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Trust News from 6 Nov

From the match programme of 6 November

Trust News

Welcome to todays match.  Understandably, there's a lot of anger, frustration and concern amongst City's fanbase regarding the team's current position in the Conference.  There is a lot of time and effort being expended to try and improve that situation.  Please continue to support Your York City and provide support for the Team today. 


Thank you to the volunteers who help City

The last match programme was a great snapshot of the continuing efforts of many City supporters to build a better York City, that when results on-the-pitch are not so good are even more challenging to sustain.  Todays programme will, no doubt, be full of the same.  Some examples from last time were

          Under Trust ownership, the Club has made big strides to improve perceptions of the club in relation to its anti-racism stance and was an active contributor to the national 'Kick Racism Out of Football' campaign.

          The young players and officials of two of YCFC's 'feeder clubs' were at BC for the last match.  The launch of the feeder clubs initiative coincided with the Trusts rescue of the club.

          City's 'Football in the Community' scheme has (again) run a half term football funweek

          The scheme to invite former City players as guests continues and at the last match former player/coach & manager Barry Lyons was the guest.

          The Family Fireworks Display at BC on 3 November.

          The Towton Minstermen Draw on behalf of the Youth Development Fund

          Various Minstermen supporter groups are active in getting more people involved with the club and raising vital funds

          The Club received an overwhelming response from local primary schools to a poster & poetry competition. 

          The programme also included the Trust's quarterly summary of activities that continues to be available via


There is a common theme that runs through almost all the examples listed abovelike the boards of the Trust and Club, all these activities are reliant on volunteers providing their time and efforts because they feel York City is worth it.  To all those City supporters who continue to contribute positively in whatever way, the Trust would like to thank you.  York City is owned by supporters and run by supporters.  With unity, hard work and commitment, we can build a better York City.


Two new Trust Board members and the AGM

Following closure of the nominations deadline, four supporters were identified for the four available Trust Board positions.  Therefore, there is no need for a postal ballot of the Trusts members.  Steve Beck and Richard Snowball will, in effect, be re-elected at the time of the Trusts December AGM.  From the same time, two new members will join the Trust Board David Potter and Mike Grant.


The mutual ownership of the Citys football club provides those people who are prepared to put themselves forward with the real opportunity to help make a difference and be involved in the business of the Trust and the Club.  York City is one of only a small handful of clubs in this country owned and controlled by its supporters.  The Trust and the Club rely on the support and involvement of volunteers and the membership and role of the Trust Board is a vital aspect of that involvement.


Existing Trust Board members Mike Brown and Terry Herbert are not standing for re-election and will relinquish their positions at the time of the AGM.  The four members will join/rejoin the Trust Board for a minimum three year term and their Trust Board position could, in turn, provide the opportunity to be a director of York City Football Club itself.

It is intended that Trust members will receive their AGM information in November.  The Trusts 3rd AGM is planned for the evening of Thursday 2nd December 2004 at the Tempest Anderson Hall, York.  The business of the meeting will include the confirmation of the Trust Board positions, a review of the Trusts work over the past year, a financial summary, the working relationship between the Trust and the Club and helping to deliver a brighter future for professional sport in the area.   Following the AGM, there is planned to be a Fans Forum with representatives of the Club available to answer any questions.


The Trust is the body that owns York City Football Club and oversees the operation of the business.  It is the Trust that appoints the Clubs Board of Directors who each have to be willing and able volunteers to take on the legal responsibilities of being a Company Director.  It is the Directors who are then responsible for the running of the Club on a day-to-day basis.  During this year, the Trust has carried out a review of the corporate governance structures and processes at York City known as Project Spirit and this key area will also be addressed at the AGM.  Amongst the many matters being addressed are the make-up of the Club Board and the appointment of Trust Board representatives as Club Directors; all within a framework that relies on the efforts of volunteers.  Project Spirit will also address matters related to the ownership of Bootham Crescent once the deal has been legally completed.


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