Tom told the SD AGM: 'It has been some time since I was involved in setting up the Fulham Supporters' Trust but, as you have heard this weekend, we are still at the forefront of the supporters movement. This Supporters Summit has shown that there are still so many issues where football would benefit from hearing the supporters voice - and I am eager to get work with Supporters Direct to achieve this'.

Supporters Direct is the national body representing more than 200 supporters' trusts and supporter-owned clubs across the country. Fulham Supporters' Trust board director Dan Crawford already sits on SD's England and Wales council.

Tom Greatrex chaired the successful 'Back to the Cottage' campaign to ensure Fulham returned to their historic home and founded the Fulham Supporters' Trust in 2003. He was the Labour and Co-Operative Party Member of Parliament for Hamilton and Rutherglen West between 2010 and 2015 and resumed the chair of the Fulham Supporters' Trust last year.

Saturday
Jul012017

Time to renew your Trust membership

I would like to thank every Trust member for your invaluable support of the Fulham Supporters’ Trust. Your membership has helped us establish the strongest structured relationship between a British professional football club and its supporters as well as establishing our Trust at the forefront of the international fans movement.


Since we founded the Trust following the success of the Back to the Cottage campaign in 2003, we have:

·         Secured Fulham’s return and long-term future at Craven Cottage

·         Established monthly meetings between the Trust and Fulham FC CEO Alistair Mackintosh

·         Successfully lobbied for a three-year season ticket price freeze

·         Met with local councils, police and the football authorities on behalf of Fulham fans

·         Led national campaigns to increase the rights and influence of football fans

·         Supported the award-winning work of the Fulham Foundation

·         Held several successful supporters’ events at Craven Cottage

The Trust is only as strong as its members. Your support has helped us get this far and we have big plans for the forthcoming year. Over the summer, we presented at the Supporters Summit on our work at Fulham and will shortly launch our Trust elections for a new Board.

I hope that we can count on your continued support of the Fulham Supporters’ Trust. The best way to demonstrate your ongoing commitment to the aims of the Trust is to renew your membership (which costs £10 for adults and £5 for concessions). You can renew online at www.fulhamsupporterstrust.com today.

We would be delighted to hear from you about what campaigns we should run over the coming season and how best we can represent Fulham fans. Please do get in touch.

Thanks once again for your outstanding support of the Trust.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Greatrex

Chair, Fulham Supporters’ Trust

Friday
Jun302017

Trust to discuss dialogue with Fulham FC at Supporters Summit

The Fulham Supporters' Trust will be presenting on the success of our structured relationship with Fulham Football Club at this weekend's Supporters Direct and Football Supporters' Federation Supporters Summit at St. George's Park.

The Trust have been asked to talk to delegates at St. George's Park about how our groundbreaking dialogue with Fulham FC has built trust between the football club and the fans and offered the Trust more influence over the club's decision making. As Trust members already know, representatives from the Trust board meet with Fulham FC chief executive Alistair Mackintosh each month to discuss issues raised by the supporters and release notes from the meeting to the wider Fulham fanbase. A Department of Culture, Media and Sport report on football described Fulham's relationship with the Trust as one of the best partnerships between a club and its supporters in the country.

The Trust's presentation will feature a video message to the summit from Alistair Mackintosh as well as a summary of the dialogue's successes from Trust Board member Dan Crawford. The structured dialogue has delivered several tangible benefits for Fulham fans including placing a supporter on the Club's board, securing Fulham's future at Craven Cottage, a three-year season-ticket price freeze, an established partnership between the Trust and the award-winning Fulham Foundation and delivering successful supporter events at Craven Cottage.

Monday
Jun262017

Trust June meeting with Fulham Football Club

On Tuesday 20th. June 2017, Dan Crawford from the Fulham Supporters' Trust Board met with Alistair Mackintosh (AM, Chief executive officer), Casper Stylsvig (CS, Chief Revenue Officer), Carmelo Mifsud (CM, Interim Communications and Media Director), Katy Phillips (KP, Head of Ticketing) and David Daly (DD, non-executive director) from Fulham Football Club at Motspur Park.

END OF SEASON DINNER

AM thanked the Trust for inviting himself, Tony Khan and Huw Jennings to the end of season dinner held at Craven Cottage in May. All three Club representatives greatly enjoyed the evening and felt it was an excellent way to celebrate the season. The Trust thanked AM, TK and HJ for their attendance, the Club for its assistance and organisation and indicated that we would like to hold similar events during the course of the forthcoming season.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

Following several questions from Trust members about the Club’s pre-season plans, AM confirmed that Fulham Football Club has finalised the arrangements for a two-match tour of Poland in July. The first team will play Piast Gliwice at the Remes Hotel in Opalenica on Wednesday 5 July (kick off 5pm local time) and FC Zlin on Saturday 8 July at Stadium Groklin (kick off at 5pm local time). The first team will then play two behind-closed-doors friendlies at Motspur Park as well as undertaking another pre-season European tour. The Club will then round off their pre-season preparations with a home friendly at Craven Cottage on Saturday 29 July (kick off 3pm). Further details will be available on the Club’s official website in due course.

