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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.

Newsletter – July 2015

Hopefully you are all having an enjoyable summer and not missing football too much. There are only a few weeks to go to the start of the season, so we thought it worth putting out a short members’ newsletter, focussing primarily on the CST Annual General Meeting and board elections.

AGM – Date and Location Confirmed

Now that the kick-off times for the first games of the season have been announced, we can confirm to members that the 2015 CST AGM will take place in the Attenborough Suite in the Copthorne Hotel at Stamford Bridge (the same location as last season) at 14:00 on Sunday 9th August. Teas, coffees and light refreshments will be provided. The meeting will end by no later than 16.30.

Agendas, etc will be sent out by email to voting members two weeks before the meeting. Information for members wishing to submit motions, which need to be in by 24th July, can be found here. We will also circulate in advance of the AGM the 2015 CST Annual Report and Accounts, which will be discussed at the meeting, with members able to question the board on the contents.
Supporters unable to attend the AGM in person will be able to listen and participate in the meeting online and a podcast of the meeting will be available after. This has been successful for previous meetings with significant numbers of members engaging in this way. Details of how this can be done will be sent to members nearer the time.
A reminder that you need to be a fully paid-up member to attend, participate in, vote at, or put forward motions to the AGM. You can become a paid-up CST member here for just £5 per year, which includes a free CST pin badge.
Current members should ensure that their subscription payment is up to date via the same link. If you are unsure, contact the Trust via
membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com

CST Elections – Nomination Reminder

Voting members are reminded that nominations for the forthcoming CST board elections are welcomed from voting members.  Nominations close on July 24th.
The annual board elections are a key part of the annual cycle of the CST, as it is essential that members decide on the composition of the board if they are successfully going to represent their views. Together with the regular members meetings and the annual members’ survey, the elections underpin the whole ethos of the CST.
We are keen to attract new blood to the CST board, to bring new ideas and perspectives to the group and freshen things up. If issues such as the Stamford Bridge development, ticket pricing, ground atmosphere and ticket touring interest or frustrate you, this is your chance to get actively involved in working to represent the views of our members,
Board membership can be both interesting and worthwhile, brings with it certain responsibilities and requires some time commitment (though nothing too onerous). If you are a voting member and want to find out more about what being a board member entails, contact any existing board member or send us an email.

Post AGM Quiz – All things Chelsea

After the AGM, we are holding a Chelsea quiz for members attending the meeting. It will be held in the Finborough Arms starting at 17.00. Dan Levene, Chelsea supporter and football journalist for Get West London and @BluesChronicle on Twitter will be the question master. More details will be sent to members in the next few days but we will be looking for teams of four so why not start getting your team together. We anticipate the quiz will end by c18.30 at the latest.

Stadium Development Consultation

The feedback we have received after the recent consultation process with supporters and local residents has been very positive and generated much interest and excitement and we would certainly endorse that. The CST understands further consultation is likely to take place in the next few months. Given this, we feel a survey of CST members on what they saw, which was originally planned, is probably unnecessary at this time. The topic will, of course, be discussed at the AGM.

Annual Survey – Thank You

Thank you to everyone who completed the 2015 CST Members Survey. The results are currently being collated and analysed, and will be discussed at the AGM.

Supporters’ Summit

CST board members will, with representatives of other Premier League Trusts, be meeting Premier League representatives at this weekend’s Supporters Summit. The summit, organised by Supporters Direct and The Football Supporters’ Federation, gives an opportunity for topics such as ticket pricing and the impact of television on match-going supporters to be debated and tactics for appropriate Trust-wide campaigns agreed. As an example, the extra money generated by the new Premier League TV deals commencing in 2016/17 means there are clearly opportunities for all PL clubs to look at using a proportion of that money to reduce the cost of tickets.
Feedback from that meeting, and the wider Supporters Summit, will be given to members at the AGM.

