Tuesday
Jul212015

Trust Meeting with Fulham FC CEO, July, 2015  

On 7th July 2015 at 10.30, two of the Trust Board (Dan Crawford and Neil Springate) met with Alistair Mackintosh (AM, Chief Executive Officer), Hugh Jennings (HJ, Academy Director) and, Carmelo Mifsud (CM, Media Relations Manager) from Fulham FC at the Club’s headquarters, Motspur Park.

 

1) Coaching staff at FFC


HJ was pleased with the re-appointment of Steve Wigley as the Under-18s Manager, who had started work the day before, even though he accepted that it would be a challenge for him to return. Scott Miller, fitness coach, had returned to Australia in order to become head coach of the Newcastle Jets, but, otherwise, it was same U-18 coaching staff. Former player, Kevin Betsy, had been appointed as one of the coaches for the Club’s Academy.

The youth teams would not be set targets as such, but squad members would be encouraged to play for opportunities in the senior sides that would occur. Three of the Under-21s had been signed on contract. With regard to ‘pathway’ development, HJ wanted to give all players the maximum possible amount of playing time.


2) Ticket-pricing and season ticket sales

AM said that season ticket sales were going well and in line with budgetary projections, with discounted rates for juniors proving popular, but an interim number of sales was not available. Although figures were not indicated, individual match prices for tickets would be based on two bands, including ‘stretch’ pricing. A query had been raised over the cost of upgrading a junior season ticket to an adult ticket for individual games. It was believed that it was as expensive to upgrade as it was to purchase an adult’s ticket in the first place. CM believed that this was, to some extent, dependent on where the individual season ticket holder was sitting, and suggested that cases be dealt with on an individual basis. CM confirmed that all previously-accrued loyalty points would be cred ited to purchasers of new season tickets once all transactions had been completed.

3) Team strip and shirt sponsors

The new kit would be unveiled on 16.vii.2015. Negotiations with a new sponsor for the Club’s shirts were ongoing at the time of the meeting.

4) Pre-season tour and fixtures

AM stated that, with the confirmation of the match on 8.vii.2015 between the Metropolitan Police and a Fulham XI and the two fixtures in Steiermark (on 22.vii.2015 versus BSC Hertha and 25.vii.2015 versus Eintracht Frankfurt), the Club’s pre-season fixture list was complete. The first team squad was already in Portugal for training.


5) Financial Fair Play (FFP)

AM reiterated that it remained Fulham's intention to abide by the current regulations governing Championship clubs. In response to a follow-up question on the current position with QPR, AM stated that the club was awaiting details of the decision with regards to their FFP breaches, that QPR had launched an appeal against FFP and that discussions on future iterations of FFP would likely take place at the next Football League meeting.


6) Redvelopment of Riverside Stand and issues with other stands.

AM said that a draft works licence had been received from the Marine Management Organisation and that the Club was working on re-wording and ‘fine tuning’ its text. An investors’ meeting was intended for September, 2015.

No progress had been made with regard to improving and standardising the audibility of the PA system in the Johnny Haynes Stand. Re-siting of the plasma screen would incur issues with English Heritage, although these were unspecified. The Trust had received more demands for an improvement in the ladies’ facilities in the same stand and believed that the surfeit of vending outlets – the majority outsourced - should be re-examined with a view to a wholesale renovation of the stand, subject to agreement from English Heritage, with the intent to (i) provide more toilets and (ii) make the operation of the retail of comestibles more efficient and less time-consuming for fans. AM said that the Club had noted the difficulties of creating extra space behind the stands for spectators and facilities at the Hammersmith End. The Trust also suggested that the Club pay special attention to fans' comments on facilities as a whole and throughout the ground when it proceeded with its consultation exercise.

 

 Meeting closed at 11.30

Friday
Jul102015

Evening Standard Story regarding Khan & Spurs

Following the press reports in todays Evening Standard the Trust contacted the CEO and Jim Woodcock (Khan's Spokesperson) for a comment on its validity.

We were happy to recieve responses from both parties confirming the story was complete and utter nonsense.  The club have since released a short and to the point reply via the Fulham website.     

Saturday
Jun132015

Trust Meeting with Fulham FC CEO, June, 2015

On 2.vi.2015 at 10.30, three of the Trust Board (Dan Crawford, Mike Gregg and Neil Springate) met with Alistair Mackintosh (AM, Chief Executive Officer) and Sarah Brookes (SB, Communications and Marketing Director) and, briefly, Mike Rigg (MR, Chief Football Officer) from Fulham FC at the Club’s headquarters, Motspur Park.

1) Video response

The Trust welcomed the tri-partite video interview of AM, MR and Kit Symons by SB on 27.v.2015 and thanked them on behalf of the fans for this chance to hear from all involved, in particular the opportunity given to MR to explain his role at the Club, since it had become evident that this was still misunderstood or misconstrued by some fans. AM said that the interview was unscripted,

 

2) Riverside Stand re-development

AM confirmed his comments in the video interview that a portion of the Thames river had been purchased for the development, although its dimensions were not stated. A licence to work from the river had been concluded with the Port of London Authority (PLA). The Club was working toward discharging some of the planning conditions in order that the redevelopment of the Riverside Stand could commence - hopefully starting next year, although without any specific date given.


