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Trust Newsletter (June 2003)
Trust Newsletter (June 2003)

Variety of Trust News

Trust Newsletter as sent to fans in June 2003.


Message from Trust Member Owen Willis:

On Saturday 19th July 2003 in conjunction with The York Nomads Society, will be holding a 'Fans 6-a-Side Tournament' at Huntington Sports Centre.

The tournament, which starts at 11.00am, will be contested between 16 teams (playing in leagues and then knockout finals) and entries have already been received from as far afield as London, Newcastle and Scarborough as well as a good number of teams from York.

There are however still places available and anyone interested in entering a team (squads to be made up of a maximum of 9 players) should send their team name and contact details to

The cost of entry is 60.00 per team and all proceeds will be split between the York City Supporters' Trust and a charity (TBA).

If you can help in any other ways, such as providing sponsorship, refereeing or in any other capacity please email the above address.

Further details and information about how to make an entry payment can also be found at the tournament website at

It is hoped that the tournament will become an annual event and that we can help to raise valuable additional 'close season' income for OUR football club.

Commenting for the Trust, Kirsten Gillies said:

It's great that a group of supporters are organising this event to help raise funds for the Trust. Not only does it provide vital fundraising, but it is also another opportunity for people to get involved and have fun supporting City.


The success of City fans in saving their Club from extinction was a much covered topic at the Conferences held by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation last week.

City were represented by Club Chairman Steve Beck, Mike Brown (Club Director) and Trust Board member Ian Hey. Mike Brown made a presentation about the York City story and fundraising via the web. Steve Beck was on the panel for a question and answer session about the state of the game and the role of Trusts.

Commenting on the Conference, Mike Brown said:
In general terms the Supporters' Direct AGM was very positive. It seems that finally supporters are getting a true (and ever louder) voice in the game. York City was mentioned in every one of six sessions that I attended.....we are seen as a real 'jewel in the crown' of the supporters movement.

As previously reported in the Evening Press, York City Football Club was awarded the annual Services to Supporters accolade by the Football Supporters Federation, to mark the special efforts of the whole community in securing City's future.
As previously reported in the Evening Press, Malcolm Clarke, co-chairman of the FSF, said:

We decided to give the award to the club as a symbol of the magnificent achievement York City fans, the Evening Press and the whole community played in saving the club and taking it forward as a community club.

Of course, we recognise the major player in saving the club was the Supporters' Trust, but by giving it to the football club we wanted to highlight the whole community effort.

We wanted to recognise what has been achieved at York City and the fact it is now being taken forward as a community club.

Previous winners of the award have included the Wimbledon Independent Supporters' Association and the Newcastle United Save Our Seats campaign.

The FSF honour is the latest award marking the achievements of City fans and the Trust over the last 18 months. In September last year, the City Supporters Trust won national recognition when it was highly commended by Supporters Direct in their Trust of the Season awards.

Commenting on the FSF recognition, City director Sophie McGill said:
Both the football club and the Trust are delighted to receive this award.
So much hard work took place over the past 16 months to secure a future for our club. It is great that the work of the football club, the Trust and the community have been acknowledged in this way. It is a very prestigious award and we feel honoured to have been nominated.

The FSF was formed following a merger of the National Federation of Football Supporters Clubs and the Football Supporters Association.
It is the national representative body for all football supporters in England and Wales and has regular meetings with the games decision makers at the Football Association and Football League. Membership is open to individual fans and all democratically elected football supporters clubs, associations and trusts.


The Club will be holding an Open Day at Bootham Crescent on Sunday 13 July.
Everyone is encouraged to get down to Bootham Crescent to be part of the new York City Football Club. More details will be announced in due course.

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