Subsidised Away Days

The recent announcement by the club of the continuation of away travel subsidies for all games outside London, and the expansion to five of away games with subsidised match tickets, is to be welcomed.
Chelsea’s total subsidy for our travelling supporters last season significantly exceeded the £200k per club allocated for this purpose by the Premier League (and is in excess of what many other clubs offer their travelling supporters) and this announcement shows a continuation of this trend.

In the News

Watch an unofficial 3D render of the proposed new Stamford Bridge [VIDEO]
Chelsea in bid to play at Wembley during renovation period
UEFA improves disability regulations for clubs across Europe
CST Board members Tim Rolls and David Chidgey give their thoughts on the future of Stamford Bridge
Many English fans pay ten times the amount for season tickets than those in Europe
Six stadia designed by new Stamford Bridge architects Herzog and de Meuron
Fan convicted for assaulting steward with inflatable shark

Newsletter – June 2015

A short summer newsletter, mainly focusing on the advance notice for the AGM and CST board elections. The fixtures are due out shortly, and the Community Shield less than seven weeks away, so we hope you are enjoying your abbreviated summer.

Annual General Meeting

Notice of this year’s AGM can be found here along with a the Nomination Form for candiates who wish to stand for election as Board members. The current Board would encourage you to consider putting yourself up for election; new people bring fresh ideas and perspectives which can only be good for the future of the Trust. If you would like more information about what becoming a Board member involves, please contact any of the current Board or email membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com for further information.

Stamford Bridge Redevelopment

The CST board welcomes the recent announcement from Chelsea Football Club with regard to supporter consultation on the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge and the invitation emails being sent individually to all season ticket holders and members.
Such consultation, being held at Stamford Bridge from Tuesday 30th June – Thursday 2nd July from 12.00-20.00, is something we have discussed with the club on a number of occasions and we are encouraged that they are keen to obtain supporter input, as well as that of local residents. We would urge as many CST members who are season ticket holders or members to attend as possible.
Chelsea Quiz

Straight after the AGM we plan to hold a Chelsea quiz for members attending the AGM, compered by official Chelsea historian Rick Glanvill. More details, including how members can participate in the quiz, nearer the time.

Annual Membership Survey

A reminder that all members have been sent an email link to the annual CST survey. We are very keen that as many members as possible give us their opinions in order that we have as comprehensive a view of member opinion as possible when we present the survey results to the club. The results also dictate CST board priorities over the next year. If you haven’t completed yours yet, it only takes about 15 minutes, so please complete and submit it by the deadline of 30th June

Members who have joined since the initial survey was sent out will receive access to it shortly via email.

Apologies for the gremlin in the system that meant that many of you were mailed the survey twice. If you have not yet completed the survey, please use the link in the original email or reminder. A further reminder will be sent out shortly.
Encounter with the Police

Members of the CST board attended a meeting at Scotland Yard recently. There were supporters representatives from most London clubs, and a range of officers from the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police. A range of issues were discussed including ticket touting, the stewarding of post-match tube station queues, designated away pubs, pre-match pub closures, kick-off times (the Met are adamant that they almost never intervene with regard to kick-off times), ‘dry’ trains and supporter involvement in council-led Safety Advisory Groups.

We had a post-meeting catch up with Inspector Jim Brockway, the match day commander at Stamford Bridge who attended a CST SGM earlier this year, and discussed specific issues relating to touting, and possible ways forward.

Virtual General Meeting

We held a Virtual Members Meeting a couple of weeks ago, which had a pleasing amount of interaction from members. 188 members listened live and over 1600 have downloaded the podcast to date, which is very pleasing. The meeting notes, together with a link to the podcast and Chelsea Fancast soundcloud site, can be found here.


