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Trust News from 21 Jan 2006
Trust News from 21 Jan 2006

Supporting City

Trust Board make-up

The Trust Board was holding a regular board meeting today to address a mixture of matters covering the roles and responsibilities it fulfils.  The Board were also considering the position of co-opted members, including that of David Cocker who was not amongst the members elected in December.  Todays meeting was the first since the Trust AGM and announcement of the election results.  The Trust Board welcomes on board Ian Tyssen.  Ian has been one of Citys most active supporters over recent years on the fundraising and community activity fronts.  Ian is a very welcome addition as a Trust Board member, to help pursue that agenda further, as well as contributing to the Trusts wider role of overseeing the running of the York City business.

The Trust Board would also like to thank Graham Kilby for his important contribution as a Trust Board member since the formation of the Trust in 2002.  Graham decided not to stand for re-election to the Trust Board, although he will continue his voluntary work for York City in respect of the long-running Youth Development Fund and general assistance and promotion of the Club to young supporters and players in the city.  Its probably right to say that a majority of those who currently serve as Trust Board Members (the younger end of the members!) were Junior Reds in their younger days.  It is crucial that the Club continues to build support amongst the youngsters in the city, both as active players of the game and as supporters for the future.


The York City Diary

Former City employee James Richardson continues to help encourage and co-ordinate fundraising efforts by all City fans.  For the role to have as much impact as possible, it requires help and communication from other City fans, particularly the various supporter groups.  Aspects of the role include: collating a rolling-diary of events to help avoid clashes, sustain momentum throughout the year, and increase participation/success.  And, helping to keep track of monies raised (past) and hoped to be raised (future).  Updates to the York City Diary are regularly published on websites and circulated to the local media.


Please help James to help York City by contributing information.  And, if you think you can do something to help York City, whether it relates to the Diary or anything else, please get in touch with the Trust/Club.



Trust information desk

The information desk for supporters continues to be staffed each match day before and after the game.  If you have any Trust or Club or general supporter enquiry, please visit us in the Club Shop.  At todays match, from the Trust Board there will be Mike Grant in attendance before the game, and Ian Hey after the game.  In addition, new Trust Board member Ian Tyssen is usually around promoting some of the latest events to help York City.  You can also make enquiries of any other Trust/Club board member on matchdays, or write to us, or email via the Trusts website at .



Trust membership update

As at the 31 December, membership figures stood at 1,276 (of which 511 are Life Members).  Whilst we are still attracting new members around 50 new people have joined for 2005/06 - it is still disappointing that there are not more supporters who want to play a part in owning (and running) their club.  In November, a reminder letter was sent out to all lapsed members and this resulted in 45 renewing.  However, theres still around 150 who have not renewed their membership for 2005/06.  If youve yet to renew or to join for the first time please visit the Information Desk or download a form from



Fees to agents

During the last week or so, there has been a lot of media coverage about the role of agents in football and the several tens of millions that is lost from the English game each season, because clubs (and players) pay it to these fixers.  Last week, the Football League published its latest report (available on its website) on the breakdown of the aggregate 4.4m paid by their 72 member clubs to agents in the six months to December 2005 (Note: The Premier League does not publish any similar figures in respect of its member clubs).  Whilst the majority of fees were committed by Championship clubs, there are still around two-thirds of League 1 and 2 clubs that feel the need to make payments to agents.  In summary, for the six months to December 2005:

  • In League 1 there were 560 player transactions, 64 involving the use of an agent;

  • L1 clubs committed to spend a total of 549,110 on agents fees during this period;

  • 15 clubs committed to pay for the services of a licensed agent;

  • 9 clubs did not pay for the services of a licensed agent (Blackpool, Chesterfield, Colchester United, Gillingham, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town, Port Vale, Scunthorpe United and Walsall).

  • In League 2 there were 548 player transactions, 37 involving the use of an agent;

  • L2 clubs committed to spend a total of 136,990 on agents fees during this period;

  • 13 clubs committed to pay for the services of a licensed agent;

  • 11 clubs did not pay for the services of a licensed agent (Barnet, Boston United, Bury, Cheltenham Town, Chester City, Lincoln City, Notts County, Shrewsbury Town, Stockport County, Wrexham and Wycombe Wanderers)

For the avoidance of doubt, under Trust-control, York City Football Club has not made any payments to agents in respect of player transactions in either 2004 or 2005.



And finally

As ever, if theres anything you think you can do in 2006 to help York City, please contact the Trust or the Club.  This is your Club and it is what you make it.

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