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LCFC – Fans Consultative Committee Meeting – Wednesday 27 May 2015 – Part Two

Digital Strategy Review:

SC gave the committee an update. This is a two-phase strategy and we are endeavouring to change our ticketing and retail systems by the end of the 2015/16 season.  It was noted that the FLi contract expires in July 2017.

SC advised that we are in the process of appointing an advisor to assist with researching our digital strategy.   They will consequently be contacting all committee members over the course of the next few months to ask for your input.  SC also felt that it is important that we look at businesses outside of football, when considering the way forward.

SC advised that by March 2016 the Club is aiming to have a fully operational ticketing function, including website, up and running, in order for us to go on sale with season tickets for the 2016/17 season, with the new system.

It was confirmed that fans should   be able to use the new system on mobiles and tablets going forward.

There is a great deal of work taking place in the background and if any committee members are interested in being part of a testing team later in the year, please e-mail fcc@lcfc.co.uk or please send us any links of website that are good or bad, with your comments.  ACTION POINT FOR ANY INTERESTED COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

Matchday atmosphere:

We discussed matchday atmosphere at the last meeting but we would like to review and ask for committee members’ feedback taking into consideration the last few games.

Robert Maybury felt that the change in the team results was the biggest impact on the atmosphere and everyone felt that the clap banners make a massive difference due to the noise they create.

IF felt that the atmosphere was due to a combination of the team performance, the Union FS mosaic in the Kop, and our supporters overall contribution.

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LCFC – Fans Consultative Committee Meeting Notes – Wednesday 27 May 2015 – Part One

Jamie Tabor opened the meeting.

WELCOME BY SIMON CAPPER, FINANCE DIRECTOR, ON BEHALF OF SUSAN WHELAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER:

SC informed everyone that Susan was called to Thailand at the weekend on King Power duty and due to the short notice felt it was too late to postpone this evening's meeting.  Susan Whelan had sent a personal letter of apology to each committee member.

SC advised that the Club is very pleased to be having this meeting in different circumstances to the last time we met and that everyone at the Club feels that the fans have played a massive part in contributing to the Club retaining Premier League status, including the matchday input from Union FS and indeed all supporters.

SC advised we are now in the process of preparing for next season and all major decisions have been made now we know our league status.  The football side of the business is already working on how we can strengthen the team for next season.

SC emphasised how important it is to receive input from committee members as part of the Club’s decision making process.

AGENDA ITEMS RECEIVED FROM FCC MEMBERS:

Shirt Material:

It was confirmed that the new shirts for 2015/16 season will have a different feel to the shirts sold in season 2014/15 due to the make-up of the fabrics.  They will all have wicking and breathable properties that will help to keep the wearer cooler and dryer for longer.

It was confirmed that the kit that we sell in the Fanstore is a direct replica of the kit worn by the players.

IF confirmed that the King Power 25th Anniversary logo is now on the shirt and going forward this logo will be used in King Power stadium branding.

Ian Clements was disappointed that the home shorts were not white and that he would prefer to not have a one year cycle.  It was pointed out that most clubs have one year kit cycles.  Alan Digby felt this was because the fans do not stand up to the clubs and make demands. JT explained that kit cycles is something that divides supporters and many fans like a new shirt each season.  It was also confirmed that blue shorts are a traditional change for LCFC every few years.

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Still Unbeaten – Just

Bournemouth 1  City 1

Report by Kate Thompson

Until Bournemouth’s away win against West Ham, I would have been confident of winning this match, but it became clear that it would be arguably the stiffest test so far.  Ranieri made one change to the team, bringing in Kante to strengthen the midfield, at the expense of Okazaki who had done nothing wrong.  It was hard to criticise this decision, but it became clear as the first half wore on that it wasn’t working. 

Vardy was his usual industrious self but balls pumped up to him just came straight back as he had no-one to pass to.  Unfortunately, it was a day when those players who have been so effective to date were distinctly off-colour.  Mahrez was clattered by the ‘Leicester reject’ Gradel right at the beginning of the game and – apart from scoring from an offside position – contributed nothing.  He was quite rightly substituted for the second half and Okazaki was restored to the line-up. 

Ranieri said he had got a kick in the back, but it certainly wasn’t from Gradel’s foul, as he went down clutching his thigh!  Clearly, Bournemouth had done their homework and there was no service from either flank, as Albrighton also had a poor game and was replaced by the midweek star Dodoo in the 71st minute. 

The final substitution was in the 90th minute, when Benalouane replaced De Laet, who had had a torrid time.  I can never understand the point of making such late substitutions, but all clubs do it.

The first half was not one to remember.  Until Bournemouth scored, we looked quite effective but the goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the team.  Although it was a spectacular goal, an overhead bicycle kick, in truth it could have gone anywhere – I can’t believe he placed it. 

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Oppos Viewpoint – Bournemouth

View from the opposition – AFC Bournemouth

Name:  Andy Ranger

Current home town: Eastleigh

Birthplace: Salisbury

How long have you supported your team? Since 1976

Overview of your club:

Favourite match played by your team & why: The league 2 play off final v Lincoln

Favourite player of all time who played for your club:  Luther Blissett

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Matt Ritchie because you always think that something could happen

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View from the Leicester Bench – AFC Bournemouth

View from the Leicester Bench – AFC Bournemouth

A bit about you:

Having been let down at the last minute by an AFCB fan who promised to do this write up and having supported Bournemouth as my ‘second team’ all of my life …. I decided that I would do a write up for the match.

Name:  Matt Davis

Current home town: Leicester (born and bred)

Birthplace: Leicester

How long have you supported your team? I’ve supported the Cherries as my second team for as long as I can remember … but my first game was in the early Redknapp era … so I’ve got to say about 32 years.

Overview of AFC Bournemouth:

Favourite thing about Dean Court:  The compact atmosphere at Dean Court (it will always be Dean Court to me!!!), especially in the kop behind the goal.

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