Shed Atmosphere Group

The CST board is pleased that the Shed Atmosphere Group seems to be making good progress in regard to their efforts to help improve the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. Those interested in joining the Shed Atmosphere Group or finding out more about what they do can find details via @Shed_Atmosphere (Twitter), http://shedatmosphere.wordpress.com (blog) or email to shed.atmosphere@gmail.com

Supporters’ Summit

CST board members will be attending the two day Supporters Summit, organised by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation, in Manchester next month. The highlight will hopefully be a meeting between Premier League trusts and senior representatives of the Premier League. We will give feedback from this meeting, and the whole summit, at the CST AGM. CST members are welcome to attend the summit – registration details are given here

Best wishes to Jeff Bell

The CST Board is sorry to hear that Jeff Bell, the landlord at The Finborough Arms, has decided to move on from what many supporters consider to be one of the best Chelsea pubs around Stamford Bridge. We would like to thank Jeff for making us feel very welcome during Trust SGM and board meetings over the last year, and wish him all the best for the future. Read more from him here

Culture, Media & Sport Sub-committee

The key position of Chair of the Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport sub-committee is being voted for by MPs this Wednesday (17th). One of the candidates, Damien Collins MP, has made positive interventions on a number of football issues including FIFA reform, and there is a feeling among organisations like the Football Supporters’ Federation that he would be an excellent ally for our national game. On this basis, the CST board would welcome support for Mr Collins in this election.

VoteFootball have come up with a slick means of enabling you to ask your MP to vote for Mr Collins . It is worth pointing out that this is not a party political issue as all of the  candidates for this post are Conservatives,

In the News

Celtic receive approval for 2,600 safe standing section
The 2014/15 best and worst football away days
Frank and astonishing interview with FA Chairman Greg Dyke
New Sports Minister Tracey Crouch says more Premier League cash should go to the grassroots
World War One and Chelsea v Sheffield United in the 1915 FA ‘Khaki’ Cup Final

FA Cup to be renamed The Emirates FA Cup

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool face prosecution over stadium disabled access
The old Lots Road Power Station to be redeveloped into riverside housing

Newsletter – May 2015

Welcome to the final CST Newsletter of the season.
Congratulations to the team, manager and coaching staff for adding the Premier League to the League Cup, to round off what has been a highly successful season for the club. It is not the primary purpose of this newsletter to comment on on-field issues or comments by other managers, but if that was a boring league season then here’s hoping for many more.

Announcing Virtual General Meeting

After the success of the one that was held last year, our final membership engagement session will be a Virtual General Meeting. The date for this is Wednesday, 27th May from 7 pm (BST). Details on how to listen in and participate will be sent out to members nearer the time together with the agenda.

CST Annual Survey

The third CST members’ survey is currently being drafted and will be sent to members in the next few weeks. The results of this survey dictate CST policies and priorities for next season and the three year trends will be of particular interest. The results of the survey will be discussed with club executives and in both the past two years the media have take an active interest in the findings as well. The survey is a key cornerstone of CST activity and we would urge you to have your say when you receive it.

Annual General Meeting

The third CST Annual General Meeting will take place at the start of the new season on the weekend of 8th/9th August, on whichever day Chelsea are not playing. The finalised date, together with agenda, location, the CST annual report, etc will be sent to members over the summer.

Stand and Deliver!

A key part of the CST ethos is the annual board election process. It is a cornerstone of our focus on transparency and democracy, along with the annual survey and regular members meetings and newsletters. Over the summer we will advise members of the key dates in the process.

A number of members have expressed an interest in potentially standing for the CST Board and we would encourage everyone to consider putting themselves up for election. If you would like to know more about what being a CST Board member involves, then please email us at enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com (using Board Member in the subject line), or come and talk to the CST rep on the cfcuk stall prior to the Liverpool or Sunderland games, or contact any current Board member directly.

Fans’ Forum – Make your voice heard

The final Chelsea Fans Forum of the season is before the Sunderland game on 24th May. If you have any issues you would like the CST representative, Julian Beattie. to raise, please let us know at fansforum@chelseasupporterstrust.com.  The deadline for Fans’ Forum agenda items is 13th May, so please send these through as soon as possible

Many of you will share our scepticism as to the effectiveness and representative nature of the Forum, but as it stands it is another means of engaging with the club and we are keen to identify and highlight any issues you wish to raise.

