Thanks to everyone posting on here. At a meeting in January with the club we were asked for a full list of our events for the next 12 months or so. In conjunction with Forever Bury FC we put together a full itinerary which included details for the 26th May - The Fans Memorial before the game and the Forever Bury Awards Night after the match.
At a Forever Bury Board Meeting on the 5th March, Gill Mansley volunteered once again to put the Awards Night together and shortly afterwards approached the club about holding it in the Social Club after the last home game. There was a full agreement and also offers of help to make it a success. We appreciate the club has an End of Season Dinner where they give out some awards but our evening is for the fans, especially those that can’t afford a night at the Village or the youngsters, who are a vital part of the club’s supporter base. Its not restricted to Forever Bury members, any fan is welcome.
Gill has put lots of hours into it and we have announced it in our latest Newsletter, via Facebook and Twitter. Brian was also going to announce the details again yesterday at the match. It was to have a similar format as previous years. There was to be some of the awards followed by a break while the Goal of the Season video would be shown then a Q&A session with the managerial team followed by the final awards. We were hoping that all the players would stop for a while to chat with fans, sign autographs and have photos taken.
Thursday this week she received a phone call from the club to say that the management team couldn’t be there as they had a Management Meeting directly after the game. She received a further phone call to say that not all the players would be coming and if we supplied the names of who had won awards they would send them over.
We don’t know what the reason was for this but some of our Board spoke to players at the match and they had not been told about it. The whole event is for the fans to show their appreciation to ALL the players and management at the club for their efforts over the season and likewise, the players and management having the opportunity to show their appreciation of the fans.
We felt that it would be pointless to go ahead with just a handful of players and therefore took the decision to cancel. We do apologise for this but feel it was the most expedient thing to do.
We will be trying to find out where and why the communication broke down.
As a Supporters Trust we strive to form a working relationship with the directors of the club, whoever they may be. We have no god given rights and every time there is a change at board level we have to begin again at building the trust between the two parties. Imperative to this is that every director accepts and understands what a Supporters Trust is all about and buys in to the concept that working together can only be beneficial for the club.
For those of you who aren’t members, and maybe for some of those that are, here are the salient points:
Not for Profit
Owned and run by supporters
Affordable to join
Representative and actively inclusive
Run for the benefit of the community
Fully incorporated, limited liability
Accountable, transparent and open
Building bridges between club and community
To improve the relationship between club and fans
To strive to improve the operation of the club
Owning Shares collectively to actively influence the direction of the club
To maintain a position for an elected member onto the club’s Board
To work actively to bring the community and club together
As I’ve said before, we have no god given rights we have to strive continually to meet our aims. Although we have roughly 750 members we only have a handful that are actively involved. Quite simply we need more members and we need more of our members to become proactive. The more members, the louder our voice.
Anyone who would like to join, or indeed would like to question any of the above or simply want to have a go, then please email me and I promise that, as always, I will reply: