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Trust Newsletter (May 2003)
Trust Newsletter (May 2003)

Early progress being made at the new York City

YORK CITY - your community football club

A summary of whats been going on in the past few weeks since the Supporters Trusts rescue package completed on 28th March.



ON THE PITCH
First Team

- Whilst the results towards the end of the season were disappointing, City ended the season in 10th position, just outside the play-offs
Final League standing:

P W D L F A Pts
46 17 15 14 52 53 66

- The supporters voted Chris Brass as Player of the Season
- The average attendance for the last 4 home games was around 4,300
- Aggregate attendance at Bootham Crescent for the 2002/03 season League and Cups was over 100,000
- Terry Dolan awarded Princes Trust Award for special achievement for helping to steer Citys team whilst enduring the off-the-pitch matters - at North East sports awards on 6 May.
- The fixture list for 2003/04 will be released on Thursday 19 June and the kick off date is Saturday 9 August.


Youth Team (U-19s)
- Citys youth team ended the season in 3rd position in the Merit Division Three North
- Mike McKenzie was selected as the Youth Team player of the season by coaches Paul Stancliffe and Brian Neaves (sponsored by the Supporters Trust).

Youth development
- City operate junior teams at various age levels, with several coaches assisting the development of the young players
- At the end of the 2002/03 season, seven 16 year olds who have progressed through Citys Centre of Excellence have been granted a 3 year youth scholarship to develop their footballing talents (in Citys Youth Team) whilst encouraging the continuation of their education.

York City Ladies
- Have reached the North Riding County Cup Final
- Looking for more players for next season and a manager/coach (please contact Abbi Webster 07786 016113)


THE SQUAD

- Four players left the Club in March/April as a result of necessary cost-cutting measures (Mathie, OKane, Okoli and Basham)
- Of the current squad, eight players have contracts that run until June 2004. The remaining players have contracts that expire this summer.
- In conjunction with the manager, working within its budget, the Club will determine which of these players may be offered a contract for next season
- Induction night for new scholars and their families at the Club


MATCHDAY

- Fans victory march from York Minster to Bootham Crescent on 29th March
- Big improvements to the match programme since 12th April
- Ginners Left Foot fanzine celebrating fans takeover and 1994 Wembley victory
- All matchday sponsorships and hospitality packages sold out for last four home games
- Two Trust members invited to the Directors Box/Boardroom for each home match
- No free tickets in the Main Stand for Citys new Board of Directors
- Visits by former players arranged for each of the least 4 home games including Graeme Crawford, Norman Wilkinson and Tony Canham
- Pre-season matches to be announced.


COMMUNITY

- Under the Supporters of Tomorrow scheme, grant received to cover 1,000 tickets provided to schools and ladies football for the last 4 home games
- Kids for a Quid at 2 of the last 4 home games
Citys players took part in a Fashion Show at Archbishops Holgate School on 16th April
- Race Night at Huntington WMC raised funds for Trust
- (Trust) fundraising ideas to kirsten@ycst.co.uk
- Presentation of awards on 29th March to local feeder clubs to Citys Centre of Excellence New Earswick, Copmanthorpe, Pocklington and Stamford Bridge
- Members of the new Club Board took part in a 2 hour Q&A session organised by the Evening Press on 4th April
- Trust organised open meeting for supporters on 25th April
- Competition for fans to design a club badge to replace the chequered SC version generated over 150 entries and open vote for supporters to choose final design. The design voted the winner was by London based City fan Mike Elgie.
- Discounted travel offer arranged for supporters to Oxford United
- Ikon & Diva offered the Club share of takings from Sunday 18th May and a Presentation Evening is open to all supporters (aged 18 and over). Tickets availble in advance from the Club Shop or contact Peter Salter on 0870 777 1922 ext. 6
- Planning has commenced for a Club Open Day in July
- Plans to beef up Citys anti-racism stance in conjunction with footballs Kick It Out campaign organisers
- Around half-a-dozen local youth finals played on the Bootham Crescent pitch over the past couple of weeks


COMMERCIAL

- City fan (and Chartered Accountant) Terry Doyle appointed as the Clubs new Finance Director joining Steve Beck (Chairman), Jason McGill (Commercial), Mike Brown (Marketing & IT), Ian McAndrew (Stadium Development) and Sophie McGill (Communications)
- Negotiations for new sponsorship deal ongoing
Cost saving measures both identified and implemented
- Financial control and planning matters for summer months and looking ahead to next season
The new company has taken on all the employees from the old company (in Administration)
- Creation of Marketing Taskforce with over 20 fans taking up the offer to get involved and help
- A lot of 2003/04 season ticket holders (who paid their money to the old club at a discounted price last September/October) have already kindly made a voluntary contribution as requested. However, there are still a lot of fans who have yet to do so and are encouraged to make that vital contribution to help the club.
- Season tickets for 2003/04 on sale to other fans
- New Club strip in the pipeline to replace the chequered flag version


NEW STADIUM

- Appointment of independent consultants to commence project work on the development of the Monks Cross Stadium site CAD Associates Ltd (Architects and lead consultant for the project), John Potts Ltd (chartered Town planner) and FaberMaunsell (traffic consultants).
- Supporter input to design aspects through Evening Press Wish List
- Meeting between Club Board and Friends of Bootham Crescent group
- Consultation exercise being commenced with disabled supporters
- Meetings with Council, Cannons, Rugby Club and other parties lined up


OTHER CLUB MATTERS

- Working with Football League representatives ahead of approval for the conditional transfer of the League membership to York City Football Club Limited (from the old company in Administration) on 22nd April
- Ongoing dealings with the administrators of the old company
- Minute silence in respect of the sad death of Keith Walwyn; Chairman Steve Beck attended the funeral
- Attendance at Leagues Chairmens (full day) meeting in Leicester on 24th April discussing aspects such as salary capping for lower division clubs


TRUST MATTERS

- Completion of the Sale & Purchase Agreement on 28th March such that the Club was saved from extinction
- Open meeting for supporters at the Tempest Anderson Hall on 25th April covering all matters relating to the Trusts rescue package and running of the new Club
- Completion of amendments to Clubs Articles of Association and formalities regarding issue of shares
- Drafting of Code of Conduct, to govern the relationship between the Trust and the Club
- Signing up the 2,000th supporter to ever join the Trust
- Co-option of City fan Peter Rookes to the Trusts Board
- Receipt of several letters of thanks for the work of the Trust in saving City from extinction



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