The clear winner of the Fans’ Player of the Season award was Craig Ross – the winner of many of the monthly competitions this year. Craig has signed a new two year contract with the Cards so we can continue to enjoy his performances.
16 players received votes and in second place was Kyran Lofthouse and just behind in third was Charlie Cooper. A big thank you to all the squad for seeing us through a challenging season.
The trophy was presented by Rupert Philips after the Wealdstone game along with another bottle of champagne, kindly donated by Waitrose, Watchmoor Park. Thanks to them, too.
The Cards Trust board met informally with John Katz, Rosemary Johnson, Alan Dowson, Martin Tyler and Mick Livesey to discuss cooperation between the Trust and the Club. John Katz was also briefed on the status and activities of the Trust, although he was already aware of the important contribution, in finance and in other ways, by Trust members.
No formal decisions were made, but there was discussion of the changes that John Katz is making at the stadium which are intended to make the ground a more attractive place to visit on match days and at other times. He has a lot of experience in the US with catering and entertainment in the US and has a lot of ideas (although he knows that not every idea that works there will work in the UK!). He also explained that he will be moving to the area in August so that he can devote more time to his work at the club.
Among topics discussed were discounts for Trust members at the Club shop, which will be having a sale. The Club is developing a new online shop service that should mean faster service for online purchases. Unfortunately, the business arrangement for the website mean that the Club doesn’t feel able to offer discounts for online purchases. The Club is also looking to update its website inline with its new identity and the new badge.
All aspects of the matchday experience are being reviewed and the Trust has put forward its facilities for polling fans via its website.
The Trust has agreed the use of Club facilities for some social events, when things get unlocked. The Club is also providing some welcome gifts for Young Cards fans.
The welcome boards at the ground will be updated and the Trust is also updating the ‘Time Line’ outside the bar as it stopped nearly 10 years ago.
On the evening following, John Katz also met fans at an informal late-notice event and outlined a lot of his ideas. Alan Dowson also confirmed that he has around half his squad finalised for next season, with a plan to have around 18 players in the squad.
The Club is planning to work on further improving the playing surface for next season. As well as new mowing equipment there is a plan to acquire a new motorised sprayer. The Trust is making a donation of £5,500 to the Club to pay for the sprayer, with most of the money coming from the 400 Club. Thanks to all that have donated and taken part.
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The Junior Cards group is now being run by Adam Bowyer and Gareth Griffiths. One of the first actions was setting up for three members to be ‘virtual mascots’ who were featured in the programme and on the Club match stream.
Rupert Philips thanked John Hooker for his work looking after the group over the last couple of years.
As you may be aware, the developers that the Club were working with over the plans for a new stadium have submitted revised plans for developing the area around the stadium.
These do not have the support of the Club as they do not provide the facilities of the original application and would restrict the Club’s potential for development in the future. In fact, the Club is actively opposing these revised plans and we plan to post a link to the Club’s detailed objections, lodged with the Council, in case you would like to add any personal objections once these become available for viewing.
Here are the detailed objections by the Club to the appeal.