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Trust News from 17 Aug match programme
Trust News from 17 Aug match programme

Supporting City

Trust News (17.08.04)


Welcome to Our Bootham Crescent Home for todays first home match of the 2004/05 season.  Conference Football brings new challenges both on and off the pitch but with much hard work and support from everyone involved with York City, lets hope we can bounce back into the Football League at the first attempt.  This season we should be aiming high and confident of competing well, but without being arrogant.  Welcome to our visitors whove made the journey from Tamworth.


This will be the second season for York City under the control and ownership of the Trust.  As most people appreciate, for the long term future of Your Club, the most important issues to be sorted over the past 18 months have been financial survival and a ground solution - and a huge amount of time has been invested in those areas.  Going forward, particularly with the involvement and support of volunteers, the Club will be developing further in other areas to further build trust between Community and Club.  If youve any ideas and/or can offer some assistance to the Trust/Club, please do get in touch.


Below we catch up on a variety of news.  For more details, please visit and/or contact the Trust at Bootham Crescent.  Please continue to support the work of the Trust, the owner and guardian of Your York City Football Club.

l                    At the Trusts June year end, adult membership was 2,056 (including 423 Life Members).  A membership renewal pack was distributed to all members in June 2004.  There are still a few hundred members yet to renew their 10 annual membership for 2004/05 please do so a.s.a.p.

l                    You will need to be a current member to have the opportunity to vote in (and stand in) the Trust Board election in the last quarter of 2004.  There are expected to be four board positions up for grabs.  Please consider standing for election if you feel you can contribute in some way to the business of the Trust and the Club.  The Trusts main strength is through the work and actions of you the members.  If you would like to discuss matters further with an existing Trust Board member, please contact Richard Snowball (Chairman) or Paul Rawnsley.

l                    Trust Secretary Stan Collins is looking for assistance to oversee the running of the election process through the formation like last year of an Election Working Group.  If anyone is prepared to volunteer some time to assist the EWG between September and November, please get in touch with Stan via Bootham Crescent or email

l                    By the beginning of August the Trust had received over 30 applications (aggregating to over 8,000) for the Trusts Bootham Crescent Loan Note 2004 Issue - intended to help meet the funding shortfall between the 2 million loan from the FSIF and the amount to be immediately paid in respect of the BCH arrangements. Thank you to those people who have contributed so far.  Supporters and friends of York City are still able to make a specific contribution for this purpose.  Forms available from the Trust website and from the Club.

l                    In the first quarter of 2004 the Trust carried out thorough review of York Citys corporate governance framework (referred to as Project Spirit).  It was decided to postpone completion and publication of the unprecedented review until after the Bootham Crescent situation has been resolved.  We will be putting in place a framework of structures and processes that will help ensure that the new York City Football Club, under Trust control, continues to be managed in the best interests of the supporters and the community.

l                    Last month the Club announced a small profit for the 2003/04 season the first club in the country to publish its results for that season.  A remarkable turnaround compared to the appalling financial results of the old York City under previous regimes between 1999 and 2003.  For the new York City, balancing the books is not just an aim, it is a necessity.  Cash has and will remain very tight and additional revenue generation and fundraising all help to ensure the continuing survival of our club.  Copies of the Clubs Accounts available on-line.

l                    In July, the Trust published an extensive newsletter about the continuing work and role of the Trust.  This is available on-line or hard copies on request.

l                    Fundraising remains vitally important for the Trust and the Club.  If you have an idea to raise some money for the benefit of City, please get on and do it.  The Trust can provide support if you wish, so please contact Kirsten Gillies or any other Trust representative.


Your Trust and Your York City.  Keep the Faith!



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