3) Review of the previous season’s performance and player development and acquisition

MR followed up comments in the video interview by stating that the manager had inherited a very difficult situation when made caretaker manager following the departure of Magath. However, there were no specific examples given of achievements or failures of players, tactics, management or administration. The aim would be to bring in players that fitted the ‘mould’ of the Club and who possessed the ambition and quality to get club back to into the Premier League. This needed to be achieved without risking the long-term sustainability of the Club by purchasing over-priced players.  The Club was also monitoring the changes, agreed in November 2014, to Financial Fair Play rules by the Championship clubs. There would be a quarterly review of football and a player audit, which would be used to improve the squad. Individual player plans would be prepared and this would have a bearing on those loaned, released or promotion. The announcement of players departing through ending of contract would be made at that point, unless the player was in agreement for a prior statement.

 

4) Crediting of previously-accrued loyalty points to newly-purchased STs

Several queries had been received with regard to the crediting of previously-accrued loyalty points to newly-purchased season tickets, since initial inspection suggested that these had been deleted. SB said that all points would be credited to ST holders’ accounts once all transactions had been completed. The Trust noted that there had been complaint about the greater amount of points being awarded for attending home rather than away matches, given the efforts made by our supporters to travel. SB said that the Club was re-examining the award of points in order to achieve re-balancing.

 

5) Poor quality of public address system in the Johnny Haynes stand

Complaint had been received that this was inaudible in some parts of the stand and yet deafening in others. SB said that this depended on where one was seated and AM said that the Club would investigate. The Trust indicated that this was another in a series of problems with facilities in the JH stand, including the near-invisibility of the large screens for some fans and the continuing and regularly-mentioned poor state of facilities for female fans. AM said that the Club was not planning any alterations to the stand with regard to this last item. The Trust noted that (i) ticket prices were the same for both male and female spectators and (ii) the Club had been able to incorporate additional vending outlets in the stand and believed that improvement of facilities for the ladies was feasible.

 

6) Relegation of under-21 team

The Trust asked why, with the under-21 side facing relegation from the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division 1, senior players were not drafted into the side to bolster its chances of survival and how would this affect the recruitment of new players now that relegation had been confirmed? AM said that MR was in overall charge of the footballing side of the Club and that this remit included the Academy. It had been decided by the coaching staff that senior players would remain with the first team squad and not seconded. AM said that recruitment to the junior sides had not been affected. The application period for the position of coach for the under-18 team was still open at the time of the meeting, but that it was hoped to make an appointment before the beginning of next season.

 

7) Season ticket sales and comparison with same stage last year

AM said that season ticket sales were good, especially for the cheaper children’s rates, suggesting a positive feed-back for the Clubs campaigns, in particular those in south and south-west London. Sales were up by approximately 3% in comparison with the same time last year.

 

8) Match commentaries

Previously, the Trust had received complaint about the lack of reception of match commentaries by ‘Gentleman’ Jim McGullion. SB said that the Club had investigated this thoroughly and that this was not a problem with the signal, but one with individual users’ mobile ‘phones or other electronic device.

 

Meeting closed at 11.50

Tuesday
May262015

FST To Meet With CEO In June

The Trust has arranged to meet the Club’s Chief Executive Officer, Alistair Mackintosh, on Tuesday, 2nd. June, 2015, at Motspur Park.

Items to be followed up from the previous meeting include (i) Riverside Stand redevelopment and licence from MMO, (ii) review of last season’s performance and the releasing of players from contract and (iii) plans for pre-season tour and fixtures.

We welcome suggestions from our members of additional topics for discussion.

The Trust Board may be contacted at: info@fulhamsupporterstrust.com

Friday
May222015

Charity match at Craven Cottage tomorrow

Tickets 

Tickets for the Charity fixture, the Shooting Star Chase Cup, raising funds on behalf of the Shooting Star Chase and the Fulham Foundation, between a Fulham All Star side and the Celebrity All Stars, are now on sale.

Confirmed for the Fulham squad this year are a host of Fulham favourites – captained on the day by Sean Davis – including Barry Hayles, Rufus Brevett, Maik Taylor, John Paintsil, Abdeslam Ouaddou and Andrejs Stolcers. Joining them once again is avid Fulham fan Felix White from indie rock band The Maccabees, while fellow supporter Ben Taylor, AKA Magic Mod, will also be in the squad.

This year will see Fulham All Stars face a new challenge by way of a team of celebrities managed by actor Sean Bean, with the likes of actor Jack Whitehall, former world middleweight boxing champion Darren Barker, Olympic Gold Medallist rower Mark Hunter, music artist Tinchy Stryder, former footballer Jason Euell, and Soccer AM's Franky Fryer and Tubes all included in their squad.

Ticket prices are: £12.00 (adults) and £5.00 (concessions and under-16s), and may be purchased from: www.fulhamfc.com/tickets or by ‘phone on: 0843 208 1234. Tickets may also be purchased in person from the Fulham Ticket Office. Please note that the price of an adult ticket will increase to £15.00 on the day of the match?

http://www.fulhamfc.com/hosted/charity/2015/fulham-all-stars

http://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk

http://www.fulhamfc.com/fulham-fc-foundation

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