Advance Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019-20 and Notification of Board Elections

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Advance Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019-20

  1. By order of the Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) Board, notice is hereby given, that it is the intention of the CST to hold an AGM and an election for the board of the society for the 2019/20 season.
  2. The AGM will take place on Saturday 17th August 2019 starting at 2pm. The venue for the AGM will be the Tambling Suite, level 2 in the West Stand, Stamford Bridge.
  3. The agenda for the meeting, along with motions to be voted upon, will be announced no later than Monday 12th August 2019.
  4. A number of motions will be put forward by the Board. There is also an opportunity for members to propose motions from the floor. A person wishing to propose a floor motion must:
    1. Be a fully paid-up member of the Chelsea Supporters Trust;
    2. Send the motion in writing by email to secretary@chelseasupporterstrust.com by no later than 23:00 BST on Friday 9th August 2019;
    3. Ensure that the motion is seconded by two (2) paid-up members of the CST. The names and email addresses of the proposer and the seconders must be included in the email;
    4. All motions from the floor must be in accordance with the aims and objectives of the CST and must not act to the detriment of the CST.

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Notice of Election

  1. The Board Election will coincide with the CST Annual General Meeting which will occur on the same date.
  2. Voting for the election will commence in the form of an online poll following the close of the AGM and will continue for two weeks thereafter.
  3. The election will be overseen by an independent Electoral Management Group (EMG) consisting of the CST Secretary, a member of the CST and an independent representative. For details on election policy, please contact the Trust Secretary by emailing secretary@chelseasupporterstrust.com.
  4. There will be nine (9) positions to be elected onto the Trust Board. Candidates will be elected without portfolio and the Board, once elected, will decide on the positions to be held by each elected Board Member.
  5. A person wishing to stand for election must:
    1. Be a fully paid-up member of the Chelsea Supporters Trust;
    2. Be nominated by one other fully paid-up member of the CST;
    3. Complete a nomination form correctly and accurately, following the guidance outlined on the form;
    4. Submit a candidate statement which will serve as a manifesto and be circulated to all members of the CST eligible to vote;
    5. Return the nomination form and candidate statement no later than 2300 BST on Friday 9th August 2019. Any nomination forms returned after this time will not be admitted.
  6. Decisions over the validity of nominations shall be a matter for the EMG. Any decision by the EMG not to accept a nomination as valid will be notified to the candidate as soon as practicable, whereupon the candidate may, if appropriate, take steps to rectify the situation.
  7. The decision of the EMG is final. Any complaints made to the EMG concerning the result of the election must be made no later than three working days after the close of the poll. Any complaint after this time shall not be admissible.

Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Chair of the EMG via

email : secretary@chelseasupporterstrust.com

or by post to :

Chair of Electoral Management Group,
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust,
C/O 11 St. Catherine’s Road
Winchester
Hampshire SO23 0PP

No signatures are required if emailing, but name and email address of both candidate and nominator must be stated and it must be sent from same email address as the one registered on the candidate’s CST membership record.

By order of the Committee
Signed

Paul Jeffrey
Secretary
secretary@chelseasupporterstrust.com

Related downloads

CST election nomination form 2019-20
Election-Policy-2019

 

The Europa League Final in Baku

The Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal on May 29th is presenting unprecedented challenges to supporters who wish to be there in the hope of witnessing Chelsea winning another European trophy.

It is clear that, whilst a pleasant place to visit for a group stage match, Baku is a totally unsuitable location for a major European final. The combination of cost, complexity in regard to travel arrangements and time off work has massively reduced the travelling support, including those who loyally and ordinarily go to all home, away and European matches.

None of this is the fault of the people of Baku. The blame lies predominantly with UEFA who, yet again, re-affirm their contempt for match going supporters.

Due to UEFA’s choice of Baku, the supporters who do manage to make the trip face a late finish of the game (potentially after 01.30 if it goes to extra-time and penalties) causing potential problems for travelling supporters returning to hotels or travel hubs. But before supporters get this far, the issues faced in actually getting there are insurmountable for many.

