The Fulham Supporters' Trust Annual General Meeting, 2010 

All members are invited to attend The Fulham Supporters' Trust Annual General Meeting for the fiscal year ending 30th. June, 2010.

The meeting will be held at the ‘Duke's Head’ Public House, 8, Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1JN (upstairs room).

Date: Saturday, 27th. November, from 12.00-14.00

This will be a closed meeting for members only.

Following an initial announcement on 6th. November, further information was sent to the membership on 15th. November, with a Treasurer’s Report and copy of the independently-examined accounts for 2009/10, to be forwarded separately.

Please submit any AGM agenda items no later than 12.00 on Wednesday 24th. November, 2010?

If you have not received the AGM documentation, or are uncertain of your membership status or have not received a membership card please contact the Secretary via e-mail?


Election of The Fulham Supporters’ Trust Board, 2010

At the Committee meeting held on 6th. November, 2010, the Procedure and a working timetable for the election of a new Fulham Supporters’ Trust (FST) Board were agreed. At the same meeting, the appointments of Tim Hillyer (Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association), as the Independent Scrutineer (IS), Graham Skipp and Michael Saunders (both FST), to work as the Election Management Group were endorsed.

Members will have received notice, dated 6th. November, with all relevant information regarding timetable, eligibility, nomination and candidacy. Any queries should be directed to the Election Management Group, whose contact details have been supplied.



This week continues a programme of action by the 'Kick It Out' movement, football's inclusion and equality campaign, in the run up to the launch of the 'One Game One Community' weeks of action on Thursday, 14th. October, 2010 (http://www.kickitout.org/158.php). The campaign will also see all 92
professional clubs show their support by hosting a day of action at their respective home games.

Clubs in all four divisions have nominated ambassadors for the week of action, with Nigerian international, Dickson Etuhu, representing Fulham FC. Our ex-players, Dean Leacock, Zesh Rehman and Elliott Omozusi fulfill the same role at Derby County, Bradford City and Leyton Orient.

One of the major events in the south-east on 14th. is being held at Fulham FC and continues the club's welcome support for equality and diversity in football. The evening forum, to be held in the Trophy Room from 18.00-21.00, has a disability theme (http://www.kickitout.org/1205.php).

The Fulham Supporters’ Trust gives whole-hearted support to the aims of ‘Kick It Out’, noting the good nature and generosity of Fulham’s fans in accepting diversity, making Craven Cottage popular with visiting players and fans alike. In turn, this aids the friendly reception afforded to the club and its fans on their travels, in particular during our forays in the Europa League last season. We urge our members and fans of Fulham in general to give support to and participate in the weeks of action


Trust to host FSF Southern Division meeting

As a long-standing affiliate of the Football Supporters' Federation, we're pleased to be able to host the first meeting of its Southern Division for the 2010/11 season. This will take place at 'The Dukes Head' public house, 8 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1JN, on Sunday 12th. September, 2010. The meeting will start at 12.00 and should finish circa 17.00.

In addition to the round up from club delegates and the regularly amusing summary of, often idiosyncratic and sometimes criminal, happenings from the lower reaches of the football pyramid, topics for discussion at the meeting will include:

•The new 25 player Premier League squads - what will be their effect on the game?

•Fans’ Parliament 2010 – how was it for you and what changes, if any, would you like made for Fans’ Parliament 2011?

•The World Cup – where do England go from here? The legacy for South Africa - has the World Cup changed anything?

•Format of future Southern Division meetings - have your say on the set up of your local FSF Division.


Ashwater Press seeks your views

Fulham fans will be familiar with the collections of excellent and evocative photographs taken by Ken Coton and the painstakingly-researched and well-written tomes of Martin Plumb, both published by Ashwater Press. Their collaboration on the preparation of 'The Maestro' has resulted in the definitive biography of Johnny Haynes, the quintessential Fulham player and professional footballer. Ken is a long-standing member of the Trust and Martin has spoken at one of our AGMs. We urge our members and fans of Fulham at large to give support to Ashwater Press's ventures. The following message is from Ken and Martin, who wish your responses to Ashwater's current and projected publications:

