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BST Newsletter #34

BST18/11/2018

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust Newsletter #34 November 2018

Results of the Membership Votes:
The results of the two membership votes which took place following the AGM were as follows.
1) To try and arrange a fans’ forum/meeting with Terry McPhillips: 136 in favour – 20 against.

2) To amend the stated long-term aim for a supporters’ shareholding in Blackpool FC from a ‘majority’ shareholding to a ‘minority’ shareholding: 147 in favour – 9 against.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Clearly both motions were approved by a large majority. There is more about the meeting with the manager in the item below.

One concern was the low ‘turn-out’. Only about 10% of the membership voted. The committee is obviously keen to make the Trust’s democratic processes as inclusive and easy to participate in as possible. We have to assume most Trust members didn’t feel strongly about either motion, so if you wanted to vote but found you couldn’t for whatever reason please advise the Secretary.

Meeting With Terry McPhillips:
The membership voted recently for BST to try to arrange a meeting with the Blackpool manager, Terry McPhillips. The plan was for this to be at a venue in Blackpool (not Bloomfield Road) and for the event to be open to all Blackpool fans. Mr McPhillips indicated he was willing for the meeting to take place but a request would have to be made to the football club for permission to proceed.

Christine Seddon received a phone call from BFC Chairlady Natalie Christopher who said that the situation was complicated and invited Christine to meet with her for discussions. Christine explained that the only mandate given to BST by the members to meet with anyone from the Oyston family was to discuss their departure from the club and without getting permission from the members, it would not be possible to meet for any other reason. She explained that the members had shown no interest in a meeting with Natalie but Terry McPhillips is a different matter. The BFC Chairlady appears unwilling to give permission for the meeting with the manager unless Christine agrees to meet with her first (and even then there is no guarantee). The membership of BST would have to sanction such a meeting and it is hard to see what purpose it would serve.

Proceeds From BST Poppy Badges:
The enamel BST poppy badges sold out in a matter of hours. All proceeds after costs go to the Royal British Legion and BST will be sending a cheque for £200 to the RBL (that’s £2 per poppy badge). Thank you to those who supported this initiative. Apologies to those who wanted a badge but didn’t get one. If we repeat the initiative next year we will probably take advance orders and go for more than 100 if the demand is there.

Support BST Candidates in Upcoming Elections:
As reported previously, Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation have voted to merge into a new organisation. The integration is happening very quickly – before the end of this year – driven by budget considerations. New officers will be elected next week at an AGM and two members of BST are standing as individuals, meaning that anyone who is an individual member of the current FSF organisation can vote for them. They are worthy of your support. Details of how you can vote will be shared on the BST website and Facebook page in the next few days.

Jimmy Armfield Scarves:
We have just a few of the beautiful Jimmy Armfield scarves left. They would make great Christmas
gifts and the profits go to Trinity Hospice. At £10 plus p&p they can be ordered from the Shop page
on the BST website.

Football’s Relationship With Fans/Commmunities:
John Hie is a PhD student at Loughborough University with a focus on football and its relationships with its fans and communities. His current area of study is looking into how acts of corruption within football can impact upon the relationships within a club’s fan base. He wants to interview 50 Blackpool fans to get a broad sample of input. The interview takes about 45 minutes. If you’d like to help, John’s contact email is: j.hie@lboro.ac.uk

Christmas Foodbank Initiative:
Once again we plan to call on the good will of all Blackpool fans to donate provisions to our Christmas foodbank initiative in support of those members of the community who are less fortunate than some. As with last year’s appeal, we will be collecting donations in aid of Home-Start and HIS Provision, charities which reach out o?ering support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children and the more vulnerable members in the local community.

Christmas time is clearly one of marked contrasts between the haves and have-nots and whatever you can donate to help bridge that divide will be deeply appreciated. The charities are appealing for non-perishable food items: tea, coffee, soup, pasta, beans, tinned meat and vegetables; treats: chocolate, selection boxes etc; toys, nice toiletries for parents and teenagers; items for stocking fillers such as socks, gloves, hats, felt tips, crayons, notebooks or makeup; and clothes in good condition.

BST will be manning collection points outside Bloomfield Road West Stand between 2pm and 3pm on Saturday 24th November (for Home-Start) and Saturday 8th December (for HIS Provision).

Feedback:
Thank you for your continued support. If you think that we can improve what we do or have comments or questions for the Trust – please contact secretary@blackpoolsupporterstrust.com or write to Blackpool Supporters Trust, 16 Falmouth Road, Blackpool FY1 6LH.

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