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Trust News: Welcome to Billy McEwan & Gold

Working for City

From match programme on 19 Feb 2005


 


Welcome to todays home match against our visitors from Woking.  As the owners and guardians of York City, wed also like to welcome Billy McEwan to our Club this week.  We truly hope that Billy can help deliver some guts and determination from the players and, in turn, some better results that everyone can enjoy. 


 


Football-wise, the last year has been appalling.  This has coincided with and, in various respects, has being closely related to many off-the-pitch matters.  The last year has proved to be particularly tough for all those volunteers, including our Club Directors, who help to keep York City going.  We will all know many fellow supporters who are hugely disenchanted with York City and, in many cases, are not attending quite so often (if at all).  Whilst mutual ownership and a focus on the community provide the foundations for the future of our Club, no-one would deny that some success on-the-pitch would help improve the level of support.  Hopefully, with the effort and support of the Club Board, the staff of York City and the supporters, Billy McEwan can help take us back to the Football League.  Whilst the recent history of York City has had a decisive impact on our lowly league status, the focus must be on the future and improving the team and the Club.  Hopefully performance and results will improve significantly over the next year or so.  Onwards and upwards!


 


 


Raising funds for City


In the last match programme we told you that we were appealing for assistance to increase our fundraising activity and last Tuesday there was held a public meeting encouraging fundraising ideas and action. One area where we can make an immediate impact is by encouraging more use of the Social Club - and not just on match days.  (Although if you do like a pint before or after the game, our own Social Club does offer a fine selection of beers, lagers, cider, wines and spirits and we have a large screen TV with Sky and live games usually each week. Advert over!).  The Social Club is not earning us very much money if it is sat empty 13 days out of 14!


New Supporters' Trust Board member Dave Potter has taken on the responsibility to try to find events which will bring people into the club during the week - helping to raise bar sales and profits for the football club.


Dave has worked closely with the York Minstermen who have been using the Social Club for their own fundraising efforts and has assembled a group of willing and able volunteers who freely give their time to work the bar on non-match days. .  We are very keen to hear from any other volunteers who will help behind the bar (voluntarily!) and if you feel you could give just a day (or more!) a month working behind the bar please contact Dave. Similarly if you have any ideas for fundraising nights in the Social Club we would love to hear from you.  Please e-mail dave@ycst.org , write to the Trust or call into the Social Club where you will find him before and after all home matches!


The Supporters' Trust is bringing live music back to The Crescent for the first time in many years when local band Miracles and Wonders play in the Social Club on Friday 11th March. The band is made up of lifelong City fans and season ticket holders Bob Holland, Pat Briars and Michael Leonard and their set consists of covers of songs from The Darkness, U2 and REM, to name but a few. It is a fantastic gesture by the band who are playing the gig free of charge in a bid to boost bar sales and support for City. Please try to support the evening; the bar opens 7.30 with the band going on stage at 9pm.


Before that, we are also opening the Social Club on Sunday 27th February for the League Cup Final which is only being shown on Sky TV. The bar opens at 2pm in plenty of time for you to enjoy the pre match build up before kick off at 4pm.


As a Trust we are also talking to groups and organizations who meet regularly in the hope that they may choose to use the social club for their monthly and quarterly meetings bringing people York Citys home who might never have been here before. If you know of or belong to any groups who might like to use the social club for meetings or social functions contact us or the general office.


 


Ownership of Bootham Crescent


Last week, at last, the arrangements for the Trust/Club to gain ownership of Bootham Crescent were legally completed.  In some respects, this was the culmination of a battle that had started back in January 2002, when the Trust was first formed.  In other respects, it is just the start of another chapter in the York City story and brings with it new challenges over the next 5-10 years.  In particular, credit is due to Jasons hard work, perseverance and negotiating skills supported by members of the Club and Trust boards.


Throughout the last three years, the Trust has always remained focussed on trying to gain ownership of Bootham Crescent so that, in turn, the Club has time (and the control) to put in place a suitable and superior new stadium.  The strategy and tactics to save York City from extinction and regain ownership of Bootham Crescent has meant that various matters have had to be carefully communicated in the public domain over the past three years.  At times, this has perhaps contributed towards the frustrations of some supporters and a feeling amongst some people that theres not been enough communication about some matters.  For those folk who attended the last Trust AGM, we set out the long list of people/groups who York City has to deal with (and influence).  Clearly, the supporters are the main group, but not the only one.  It is understandable, although in some respects it is also disappointing, that some supporters have not been prepared to trust the integrity and ability of their fellow supporters from the terraces and stands of Bootham Crescent.  Project Gold has occupied a huge amount of time (too much time!) and it is a relief to have now completed the deal and be able to better focus on improving other York City matters.


If there is ever something that you think could be done to help improve York City, then please get in touch with the Club/Trust.  The main barriers to improvement are time, money and willing & able volunteers.  So, if you think you can help York City, please do get in touch.  Your Club needs you and you can make a difference.


 


Thank you to all those people who continue to provide positive support for York City in whatever way.

 
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