European Away Ticket Collection

The CST board responded to the club announcement regarding the need to collect European away tickets. Many CST members have expressed concerns regarding the appropriateness and workability of the proposal, and we made representations to the club to this effect. The issue will be discussed at the Fans Forum (see above) but, given the concerns raised, it is a shame that there was no supporter consultation before the announcement was made.

Playfair Quatar

The Chelsea Supporters Trust and Playfair Qatar arranged a demonstration by Chelsea supporters regarding the abuses of migrant workers building the 2022 World Cup infrastructure. The well attended event took place before the 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday the 18th April. 

Chelsea Summer Tour – Help from CIA

Chelsea In America have kindly been in touch to let our members know that they can help out any supporters planning on following the team with hotel deals, special events and planned meet-ups before and after the games with Barcelona, PSG, New York Red Bulls. See here to get in touch.

CST Website Re-vamp

Exciting news! The CST website is being redesigned and is due to be relaunched over the summer. Keep your eyes peeled for updates and the launch when it is announced!

Enjoy the Summer 

There will be a couple of CST emails over the summer when timings around the board election process, timing of the AGM etc are firmed up. The CST board would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interaction, involvement and support this season and wish each of you an enjoyable, celebratory summer.

In the News 

The League Champions Victory Parade has been announced for Monday 25th May at 12pm

Former Bradford City chairman linked to at least eight other fires before Valley Parade disaster
Supporters must unite not divide on high ticket prices
The story of Blackpool’s decline from Premier League to double relegation and mass protest
FSF caseworker responds to claims of widespread football disorder on British trains
Cambridge United to breathalyse fans before matches
How Safe Standing technology has made the Bundesliga the envy of Europe

Newsletter – April 2015

Welcome to the latest CST newsletter, updating you on a range of issues and events. Hopefully by the time of the final newsletter of the season in a few weeks time, we will be well on track for our second trophy of the season.

Recent SGM

The latest Special General meeting was held on 21st February at the Finborough Arms. A full house ensured a lively discussion on a range of issues and the SGM Minutes 21 February 2015 can be downloaded here. The meeting was also recorded and the podcast can be downloaded here.

The guests at this meeting were two officers from the Football Intelligence Unit, who held a Q&A session with CST members. The notes of this Q&A session can be found here.

As stated at the last SGM, the final meeting this season is likely to be a Virtual General Meeting to be broadcast live to members, on a date to be confirmed in May. We will give more details as we have them. As always, the Annual General Meeting will be held on the first weekend of next season, and the date will be announced once the 2015/16 fixture list has been produced.

Premier League Demo

Last week saw the latest Premier League meeting, which was the focus of a Share TV Wealth demonstration organised by the Football Supporters Federation. The CST had a presence on the march, and we are grateful to CST member Debbie Coady for these photographs

We are still examining the detail of the Premier League announcement regarding increased funding for grassroots payments and other redistribution initiatives, which was made shortly after the Premier League meeting. Once we have burrowed beneath the headline figures and are clearer what the real implications are, we will put out statement to members.

PL Trusts Meeting

The CST were represented at a recent Premier League Trusts meeting. A range of issues were discussed, including the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)  Expert Working Group, the Ticket Price Campaign and other issues affecting Premier League supporters. We will give further feedback in due course, once meeting notes have been produced.

2015/16 Ticket Price Freeze

The CST board response to the club announcement of the 2015/16 ticket price freeze, and expansion of the young persons age range, can be found here.

Ticket Touting

This problem refuses to go away and was highlighted to the police at the SGM as an increasing problem. We are looking to work with QPR, who have a similar problem (as supporters will doubtless see at Loftus Road in a couple of weeks) and put pressure on Hammersmith and Fulham Council to take appropriate action. Look out for information in the next few weeksto find out how you can get involved.

PSG Incidents

A number of CST members fed back their experiences in Paris to the Club and these are being collated and forwarded on to UEFA.

