The Trust has already booked coaches for the first two away matches of the new season, starting with Wealdstone. Over the closed season, we have integrated an event booking system into the website, so we will shortly be opening that up to allow online booking and payment. That will reduce the amount of cash handling and assure you that a place is reserved. We’ll have more news shortly on this.
John Hooker from the Cards Trust and the organiser of the 400 Club was able to go to the ground this week and see the new sprayer that was funded with contributions from the 400 Club (55%) and Trust funds (45%).
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The third draw for 2021 took place on the 28th June using a random number generator, see below.
£100 Number 319 Alan Barnes
£75 Number 119 Derek Stevenson
£50 Number 372 Andy Turner
Congratulations to the winners.
The next draw for the 400 Club will take place in week commencing 28th June. There’s still time to take part if you are not yet a member. Contact John Hooker to join in.
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 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 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.
Winner of Player of the Month was Craig Ross, although this time both Kyran Lofthouse and Leo Hamblin were tied and close behind him. Well done, Craig!
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.