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.
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
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.
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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?
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On 5.v.2015 at 10.30, three of the Trust Board (Dan Crawford, Gerry Claydon and Neil Springate) met with Alistair Mackintosh (AM, Chief Executive Officer), Sarah Brookes (SB, Communications and Marketing Director) and Peter Limbert (PL, General Counsel) from Fulham FC at the Club’s headquarters, Motspur Park.
1) Assessment of the 2014/2015 season
How did the club believe they had fared in the season just finished? AM said that he had spoken with Chairman, Shahid Khan (SK), as soon as the season had ended and it was accepted that the Club had learned much since being relegated from the Premier League.
The pre-season expectations among the management had been high, but very disappointing early season form dispelled them and avoiding relegation became vital.
The Trust expressed its concern that, without a thorough re-assessment and acknowledgment of the many failures that had occurred within the Club during the previous season, the next would result in a repetition and possible relegation.
AM said that, financially, the Club was in a good state and that a review with SK of all posts, including that of the manager, would take place and with a view of how to recruit players of sufficient quality to ensure a top six finish in the forthcoming season.
2) Season tickets and pricing
AM thought that sales of season tickets had been good thus far, that the reduced prices for junior tickets had proven popular and that the Club was hoping to reach as many fans as possible. The Club intended to press ahead with a weekend and a midweek price for casual purchases, rather than pricing according to match category. Although Fulham’s fans had travelled in large numbers to some away matches, the Club was reluctant to pursue reciprocal pricing arrangements with other clubs in order to encourage greater numbers of our fans to travel.
3) Riverside Stand re-development
At the time of the meeting, AM said that he was unaware of any objections regard to the granting of the River Works Licence in February, 2015. The 3.v.2015 deadline had passed, but this had fallen on a Bank Holiday weekend, so the possibility existed that an objection (or objections) had arrived at the Port of London Authority (PLA) that weekend, but that it might take some time to be processed. The Club needs to secure a works licence from the Marine Management Organisation, a body responsible for regulating depositing or removal of substances or objects from the seabed or elsewhere in tidal waters under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
Within the overall development of Craven Cottage, the Club intended to include restaurants in the Riverside and Johnny Haynes stands.
SB said that, although the Club was investigating the possibility of wi-fi coverage in the ground, this was an expensive option.
4) Pre-season fixtures
AM said that there would be a pre-season tour, most probably abroad, but, since the previous season had only just finished, few details or fixtures (including matches in the UK) had been confirmed.
5) Fixture changes
The Trust asked that the maximum advance notice be given to the fans in the event of fixtures, particularly those in midweek, being switched to, for example, Fridays (due to the demands on television coverage) in order to permit those who needed to offer assistance or care to elderly or disabled fans who wished to attend the matches to make suitable arrangements.
AM said that, due to the different demands placed on the Club, in terms of staffing, for evening fixtures, it was in its interests to notify both fans and personnel as soon as possible after a fixture change was announced.
Meeting closed at 11.40