The Board continues to have a dialogue with the appropriate Club executives on this and a range of other issues that matter to our members.
Further Reading

In the News

The outcome of the General Election can re-shape the domestic game: The Football Action Network’s manifesto for change
Premier League pledges £1bn redistribution as supporter campaigning starts to pay off
Danger of the Twitter Lynch Mob: Advice to Chelsea supporters following the Paris Metro incident by barrister, Alison Gurden
West Brom manager, Tony Pulis, wants Safe Standing in the Premier League

Chelsea-related

Chelsea Life President Lord Attenborough remembered
Club providing subsidised train and coach travel to Leicester away
Kick off dates or times for the followng home fixtures may be changed due to TV scheduling:
Crystal Palace
Liverpool

For all the latest news and views that catch the CST’s eye, follow the Trust on Twitter at www.twitter.com/chelseastrust and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chelseasupporterstrust

Travel News

Get advance ticket alerts from thetrainline,com  Before you book, please remember that fixtures are subject to change due to television demands:

http://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert/football/premier-league
The Two Together Railcard gives a third off rail fares: http://www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk/leaflet/

Travel to the Bridge by train? Weekend travel news from Tfl:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/livetravelnews/realtime/track.aspx?offset=weekend
Follow TfL travel status on Twitter:

CHELSEA SUPPORTERS TRUST MINUTES Special General Meeting 21 February 2015

The SGM was held after the Burnley home game on Saturday 21st February 2015

The Chelsea Supporters Trust SGM was held downstairs at the Finborough Arms pub, after the Burnley home game on Saturday 21st February 2015 at 17:30.

The SGM was open to voting members only, with some 60 attendees either finding a seat or standing at the edges of the room. The meeting was well attended.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust was delighted to have PC Paul Wright, of the Football Intelligence Unit, attending the SGM. PC Wright held a Q&A session during the meeting on the law, policing and stewarding and other related issues for football supporters.

PC Paul Wright of the Football Intelligence Unit was a familiar face to many of you as he covers Chelsea games both home and away. After the formal agenda was completed, PC Wright was happy to take questions on any relevant topic related to his work. It was all very informative and the problems the police have with touting issues was explained very well.
SGM Minutes 21 February 2015
The link to the Podcast is here.
And it’s posted on the Chelsea Fancast website here.

CST Board Members Tim Rolls (TR); Cliff Auger (CA); David Chidgey (DC); David Johnstone (DJ); Neil Beard (NB); Stuart Kinner (SK); Iain Rodger (IR); Julian Beattie (JB); Celia Mindelsohn (CM) Apologies: Theresa Magee; Paul Jeffrey

Opening

The meeting opened at 17:35. TR welcomed members to the meeting and advised that the meeting was quorate. TR urged CST members to report any incidents witnessed concerning the French police in Paris to customer.services@chelseafc.com

CST have issued a statement with regard to the incident on the Metro which can be found at http://www.chelseasupporterstrust.com/paris_metro.html

Ticketing

CST have formally written to the Club requesting a freeze in ticket prices; this was before the announcement of the new TV deal. Following this, the Trust was invited to meet with a a senior club executive to discuss. CST will campaign for reducing ticket prices, particularly for young people, for when the new deal kicks in. There was no commitment from the club re ticket price freeze or future policy on pricing but he is keen to keep the dialogue open.

Stamford Bridge

Details of discussions with CPO Board and CPO AGM can be found in February’s newsletter at http://www.chelseasupporterstrust.com/docs/newsletter_feb15.pdf . There is no news on the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.

Football in the Community

CST has made a submission to the Dept of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) Expert Working Group on Football Supporter Ownership and Engagement. The submission states that supporter ownership of clubs like Chelsea is unrealistic but that supporter representation on a club board is achievable and desirable.

Safe Standing

The Welsh Assembly is taking safe standing seriously and it is also under discussion in Scotland. The momentum is with it; there are fewer politicians against safe standing, but realisation is still probably long term.

Atmosphere

Members of CST Board have had several meetings with senior members of the Club board. Topics discussed include seating, safe standing and siting of away supporters. NB stated that the Club is listening to supporter concerns about atmosphere.

