Fan Consultative Committee – What Happened

Minutes of Meeting held on 1st August 2006

In attendance:

Tim Davies, Andrew Taylor, Andrew Neville, Peter Jones (all LCFC)

Linda Barron, Ellen Bale, Raj Kumar,  Andy Gubbins, Steve Robertshaw, Lisa Hunt, Kevin Bunney, Andy Wilford, Chris Gubbins, Alan Digby, Cliff Ginnetta, Kevin Bourgault, Alan Green, Barbara Merrell 

1. Tim Davies welcomed everyone to the meeting and each person gave a brief introduction. 

2. Apologies for absence had been received from Simon Winfield.

3. The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed as a true and correct record. 

4. It was agreed that matters arising would be dealt with during the meeting.  

5. Andrew TaylorAndrew reflected on the 2005-2006 season and his thoughts for the new season. He talked about the manager and players and he hoped that the promise of the squad would be transferred into results on the field. 

He spoke about the club needing to be a sales lead organisation connecting with our supporters and customers. Season tickets showed that we were losing customers from previous seasons. We need to gain access to the lapsed customers. We need to connect with our supporters and felt we had work to do in that area. He answered questions from members of the committee….

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Trust Midlands Regional Conference 2006 Workshops

The second of our articles on the Supporters Direct organised Midlands Regional Conference concentrates on the various topics covered by the series of workshops. 

Workshop 2:

This was entitled Trust AGM & Election and was headed up by Dave Boyle Deputy Chief Executive of Supporters Direct.  It covered practical advice relating to Supporters Direct policy on good practice and planning for the annual vital and important meeting for all supporters trusts.  For further details on this workshop please refer to the separate article on the conference by John Adcock, who has written a brief resume of this workshop. 

Workshop 3:

Entitled from the Terrace to the Boardroom this basically covered what it means to operate a football club and dealt with the evolution from being a supporter to owning and running the Club.  This evolution has taken place, to various degrees, at the following clubs/associated speakers: 

Phil Tooley – Chair Chesterfield Football Supporter Society, Paul Hajduck – Chair Rushden & Diamonds Supporters Trust, Lee Carter – Chairman AFC Telford United, Anthony Goodwin – Chair Telford United Supporters Trust 

The main reason for me personally wishing to attend this workshop is that all these representative have now figuratively speaking turned from ‘poacher’ to ‘gamekeeper’ and so I was most interested to ascertain how the roles differed and how I could relate that to the role played by Tim Davies and Andrew Taylor at our own club.  It helped me see the wider aspects that make up running a football club.  I was pleased to note that the overall message to come out was how the club must ‘talk, talk, talk’ to its key stakeholder i.e. the fans themselves……

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Focus On LCFC Chaplain Continues….

Today is part two of our look at what being the club Chaplain at LCFC involves, Bruce Nadin continues to explain: 

Without naming individuals (or being too specific) can you give us a couple of examples of how you have helped players since taking up the role?

Obviously player names etc must remain confidential and likewise I wouldn’t disclose anything that is specific to a particular player, but generic examples would be: 

·          Player(s) who suffered career threatening injuries and wanted to discuss how they are feeling about the future

·          Player(s), but obviously by nature especially Academy Players, who are home sick and/or face an uncertain future

·          Player(s) who want to know, for example, where the nearest Catholic Church is

·          Players who are struggling with the reaction of the crowd  

Has a player ever stated to you that their confidence was being affected by the crowd getting on the players back & if so what do you advise? 

Firstly let me say that we all tend to forget that players are human beings and have feelings. They are flesh and blood like the rest of us. Whilst I can understand the crowd’s reaction as paying supporters, is ‘heckling’ really going to help a player perform to the best of their ability? I’d be a hypocrite though to say that I haven’t done it. I’m a very passionate, enthusiastic and vocal supporter. I’ve got a ‘big gob’! As a result I have sometimes responded negatively (and I believe unhelpfully) towards a player…… 

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Supporters Direct – Midlands Regional Conference 2006

Today we commence a series of articles reviewing the 2006 Midlands Trust conference held in July. As LCFC have a rest from football, we felt now was the time to give LCFC fans a flavour of proceedings.

Introduction:

Without wishing to bore trust members with precise details and history lessons, for the purposes of this article it is suffice to say that Supporters Direct is the umbrella organisation for supporters trusts (more precise details can be found on the supporter direct website at www.supporters-direct.org).  

On an annual basis all the Midlands Trust meet at an annual conference to share experiences and listen to a variety of speakers from football across the UK to gain further insights into how supporter’s interests can be ingrained into the running of a football club. 

The Conference:

Introduction & opening plenaryThe introductions were made by two representatives of the co-op organisation (Dave Roberts & Bob Ramsey) before promptly moving on to the opening plenary. This was humorously chaired by Brain Lomax, chair of Supporters Direct with talks from the following:…..

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Kisnorbo Stars in Dour Victory

LEICESTER CITY 1- SOUTHEND 0 

City fans came to the match reasonably optimistic after improved performances since the Burnley horror show at The Walkers. O’Grady came in the side from the start with Hume on the bench. Tiatto was selected instead of Porter- a decision not universally acclaimed. 

We kicked off 4 minutes late as the Southend players were late taking the field. If Daryll Hair had been the referee we would have been awarded the match and we could all have gone off to the pub! As it was, City started in a low tempo uninspired fashion against a well drilled Southend side. 

Southend missed a sitter in the 27th minute after a Tiatto mistake and good play by Southend’s little winger who gave Johannson a difficult time all afternoon. O’ Grady had a half hit shot but generally our midfield again lack creativity and we continued to hit long balls down the line from the back, bypassing midfield. Fryatt and O’Grady had to resort to working for scraps of possession instead of receiving balls to feet. 

Towards the end of the half City’s passing improved. During this period of pressure we won a corner. Tiatto whipped in a good dead ball and Kisnorbo stormed in late to send a good header high into the net. The corner proved to be Tiatto’s last (and only?) meaningful contribution to the game and he did not appear for the send half…..

 

  Picture courtesy of Raymonds/lcfc.com

Kisnorbo celebrates netting his goal…..

 


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