BROMLEY, HAVANT & BASINGSTOKE – 50/50 Draws

The prize of £88 for the Bromley 50/50 draw was claimed by Dave Ogden. Dave kindly donated £44 of his winnings back to the FaST funds. His winning ticket number was 10951. Thanks to all who bought tickets. Sales of old programmes in the Club Shop added a further £4.10 to FaST funds.

The prize of £116 for the Havant & Waterlooville 50/50 draw was claimed by John Nash. John kindly donated £36 of his winnings back to the FaST funds. His winning ticket number was 10893. Thanks to all who bought tickets. Sales of old programmes in the Club Shop added a further £10 to FaST funds.

The prize of £102 for the Basingstoke 50/50 draw was claimed on the message board by Andy Smart and has now been verified. Andy kindly donated £22 of his winnings back to the FaST funds. His winning ticket number was 10517. Thanks to all who bought tickets.

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Away Travel Update


Last season we were unable to run coaches to as many away matches as usual. For the first time in several seasons bookings dropped noticeably. Please consider using this method of transport to away games. It is good fun travelling with other supporters and it would be a shame if lack of support for coaches results in the service having to be withdrawn.

Travel to the following away game has been arranged.

  • BRACKLEY (FA Cup) – Saturday 27th September – Leaves 12:00 noon – Prices £19 FaST members, £21 non-members, £10 under 16’s. WE HAVE NO HOME GAME BEFORE THIS MATCH SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY. THIS COACH WILL RUN.

Bookings can be made at davehworkman@gmail.com , on 07786 625773 and the 50/50 table on match days. As always around 20 bookings will be needed to make a coach viable and travel prices will be reduced as numbers increase above 20.

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FaST Appeal and AGM notification

Notice of AGM

Please note that the FaST AGM will take place in the Platinum Lounge in the Clubhouse at 1930 on 30 April 2014.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL BORO FANS ARE VERY WELCOME TO JOIN THE TRUST FOR NEXT SEASON BEFORE THE AGM AND EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON HOW THE TRUST SHOULD BE RUN AT THE MEETING. IF IT SHOULD TRANSPIRE THAT THE TRUST IS TO BE DISSOLVED (SEE BELOW) THEN THEIR MEMBERSHIP FEE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY REFUNDED.

The agenda will be:-

1. Welcome.
2. Apologies for absence.
3. Minutes of 2012 Meeting and Matters Arising.
4. 2013 Report
5. 2013 Accounts
6. General Discussion – The Future of FaST.
7. Election of Directors.
8. Re-appointment on Independent Examiner of Accounts.
9. AOB.

If you want FaST to continue operating then please read on!

FaST – An Appeal

Many supporters will be aware that the number of Board Members serving FaST has reduced over the past 12 months to the extent that the situation is now critical and the Trust is running below the permitted level under the terms of its Model Rules.

The next AGM is approaching and will be held on 30 April 2014 in The Platinum Lounge. As always at this time, we ask for members to put their names forward to seek election as a Board Member. Please contact the Secretary Graham Ellicott on 07957624477 or speak to the Membership Secretary Bob Perry on a match day at the 50/50 table. Additionally, if other supporters who are not currently members of FaST are interested in this position we would simply ask them to join at a payment of £10 renewable annually and then seek election in the same way. We would ask that they use the same contacts as above.

FaST must stress to all supporters that if there are insufficient Board Members elected at the forthcoming AGM, then the Trust will have no alternative but to declare this in its return to the Financial Conduct Authority and this will in turn result in the Trust being dissolved and thus all benefits and fan representation will be lost.

FaST has done much good work over the years since it was formed in 2006 and without the huge sum raised amounting to approximately £120,000 many beneficial projects would not have reached fruition. Arguably the club would not have built the new PRE stand due to be opened shortly and otherwise could have been demoted due to failing to meet Conference ground grading requirements. It goes without saying that there is nothing so galling but for a club to lose it’s playing status due to off the field matters.

Many other projects have been supported including the new kitchen for The Farney’s Restaurant; the area converted to standing room in the John O’Hara stand and pitch renovation works in the last close season. Also more recently floodlights renewal. Without FaST support this would have been a major loss of benefit to both the club and the fans.

We, therefore, ask all fans even if they do not agree with all the aspects that FaST have supported over the years, whether they are prepared to let the Supporters Trust die with the loss of a vital form of support to the club with project fund raising and representation of the fans. We appreciate that we have not achieved one of our main objectives which is representation on the Club Board but the Trust continues to pursue this and the dissolution or the Trust would mean that this would not be possible.