Stewarding

A member noted that, since the QPR game, stewarding has been relaxed. In the MHL, supporters have not been asked to sit down and there have been no letters sent re persistent standing, but there have been warning letters about standing on seats and hoardings.

Siting of away supporters

A member stated that away supporters should not be sitting in the Shed. Club has asked CST to solicit supporter opinion as to where away supporters should be seated in the next annual survey. Preferred area of East Upper is not possible because of Health and Safety concerns. A return to East Lower may be possible if dugouts are moved to West Stand (the manager does not like being surrounded by away supporters) but any changes may have to wait until stadium is redeveloped. A member stated that some clubs provide good seating areas for away supporters. Noted that Club is constrained by configuration of current ground; any redevelopment should incorporate safe standing and siting of away supporters in new design. A member asked about maintaining atmosphere by keeping people together if there is a temporary move to accommodate redevelopment of Stamford Bridge. NB confirmed that CST have already spoken to the Club about this and they understand the need to keep people together if we move.

Meetings with the Club

Four CST Board members met with Club executives in December to present the results of the annual survey. This was well received by the Club and they are keen to keep ongoing discussions with CST and to be kept informed of future survey results. The third annual survey is due to be sent out to members in May this year. For continuity, many of the questions will remain the same, but CM invited members to suggest any questions on issues of concern to supporters.

[TR welcomed Amanda Jacks, case worker for Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF)]

Stakeholder Engagement

CST have been in talks with Fulham and QPR Trusts since we share the same local council and police area. All these Trusts have agreed to have a joint approach to get the club supporters represented on the Hammersmith and Fulham Safety Advisory Group (SAG). Minutes of the SAG show that there have been discussions about football in the borough with contributions from the Police, St John’s Ambulance etc. but currently there is no 3 supporter representation. It was noted that Crystal Palace Trust participate in their local SAG. Noted that there is currently a big problem with touts at QPR for bigger games since the away allocation has been cut. The Premier League (PL) have met with Trusts that participated in the demonstration outside PL headquarters last year to discuss ticket pricing. CST will ensure that we are represented at the next meeting. FSF are organising another demonstration to coincide with next PL meeting.

Touting

Over the last few months, the majority of feedback received by CST has been about street touting and members ask why the police do not appear to be enforcing the law. It was noted that changing the ticketing system to eliminate paper tickets by putting cup games, etc. on season ticket and membership cards would greatly reduce the opportunity for touting. TR stated that it is not helpful when the Minister for Culture Media and Sport calls touts ‘classic entrepreneurs’. CST is disappointed that the recent Bill to outlaw touting was recently thrown out of Parliament. Noted by a member that touting contributes to lack of atmosphere at SB as the majority of people purchasing tickets this way are tourists who may have little interest in Chelsea. CST will be organising a ‘write-in’ to the local councils affected (H&F, RBKC); all were urged to participate and it was noted this would be particularly powerful if members who are residents of these boroughs wrote in.

Questions from the Floor

A member asked whether the Secretary for Culture Media and Sport had received any donations from secondary ticketing organisations. Ben Price announced the formation of ‘Chelsea Fans Against Racism’. There is currently a Facebook page and they are planning organise a poster and tee-shirt campaign. The aim of the group is to show the rest of the world that Chelsea do not accept racism in any football ground – ‘As fans we do not accept it any more’. Amanda Jacks stated that FSF has small pot of funds for diversity projects and suggested that the group contact them. A member stated that he always informed police stewards when he heard racist remarks at games but has been met with the attitude that they would like to sweep it under the carpet, with responses such as ‘your word against theirs’. AJ advised that if this occurs, their shoulder number should be taken and reported to the area police. Kick it Out also have an app where the seat number can be reported and they will deal with the incident.

The minutes of the Q&A with the police officers will be circulated to members once they have been approved.

Newsletter – February 2015

Here is the February 2015 Chelsea Supporters Trust newsletter. There is plenty going on at the moment and this newsletter is designed to keep our members up to date with CST activities

Special General Meeting — Reminder

A reminder that the next CST Special General meeting is after the Burnley game, in the basement of the Finborough Arms. Further information, including the agenda, is detailed here

The special guest is PC Paul Wright of the Football Intelligence Unit who will discuss match day policing at Stamford Bridge, touting, away and overseas policing etc.