We haven’t been in touch for a while as we have been busy contemplating where to go next. On the plus side, following an exchange of mails, we have met with Fulham Retail at Motspur Park and copies of Ashwater Books are once again being stocked and sold by Fulham FC. They have our two latest books The Micky Adams Promotion Season 96/97 and When Fulham went to Wembley. Sadly the club still feels that it is ‘unable’ to stock Johnny Haynes – the Maestro, for reasons remaining unclear to us. The club also felt that it would not be looking for other titles in 2010. The club is under new retail management, so in fairness they need a short time to consider what they would like going forward.
There is a proposed meeting with Fulham Retail in the early autumn to discuss a potential working framework and book titles for 2011. However, we are not totally clear what the club’s expectations are. They appear to require future works to be biased towards ‘recent history’. They have seemingly declined the future of the Tales from the Riverbank series, politely suggesting that, in their opinion, these works would be popular only with the ‘diehards and fanatics’ and they were also decidedly lukewarm even on such recent titles as Keegan’s Kingdom (a 10th anniversary of the 1998–99 season).
So we are not sure what the club mean regarding ‘recent history’ as there are only so many ways that you can dice and slice just the last few seasons. Maybe the future might lie in books spanning 50 years (1960–2010).
With Tales from the Riverbank it would be a great shame not to continue with the popular project as volume 3 (1969–70 and 1970–71, Barry Lloyd’s promotion season) has been complete since 2007 and volume 4 (1971–72 and 1972–73, arrival of Alec Stock) is underway. 40 years of Fulham in Colour is also in progress and the Keegan’s Kingdom book is also half written.
Fulham FC appear to now have a significant customer mailing database coupled with marketing resources and to be honest we need to integrate with that to raise the fans’ awareness of Ashwater and to increase our number of sales to make any enterprise worthwhile. We have found it increasingly difficult to distribute fliers and leaflets at the ground as so many supporters seem to arrive (in a rush) very close to kick-off time. 
Therefore it looks as if there will be no Ashwater titles produced in 2010. However, even without Fulham’s involvement we are still potentially willing to consider printing Tales from the Riverbank, volume 3 and 40 Years of Fulham in Colour this year. Tales from the Riverbank, volume 3 covers a very interesting and turbulent period in our history, and a summary of the book content can be found on the Ashwater website (www.ashwaterpress.co.uk) by the end of the week.
We would however view these as being produced only on a subscription basis. Each customer would get a numbered copy, signed if required, with their name printed inside the book. But we do need a significant number of subscribers to make this approach viable. We would also consider each book being sponsored by one or more personal or commercial sponsors. Each book would naturally contain company information, logos and promotional words, etc. Sponsors would of course receive a number of free copies. Please let us know if this sponsorship approach is of interest.
We have tried to keep book prices as low as possible, however we do have to contend with the continual ever rising printing and postage costs.
The list of our proposed books is as follows. These are our immediate thoughts, and not a definitive or final list.
  • Tales from the Riverbank Volume 3
  • Tales from the Riverbank Volume 4
  • Fulham behind the Scenes
  • 40 years of Fulham in Colour
  • Keegan’s Kingdom – a 10-year tribute to the champions of 1999
  • Mac’s Marvels – a 30-year tribute to Macdonald’s promotion side of 1981
  • Fulham Legends (eg Cohen, Strong, Gale, Morgan, Davies, Mitchell)
The ‘fifty year’ series (1960–2010):
  • 50 Years of Fulham and the FA Cup
  • 50 Years of Fulham and the League Cup
  • 50 Years of Fulham Strikers
  • 50 Years of Fulham Defenders
  • 50 Years of Fulham London Derbies
  • Gordon Davies – Our Ivor
  • Programme Covers – through the years
  • Ashwater Historical Christmas calendars (not a book)
  • Fulham – The Team (update to the book first produced in 1995)
Plus – we want to ask for your ideas too, please!  What other Fulham books would you like to see! (See the attached order form.)
We really do need to know what you, our supporters, want from us. You have supported us magnificently in the past and we are proud of the many books we have produced. We do ask you earnestly to respond to this e-mail, as if we don’t get sufficient subscriber numbers / sponsorship for the suggested two books for 2010 or if we fail to reach any agreement with Fulham for titles for 2011, then it is highly possible that there will be no further Fulham books from Ashwater Press.
We are now once again an established Premiership club with a rich and colourful history. Our stock is probably at its highest ever, with a host of new and younger fans clamouring to find out more about the eventful past of our wonderful club. We would be more than happy to continue producing books, but it must be on a worthwhile basis.
Therefore, please fill in the two-page order form attached to this e-mail and return it to us at Ashwater by end-September at the very latest and let us have your views.