Minutes of Meeting held on 5th October 2006  

Agenda items 1-3 & attendees are at the foot of this piece

4. Matters arising:Lindley Catering had been asked to provide a healthy option for half time snacks and they are considering sandwiches as an additional healthy choice. The South Stand beer pump offering a quicker pouring is in full operation.

The loyalty scheme will start on the 18th November.

 5. Andrew Taylor

Andrew stated that he had two areas to report on, our financial status and ticket prices.On the financial status AT confirmed that we were looking for new streams of investment. The company has had working capital issues since administration and this has obviously been made more apparent as we have now lost our parachute payment. One of AT’s objectives is to raise further investment in the Club and he is meeting and talking to potential investors, whilst ensuring that we are operating in the best of intentions for the Club, its fans and its shareholders. 

On ticket prices we accept that football is an expensive pastime and we are therefore doing selected offers in order to reduce the price and attract more people into the stadium. We are doing all we can to drive the business forward and CT will continue to come up with more offers to attract people to the stadium. He confirmed that over the season our season ticket holders will always get the best deal. ….

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Europe Next for Trusts?

UEFA is backing the launch of a project to study the feasibility of a European Supporters Direct body – which would, among other things, give supporters the opportunity to play a role in improving the financial stability and governance of their clubs

London announcement
The project was announced in London on Friday 13th October during a speech to the UK Supporters Direct annual conference by UEFA's director of communications and public affairs William Gaillard. United Kingdom sports minister Richard Caborn also spoke at the conference.

Possible expansion
The process will study the possibility of taking the supporters direct model used in the UK, where supporters' trusts own a growing number of clubs, with a view to assessing to what extent this model could be expanded across Europe, as well as studying the different alternative models that exist around Europe.

Review recommendations
"One of the main recommendations to the European football authorities of the José Luis Arnaut Independent European Sport Review – initiated by the UK presidency of the European Union in 2005 – was to examine the feasibility of a European Supporters Direct body," said Gaillard. "I am pleased to announce today the start of that process. If the results are conclusive we will soon be dealing with a European Supporters Direct body that would represent fans' views from right across Europe.

People's game
"Football fans are a key stakeholder group in football and it is important that we have a representative partner at European level with whom we can have positive discourse," he continued. "I am therefore very optimistic that the outcome of the study will be successful. Football is the people's game and at UEFA we want to keep it that way."….
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Hume Double – Worth The Money

City 3 Southampton 2 

What a great game. At last some excitement on the pitch, noise from the crowd and passion from everyone.

Ian Hume hit two fantastic goals from outside the box, one with his left foot in the first half to give city the lead and the second with his right to restore the lead in the second. 

Typically as soon as we had scored we tried hard to let Southampton equalise and whilst they squandered two clear chances just before half time, they scored with the most difficult of the three chances (still a gift though) in added time to go in to the break at 1 – 1. 

We had several opportunities to add to the first half tally, with Elvis (he looks lively but is he a striker?) scorning one, Nissa (I am only on first name terms with him because I can't spell his surname, who looks comfortable at left back) missing one and various other skirmishes around their goal. 

Hume's second (I really do want to have his babies when he plays like this) put us back in front from another example of more space than he has had all season….



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Sports Minister announces £1.8m grant to Supporters Direct

Supporters Direct Press Release: 13/10/2006

Sports Minister announces £1.8m grant to Supporters Direct

The Minister for Sport, the Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, today welcomed a new three year funding deal from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) for Supporters Direct (SD) starting from 2007/08.

The new deal, worth just under £1.8 million pounds, is testament to the enormous growth and success of the organisation which boasts over 140 trusts in England, Scotland and Wales and 14 clubs in trust ownership or control.

Sports Minister Richard Caborn said: "It is the loyal supporters on the terraces who will always be the beating heart of sports clubs. I am delighted that this new funding deal will help extend the influence of football Trusts in local communities while increasing and developing their role across all sports.

"This is a tremendous vote of confidence to Supporters Direct and the vital work sport fans have achieved through SD over the past five years."

The increase in funding will enable SD to provide a significantly enhanced level of support to supporters' trusts, to help them build their capacity and help them deliver an improved level of governance and financial control within their clubs….

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Dedication & Blessing of Memorial Garden Extension

We recently published a feature about the Garden of Rememberance at our ground. Due to a growing number of fans wishing to be commerated there, the garden has recently been expanded.

Before the new area comes into use, a brief dedication and blessing will be performed. This will take place prior to the Southampton game this Saturday at around 1.15pm, and be conducted by Club Chaplain Bruce Nadin.

All fans are welcome to join the occasion.

Our original feature which details the location of the garden can be read here