NEW KIT

CS confirmed that the Club would be launching the new official home kit in mid-July, which the first team will wear during the home friendly at Craven Cottage. AM agreed to give strong consideration to the Trust’s suggestion of bringing forward the kit launch dates for future seasons.

SEASON TICKETS, TICKETING MATTERS, AWAY SUPPORT AND LOYALTY POINTS

AM reported that the Club was very pleased with the strong season ticket sales over the course of the summer months. KP and AM confirmed that memberships were being advertised with the incentive of discounted home league tickets so supporters who did not want to pay extra on the day of these fixtures should opt for either a season ticket or membership.

The Club had conducted an internal review of their ticketing policies and discussed with Ticketmaster some of the issues that had arisen over the course of the season. KP and AM confirmed that it was the Club’s intention to continue to allocate limited away tickets through loyalty points for the forthcoming season, but recognised the Trust’s concerns about a lack of awareness about how supporters earned loyalty points and how many loyalty points were available for each purchase. It was agreed that the Club would seek to highlight the loyalty points system more prominently on the ticketing section of its website and investigate the possibility of displaying the number of loyalty points available when supporters book individual match tickets.

AM, CS, CM and KP all commented on the noticeable increase in away support that Fulham had attracted during last season. This was something that had also been acknowledged by the players and Slavisa Jokanovic. The Club is exploring options to increase the number of Fulham fans travelling to away matches and the Trust will be assisting in this effort. The Trust also informed the Club that we would be forwarding our concerns on ticket pricing in the Championship, that has penalised severely travelling Fulham fans over the past few seasons, to the EFL as part of a national campaign on this issue.

SUMMER TRANSFER ACTIVITY AND RECRUITMENT

AM reiterated his words, and those of Tony Khan and Huw Jennings at the Trust’s end of season dinner, that the Club are confident of retaining all their key first-team players for the forthcoming season. AM also stated that Ryan Sessegnon remains registered with Fulham as a youth scholar, so he is not in the out of contract situation that the Club experienced with Moussa Dembele last summer. The Club is keen to strengthen the playing squad and is working hard towards that end: AM suggested that one signing might be announced very shortly. AM indicated that all of the players who had been on loan with the Club during the 2016-2017 season would like to remain, but that deals to retain or purchase them would be pursued only at the instigation of Slavisa Jokanovic. He further revealed that the completion of deals at this stage in the transfer window is largely dictated by the pace of the market, which is very quiet at the moment, and a number of targets are waiting to see if there is interest from Premier League clubs before committing to a move. AM also asserted that he felt Fulham were now a much more attractive proposition for potential signings than at the start of last season and the Club would be doing everything possible to support Slavisa Jokanovic’s push for promotion.

FINANCIAL FAIR PLAY

AM confirmed that the Club had not received any further word on the status of Leicester City’s and Queens Park Rangers’ challenges to the Football League’s Financial Fair Play rules, although it was still expecting a decision in the near future. He also confirmed that Fulham were in a much better position themselves under the FFP regulations and would not, therefore, be under any financial pressure to sell any of their players.

OPEN TRAINING SESSION

CS and AM expressed regret that the planned open training session for season ticket holders at Motspur Park was not able to scheduled as planned during the final weeks of last season, due to fixture congestion and the need to prepare the first team for their promotion run-in. The Trust was pleased to hear that several such events would be re-scheduled during the forthcoming campaign.

FIXTURE SCHEDULING

Ahead of the release of the Championship fixture list, the Trust had been contacted by several members and Fulham supporters to raise their frustration at the lack of a Boxing Day home fixture for the fifth season in a row, due to the prioritisation of Chelsea’s home fixtures by the football authorities and the Metropolitan Police. AM, DD and CM expressed sympathy with these complaints and the Trust will be writing to the FA and the EFL to voice these frustrations further.

CRAVEN COTTAGE AND THE RIVERSIDE STAND

AM stated that, while progress was still being made on the final plans for the redevelopment of the Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage, the Club was not yet able to go into specific details about the final nature of the plans. Both AM and DD reinforced the comments made by AM and TK at the Trust’s end of season dinner about how pivotal the stand redevelopment was to the Club’s future and they appreciated the patience of the Fulham fans.

AM also revealed that major pitch improvement works had begun at Craven Cottage almost as soon as the season had ended, which included the installation of a new SIS pitch to compliment the ones that had recently been installed at Motspur Park.

MOTSPUR PARK

AM confirmed the recent announcement that the Club had acquired the BBC Sports Ground opposite their Motspur Park training ground. Initial plans have been drawn up regarding how the Club would use the site, but these were subject to further internal Club discussion prior to them being released publicly. AM reflected that the acquisition of this site further indicated Shahid Khan’s commitment both to the Club and the development of the Academy.

FULHAM FC TV

In response to a question from the Trust, CM stated that the Club was happy with the number of sign-ups they received for Fulham FC TV last season, having introduced the service in response to EFL rules last October. The Club had recruited several new members of their media and communications team to deliver greater content for the service over the coming months and two members of the team are currently in Norway filming a segment with former Fulham favourites Brede Hangeland and Fulham Supporters’ Trust patron Erik Nevland. The Club is developing several potential pre-season features and are hoping to offer live streaming of this season’s league fixtures for international subscribers.

The meeting closed at 12.15