The Trust feels strongly that it wishes to gain the support of the fans and exert influence with the club that it previously enjoyed and the only way forward is to engage a strong board with the optimum number of members. Please give your candidacy to serve this important part of the club your most serious consideration as the very existence of The Trust is at stake and there will not be a second chance.

Thank you for reading this message and even if you do not wish to put your name forward we would urge you to at least renew your membership or join FaST. Together we can build a strong future looking to benefit both our beloved club and its fans.

Come on you Yellowssssssaaaaaaa.

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SUTTON and BASINGSTOKE – 50/50 Draws

The prize of £99 for the Sutton 50/50 draw was claimed by John Thompson. His winning ticket number was 8693. Thanks to all who bought tickets. ‘Boro Boy’s Head’ collected a further £2.30.

The prize of £59 for the Basingstoke 50/50 draw was claimed by Derek Mills. His winning ticket number was 8518. Thanks to all who bought tickets.

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Bob Williams – Rest In Peace

We are sure all Boro fans will be sad to hear of the passing of one of their own. Bob Williams passed away during the night of Friday 14th February after fighting two forms of cancer for some time.

Bob was an enthusiastic supporter of Farnborough Football Club and a constant member of the Farnborough Supporters Trust.

He watched the matches with his long-time friend Dave Ogden and loved nothing better than to leave Dave at few minutes before the end of the game to exchange banter with other Boro fans on the way out.

Until quite recently he was still making regular use of the coaches to watch Boro’s away matches.

On behalf of all Boro fans, FaST mourns Bob’s passing. He will be sadly missed by his family and all his friends.

The funeral  will be at Aldershot Crematorium on Monday 3rd March at 11:30am – all Boro fans are welcome to attend. A £50 donation will be made to Cancer Research UK on behalf of Boro fans. This choice of charity was made by Bob’s family.

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Mark McGowan – Thanks

FaST has spoken with Mark McGowan, who in the past has been a Director of the Trust, and he confirms that he has stood down from his official roles at the club including that of Club Chaplain but will still be seen at the ground from time to time as a fan shouting ‘Come on you Yellowsaaaaa’.

FaST would like to place on record its thanks to Mark for all of his efforts in support of the team, the Trust and the other stakeholders in and around the club.

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FaST Statement

In view of the statement posted on the Club web site at about 15:00 on 18th June and following a scheduled Board meeting held on Wednesday evening the 19th June, we felt it was necessary to clarify a few things as follows:-

* FaST was NOT consulted about an apparent invitation for fans to join the current management in a bid to purchase the club.

* The statement has NOT been endorsed by FaST.

* As previously stated, the Board met with Spencer Day and Steve Duly, at their request, on Saturday 15th June. A proposal was put to us similar to the statement, and we were invited to endorse the plan. No timescale was agreed or deadline set. No money was requested, simply our support. After further discussion, the Board decided that in view of continuing negotiations between the Administrator and potential buyers, FaST would at this time, maintain it’s independence on behalf of members and not be seen to favour any one bid over another.

* This decision was conveyed to Steve Duly at approx. 13:00 on Tuesday 18th June and was accepted at face value.

* FaST would not presume to tell any fan, member or not, what they should or shouldn’t do. However, we would advise that nobody should part with any money to any party, without being satisfied that said party was able to deliver their proposed plan.

* Our position has not altered throughout the lengthy process started when Farnborough Football & Social Club Ltd went into Administration. We have liaised with the Administrators and their legal team, Club management and Rushmoor Boro’ Council. We have taken advice from respected sources such as Supporters Direct and spoken with any other party, e.g. Sir Gerald Howarth M.P. whom we felt may have something to contribute.

* We have indicated our willingness as a Trust to work with any new owner/s who may emerge.

* Our aim has always been to represent Members and indeed all fans, in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome for the Club and one which will secure the future and move us forward without relying on the wealth of any one individual.

* We understand concerns in view of previous roller coaster rides which have ended in tears and helped to amass debts which have brought us to the current situation.

* We understand there are now just two bidders in meaningful negotiations. One has lodged a sum of money to indicate their intent and have proven the existence of funds to purchase the Club and move it forward. The other, we feel, has yet to come up with a credible business plan and may simply offer a short term solution with no guarantees or the future.

* We intend to keep working with all parties mentioned above in the hope of achieving the right outcome for the Club, it’s Fans and indeed it’s Creditors. We must also accept that time is not on our side as the Administrator, being an officer of the Court, cannot allow the Club to continue in Administration indefinitely, but we remain hopeful that a solution can still be found which will mean a satisfactory outcome for all concerned.

Tony Duff

Chairman, FaST

20/06/2013

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