These issues are exacerbated by the inadequacy of airports in terms of handling large numbers of extra flights, the lack of direct flights and high cost of indirect ones and the complexity of journeys from Tbilisi or Kiev by overnight train or minibus for example.

With the difficulties supporters face in getting to Baku, it might not seem unreasonable that UEFA have only allocated 6,000 tickets to both Chelsea and Arsenal out of a capacity of 68,000. However, this is potentially a worrying trend for future seasons. UEFA notoriously provide an inadequate allocation for supporters in finals, instead favouring the ‘UEFA family’ and may use the understandable but likely unsold allocation by both clubs as a barometer for future allocations.

In addition, the political situation between Azerbaijan and Armenia means that Arsenal player and Armenia Captain, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, feels unsafe to visit the country and now misses out on the chance to play in the biggest game of his career. There have also been reported cases of supporters of Armenian extraction who have been refused a visa to enter Azerbaijan. Choosing a location where there are issues with political conflicts and human rights abuses makes a mockery of UEFA’s claims of inclusivity.

On the subject of inclusivity, UEFA and the stadium’s provision of facilities for disabled supporters is inadequate. The sightlines for some of the wheelchair spaces in the stadium are compromised by poor pitch visibility. In Baku itself, there is limited accommodation and infrastructure accessible to disabled supporters. Awarding a final to a City and Stadium which cannot adequately provide for disabled supporters due to poor views and inaccessibility is a damning indictment of UEFA’s #equalgame campaign.  

Rather than arrogantly pushing back on recent criticism, once both English clubs had reached the Quarter Finals, surely a round table discussion between UEFA, Azerbaijan and the two clubs on details, logistics and airline capacity should have taken place. Better still, a fall-back venue could and should have been identified.

We are extremely disappointed that Chelsea FC have been unable or unwilling to help Chelsea supporters overcome the travel, expense and logistics in order for them to support the team in a European final. This, in spite of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust’s suggestions as to how the club could offer material help to supporters wishing to go to Baku.

We suggested providing a subsidy for travelling supporters, having calculated the negligible financial impact on the club given the revenue earned from the competition this season. This is pertinent when considering that Chelsea FC’s travel partner, Thomas Cook, is charging an extortionate £979 for the official package for the day trip to Baku. Furthermore, the late notice of the UK airport to be used for both departure and return means it is hard for travellers to plan.

The price for Thomas Cook’s package is more expensive than most season tickets, and again it is disappointing that the club did not feel they could offer supporters an extension for season ticket renewals, as they have done before when Chelsea supporters faced additional expense due to the club’s participation in a European final. Tottenham Hotspur for example have extended their season ticket renewals to help supporters cash flow.

Chelsea is the only club of the four English European finalists insisting all of their supporters collect their tickets from a designated ticket pick-up location, even though tickets are clearly freely available. To compound things, supporters cannot take advantage of the free travel in Baku until they have their match ticket. Surely Chelsea could have re-thought their policy in lieu of the exceptional circumstances of the trip to Baku?

The lack of a statement from Chelsea FC is also disappointing. Arsenal FC, issued a statement expressing frustration and disappointment on behalf of their supporters; acknowledging the unsuitability of the venue, the challenges faced by supporters travelling to Baku and the need to ensure more care by UEFA in future venue selection. While this may not make any difference to UEFA’s immediate decision making, at the very least it sent out a message to their supporters that they were concerned about the difficulties they face and were on their side.

A similar statement from Chelsea would have engendered some much-needed goodwill from the supporters.

And, given the large numbers of Chelsea supporters who are extremely disappointed in not being able to get to Baku to support the team, we believe that Chelsea FC have missed a great opportunity to benefit from another gesture of goodwill by facilitating a ‘live broadcast’ or ‘beam back’ of the match, at Stamford Bridge or another suitable venue.  

This would have been very well received and while never able to replace the experience of being in Baku, it might have mitigated some of the disappointment.

