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Trust News from match programme (13/03/04)
Trust News from match programme (13/03/04)

Supporting City

TRUST NEWS (match programme v Torquay Utd 13/03/04)

Welcome to todays game at Our Bootham Crescent Home. Whilst results on the pitch have gone against us in recent weeks, please provide support to help Your York City Team achieve the result on the pitch that we all want. . Sing Up. Be Proud. We Are York. Off the pitch, Your Trust also needs your support. We want and need more members and more fundraising. Please be proactive and do whatever you can to help Your Club.

Festival Fundraiser
Thanks go to all those people, at such short notice, who helped make a success of the Festival Match of former City Stars last Sunday. As keeps being reiterated, fundraising is as important as ever, particularly after the Bootham Crescent announcement. Special thanks to Trust Member Graham Bradbury for assembling the host of City stars who paraded their skills for the York faithful. A memorable day for all concerned.

Owned by the Supportersa year on
This time last year, those leading the Trusts Rescue Package were extremely busy dealing with an array of issue to help save Our York City Football Club. Throughout March there was a frantic amount of activity to negotiate and put inn place the various agreements with the various parties somehow involved in the York City mix. The story of how the fans saved York City is told in the Trusts publication York Cityat the heart of the community that was launched late last year. Copies are still available to purchase (3 per copy) from the Trust/Club Shop.

After an enormous amount of hard work, the Trusts Rescue Package completed at precisely 1pm on Friday 28th March and the following day fans celebrated, with the added joy of a home win! To mark the anniversary of that momentous achievement, a year on, the Trust is organising a Celebration Event in the Social Club on the evening of Friday 2nd April. Tickets are now available from the Club Shop or please contact any Trust Board member. Please support another Fun Fundraiser!

Some more dates for your diary

Theres a whole series of events being organised by City fans to help raise funds for the Trust and the Club. Please do what you can to support these and to encourage others to do so. The Club needs more support from local businesses and the local community and given the ground situation, thats even more important now. Some of these include:
Quiz & Bingo in the Social Club on Thursday 25th March (doors open 7:30pm)
Curry & Comedian Night planned in the Social Club on Friday 23rd April. Tickets on sale in the Club Shop.
The Fans Match where City fans have each paid hundreds of pounds to take part will be played at Bootham Crescent on Sunday 9th May. Over 10,000 has been raised so far.
City fan Geoff Hughes is planning a week-long sponsored tour of 92 football club grounds (plus our friends at AFC Wimbledon) ending at Swansea for Citys last match of the season. The added twist is that it will all be done (hopefully!) in his trusty 36 year old Morris Minor. And all instigated and organised by Geoff to help raise funds to support City. Geoff will be looking for some assistance from others to help make this another successful City Fundraiser. More to follow in due course.

If any City fans have ideas for events, please get in touch with the Club or the Trust. You can contact any Trust or Club representative and/or email Kirsten Gillies via Even better, please just get on and organise something.

Time for Fans to Have a Say
As part of the Time for Fans to Have a Say campaign the FSF is promoting the motion below in Parliament. Tabled by Alan Keen MP a couple of weeks ago, so far it has the support of around 50 MPs. You can help by contacting your MP and urging him/her to sign the motion.

"EDM 703 Football Supporters, Alan Keen
That this House notes that football is now a multi-million pound industry but that the supporters that sustain the game are not treated as significant stakeholders, especially at national level; therefore believes the Football Supporters' Federation initiative, Time for Fans to Have a Say, is timely; welcomes examples of good practice at local level where some clubs, especially those that have active supporters' trusts and other fan organisations, are now consulting and involving supporters; calls on all in football to follow this good practice; believes that fans' organisations should be supported by the football industry; and supports the establishment of appropriate consultative arrangements so that fans' views can be sought on issues such as constant fixture changes, new broadcasting contracts, reductions in ticket allocations for away fans, measures to combat racism in football, policing and stewarding at football matches, and potential changes to national and domestic competitions"

In terms of the fans input, at York City were ahead of the game. We, the supporters, now own and run the Club. At the same time, developing further the regular consultation with, and involvement of, more City fans is a key objective for the Trust and the Club in the future.

York City Supporters Trustofficial Trust of the Season 2003.
York City at Bootham Crescentat the heart of the community.
Your Trust and Your York City. Keep the faith!

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