In addition to those physically present at meetings, we are getting an increasing number of members listening live or downloading a recording. Over 2,000 people downloaded the last SGM on Soundcloud, and a lot more listened using I Tunes.

Ticket Pricing

One issue bound to be raised at the SGM is the new £5.1bn TV deal, the opportunities it presents PL clubs around ticket pricing from 2016/17 and what the CST can do in terms or campaigning. Every supporter will have a view on this, so come along to the meeting and express yours.

The CST wrote to the club requesting a ticket price freeze for the 2015/16 season. The letter can be seen here. We discussed the contents of the letter with the club, and they said they understand our position and informed that the prices for next season will be announced in due course. It is worth pointing out that this letter was sent, and discussed with the club, before the new TV deal was announced.

League Cup Final — Meeting with Met Police

Two CST board members are attending a meeting with the Metropolitan Police and other interested parties to discuss policing at the forthcoming League Cup final. The meeting takes place in the week before the game. If there are specific issues you would like raised, please let us know at the SGM.

Atmosphere

The feedback received after recent pre-match light displays at Stamford Bridge has been very positive, and it is clear that these displays have had a positive impact on atmosphere in the ground. CST board members continue to meet with, and work with, club executives on this issue.

Street Ticket Touting

Street ticket touting is clearly becoming an increasing problem on match days and it is evident from feedback that this is a very hot issue with our members. We are talking to a number of other supporters trusts (including QPR and Fulham, who are in the same borough as Chelsea) as to the best way to campaign on this issue (both on a Chelsea specific basis, and more widely), and to get the police and council to take more effective action. The current Culture Secretary’s stated position that touts are ‘classic entrepreneurs’ indicates that legislation may be some way off but we are exploring what realistic options exist. This is another issue that will be explored at the SGM.

Paris Trip

We wish safe and enjoyable trip to Paris for all Chelsea supporters travelling out. The CST have spoken to the club about the problems experienced by disabled supporters last April and the steps that have been taken to avoid a recurrence.You can read our statement on the matter here

CPO AGM

At the recent CPO AGM, we submitted advance questions about the future of the stadium and related issues. These were answered verbally by CPO board members, who also gave us this written response: –
“We have met with architects appointed by the Club for the very limited purpose of being shown a scheme for possible developments to the streetscape in the immediate vicinity of Stamford Bridge. Rick Glanvill was also consulted to identify club “heritage” colours that might be used in that scheme. We have not been privy to any stadium redevelopment plans. Nor have we been given any indication of milestones. We have, as you might expect, asked the Club to be as forthcoming and transparent as they can be as to their proposals. We have not been involved in or briefed about any discussions which the Club may have had with the local authority. If, in due course, a planning application is made we must, as owners of the ground, be made aware of any specific proposals.
We have had no discussions with the Club about the future of CPO in the event of a Stadium redevelopment. To date the Club have been very supportive of CPO. The Directors remain committed to the company’s objects. A stadium re-development would not affect the fundamental purpose of CPO. CPO’s future role is, and will remain, a matter for its shareholders and not for the Club.”

Further Reading

In the News

Gary Lineker demands affordable football for all as new TV deal makes each televised match worth £10m (with quotes from CST chair Tim Rolls).
Henry Winter: Premier League must agree to underwrite fan campaign for maximum £20 away ticket.
Playfair Qatar: 4,000 workers likely to die before 2022 Qatar World Cup
FSF statement on unjustified and unreasonable SAG decision to reduce Stoke allocation at Blackburn.

Chelsea-related

Chelsea could take advantage and make Wembley a temporary home.
Club advice on street ticket touting
Great article on how football in London has changed over the last 40 years

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Travel News

Get advance ticket alerts from thetrainline,com  Before you book, please remember that fixtures are subject to change due to television demands:

http://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert/football/premier-league
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