Joint Statement from Arsenal Supporters Trust and Chelsea Supporters Trust on the Europa League Final in Baku

Having reached the Europa League final on May 29th, loyal supporters of both Arsenal and Chelsea should be looking forward to seeing their teams compete in a European final, always a great occasion.

Sadly, many have already decided that the cost and logistical difficulty of reaching the designated venue, Baku, means that they cannot attend. Baku is one of the most inaccessible cities in Europe from the UK, with few direct flights from any western European destination. Fans who have been to 40+ games this season, loyal supporters by any definition, are unable to attend the climax of their club’s season, a dreadful reward for their season-long commitment.

Flight prices are exorbitant, and many supporters will have to use ingenuity and a combination of flights then taxis and trains from neighbouring countries to reach the city. Hotel prices have also, inevitably, ballooned, not helped by the fact the UEFA and sponsors have pre-booked much of the available accommodation.

For those determined to attend, allocations of under 6,000 tickets for each club seem laughable, given the stadium capacity of some 68,000. The cost and complexity, plus extended time off work, has put many loyal supporters off going but, regardless, the allocation for competing clubs should clearly be far higher.

Baku airport cannot cope with high volumes of air traffic, making it unsuitable to host a final where thousands of supporters would fly in. Rather than use this as a reason to not award the game to Baku, UEFA have stated that the ticket allocations are so small precisely because of these capacity issues!

Rather than subsidising travel as a gesture of thanks for their support, which the clubs could certainly afford, both Arsenal and Chelsea are complicit in fleecing fans with the outrageous £979 day trips both clubs are operating, through ‘official partner’ Thomas Cook.

Enough is enough. As independent supporter organisations at Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC we call for supporter dialogue with UEFA with a view to implementing the following principles for European finals in future seasons:

  • ​A cap on ticket pricing
  • An allocation of tickets to the two competing clubs that reflects the importance of those supporters to the spectacle and atmosphere
  • Consumer protection measures to at least stop the practice of repricing existing deals and cancelling pre-booked hotel rooms
  • Selection of locations for UEFA finals that have the transport and accommodation infrastructure to cope with an influx of overseas supporters
  • Flexibility over the choice of final location at least until the quarter final results are known.

No Charges Against Chelsea Supporter Accused Of Racially Abusing Raheem Sterling

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust notes that the Chelsea supporter who was vilified by the media for allegedly racially abusing Raheem Sterling when Chelsea played Man City last December, will not be prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service due to a lack of evidence of any racial abuse.

We are clearly very disappointed that the speed with which both the club and the media pre-judged the supporter led to his season ticket being withdrawn and in addition, the loss of his job due to the ensuing media frenzy based on unproven allegations.

We will be lobbying the club to ask for the reinstatement of the supporter’s season ticket as well as the three other supporters whose season tickets were withdrawn at that time.

Liverpool and Chelsea remembering Hillsborough

For those attending the game on Sunday, please note that a minute’s silence will be held at the game between Liverpool and Chelsea as the clubs come together to remember the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.

For details, please read the article from the Chelsea website.

https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/04/12/liverpool-and-chelsea-remembering-hillsborough

 

 

Statement on Chelsea Ticket Prices Announcement

Chelsea have announced their ticket prices for next season covering season ticket prices, concessions, general ticket prices and prices for cup competitions.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust welcome Chelsea FC freezing season ticket prices (remaining at 2011/12 prices and meaning that prices have not risen for 12 out of the past 14 seasons) and also maintaining the discounted prices for Cup competitions.

However, we are very disappointed with the price increases for members and general admission in all adult categories for Premier League games. This will see an increase from £47 to £50 for members for a Category B match in the Shed or Matthew Harding Lower (cheapest tickets) and an increase from £56 to £60 for Category AA matches. 

Similarly prices for general admission tickets will increase from  from £52 to £55  for a Category B match in the Shed or Matthew Harding Lower (cheapest tickets) and an increase from £61 to £65 for Category AA matches. This represents an increase of between 5.5% to 7%. 

