LEWES – 50/50 Draw

The prize of £96 for the Lewes 50/50 draw was claimed by Simon Gardener. His winning ticket number was 14756. Thanks to all who bought tickets. Simon donated £46 back to FaST funds.

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Away Travel Update

THE NEXT AWAY GAME IS KINGSTONIAN IN FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND ON SATURDAY THE 12th SEPTEMBER.

  • Kingstonian – Saturday 12th September – Leaves 13:00pm – FaST members £14; non-members £16; under 16s £8. As always prices will reduce once bookings exceed 20 people.

Bookings for all away matches can be made at davehworkman@gmail.com , on 07786 625773 and the 50/50 table on match days.

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Wheelchair Toilet Installation – FaST Bucket Collections

To continue the ongoing developments of our Stadium and in line with ground regulations, FaST has undertaken to assist with the provision of toilet facilities for wheelchair users.

This will mean the conversion of the current Ladies toilet under the main stand and work has already been started by FaST Board member Phil Martin. Phil has removed the existing toilet facilities and will being completing all the work required. If you would like to see how work is progressing then please ask at the 50/50 table.

This development is being funded totally by FaST, but contributions towards the cost would be most welcome. Please give any donation you can when the bucket collection comes round the ground, or at the 50/50 table. The first bucket collection at the Staines match raised £111 – which a great start. Thanks very much to all fans who contributed.

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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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