Newsletter – October 2015

For various reasons it has been a while since the last CST newsletter, apologies for that. Here is an update on what has been happening, plus some dates for your diary.

Temporary Stadium – Concerns

A key issue for many members is the stadium redevelopment and the move to a temporary stadium while the move takes place. The CST Board are developing a list of issues regarding any temporary move, such as pricing, seat allocation, young people’s and senior citizens sections, season ticket sabbaticals etc which we will forward to the club for discussion. This list is designed to be of use regardless of which venue is finally announced. If you have any concerns you would like us to add to our list and raise with the club, please let us know by next Thursday 29th October.

European Away Ticket Collection

CST board member David Johnstone carried out a survey of Chelsea supporters picking up tickets in Porto, to see what they thought of the new European away ticket collection process. 
Additionally, several members emailed the Trust with their observations about ticket collection. These and the survey results were discussed at the meeting with the Club to review the current ticket collection arrangements.
If any members have comments about their experiences of ticket collection in Kiev, please let us know at enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com, with KIEV as the subject line.

Next Members’ Meeting (SGM)

The next CST Special General Meeting will be in the basement of the Finborough Arms after the Norwich game, at 1800 on 21st November. An agenda will be issued nearer the time, but definitely participating will be Alison Gurden, Melanie Cooke and Amanda Jacks. Alison is a barrister with significant experience of helping football supporters, Melanie is a solicitor specialising in football-related issues and Amanda is a case worker for the Football Supporters Federation. They will be covering topics relating to policing, stewarding, banning orders and similar issues affecting football fans. More details will be sent to members with the meeting agenda, together with a request for questions in advance.

AGM Minutes and Motions

The AGM motion results were emailed to members last month. As a reminder. The new board are finalising plans to address all of these during the season and these plans will be included in the next newsletter. 

CST Christmas Party

The CST Christmas Party will be in the basement of the Finborough Arms after the Bournemouth game on Saturday 5th December. The game kicks off at 1730 and the party will start about 2000. More details nearer the time.

Fans’ Forum

The next meeting is on 18th November. If you have any issues you would like the CST rep Debbie Coady to raise, please email us at enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com, adding Fans’ Forum to the subject line.

CST Membership Survey Results

The results of the members survey carried out this summer will be forwarded to members in the next couple of weeks and discussed at the forthcoming SGM

CST Website

Due to technical and resource problems we have not yet been able to migrate to the new website as hoped, and are having to put news stories on the blog. We plan to ‘go live’ in the near future and apologise for the delay.

Living Wage

On Friday 18th September, with fellow supporters reps from Everton, Tottenham & Liverpool we met with Frank Field MP to discuss Premier League teams paying the Living Wage. It was a very productive meeting and Chelsea FC were lauded for being the first and so far only PL team to pay the Living Wage

In the News

Chelsea

Chelsea FC fans give First World War hero and Chelsea and England football star George Hilsdon the final resting place he deserves.
Chelsea on the verge of agreement for AFC Wimbledon’s Kingsmeadow Stadium.

Elsewhere

Why a 70% Premier League price freeze is nothing to be proud of.
Supporters stage ticket price protests across English football.
Safe standing is popular in Germany and should be welcomed in Britain.