The price increases for match day tickets for members and general admission appears to be particularly unfair on supporters who are unable to afford the financial commitment that a season ticket entails, especially at a time when personal finances may be constrained due to the wider economic conditions.

Since credit and debit card surcharges were banned in January 2018, we presume that the £2 fee being charged for each transaction is to cover booking or admin fees for all forms of payment. However, we will seek clarification from the Club as to what this fee covers as it does seem unduly excessive.

The Club’s commitment to offer subsidised travel and continued support for the away ticket price cap, as per the Premier League guidelines is also very welcome, especially considering the expense and difficulty with travel costs often as a result of rescheduled kick off times faced by our away support.

However, any price increase must be viewed as disappointing when considering the vast amount of revenue received by Chelsea from the lucrative Broadcast deals negotiated by the Premier League. This is particularly irritating when considering the huge amount of inconvenience placed upon match going supporters due to the constant rescheduling and movement of matches to unpopular time slots.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust is currently conducting it’s annual survey of Chelsea supporters and it includes a section on Ticket Pricing and Kick Off times. If you would like to express your view on any issues regarding ticket prices we urge you to complete the survey here

The results of the survey are presented to the Club.

 

 

Take Part in the 2019 Chelsea Supporters Trust Annual Survey

It’s that time of year again! The Trust’s seventh Annual Survey is now open. Thanks to your participation the Trust will continue to operate on a mandate that truly represents our membership’s views about the issues affecting the Club.

Once the survey has closed, we will produce our findings and then sit down with the Club to discuss the questions raised. Your opinions really do make a difference. 

The Closing Date is Monday 22nd April.

Members have been emailed their own special link to the survey (please check junk mail folders if you have not received it).

You can also access the survey on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CST_Survey19

You can read about responses to previous surveys in the survey section of our website.

Thank you for your participation!

Chelsea Supporters Trust
“Making your voice heard”

Foodbank collection at Wolves game

Chelsea Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that our next collection for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank will be before Sunday’s league game against Wolves.

If you are coming to the game on Saturday, the collection point for donations will once again be at the CFCUK stall which is opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre and next to the old Fulham Town Hall,

It is important to note that you will need to please bring any donations there by 1.15pm, as we need to get them in storage before the match.

Our thanks, as always, go to Chelsea FC who are kindly providing us with a storage facility for the donated items.

We hope you can give generously from the list of items below or if you can spare any amount of money that is also welcome.
Items that they urgently need are :
• Juice (long life)
• Long life sponge puddings
• Long life milk
• Tinned vegetables
• Tinned meat
• Rice pudding
• Coffee
• Toilet roll (and other toiletries
Please note they already have plenty of beans, tea and pasta

Thank you for your generous support.

For further information about Hammersmith and Fulham Food bank, visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Foodbank collection at Huddersfield Game

Chelsea Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that we are having another collection for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank. We hope that yet again, supporters will have a chance show their wonderful generosity!

The next collection for the Food Bank will be before Saturday’s league game against Huddersfield Town.

If you are coming to the game on Saturday, the collection point for donations will once again be at the CFCUK stall which is opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre and next to the old Fulham Town Hall,

It is important to note that you will need to please bring any donations there by 1.55pm, as we need to get them in storage before 2pm.

Our thanks go to Chelsea FC who are kindly providing us with a storage facility for the donated items.

We hope you can give generously from the list of items below or if you can spare any amount of money that is also welcome.
Items that they urgently need are :
• Juice (long life)
• Long life sponge puddings
• Long life milk
• Tinned vegetables
• Tinned meat
• Rice pudding
• Coffee
• Toilet roll (and other toiletries
Please note they already have plenty of beans, tea and pasta

Thank you for your generous support.

For further information about Hammersmith and Fulham Food bank, visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

The aim of the Chelsea Supporters Trust is to bring the voice of Chelsea supporters, in the UK and overseas, to the attention of Chelsea Football Club.

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