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Pat Nevin Q&A

Full recording of the Pat Nevin Q&A at the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust SGM held in October…

After the recent Chelsea Supporters’ Trust SGM, we were delighted at have former Chelsea player, Pat Nevin as our special guest.

Pat Nevin is one of Chelsea’s most loved former players and graced the Stamford Bridge pitch with his style and flair in the 1980’s. 

Pat is now a respected and insightful football pundit working predominantly with BBC Radio 5 Live and many Chelsea supporters will have read his erudite blogs in ChelseaFC.com.

Pat talked about his career with Chelsea and gave us his thoughts on the current Chelsea side, modern football and working in the media.

The full Q&A can be heard here:

CST Special General Meeting Podcast 21/10/17

Full recording of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Special General Meeting held in October…

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust held their first SGM of the season in the Atlas Pub recently.

The Agenda covered subjects uppermost in Chelsea Supporters minds including the issue of Kick-Off times and their re-scheduling for TV covered by Tim Rolls. In addition Ramzi Shammas discussed the recent Annual Survey and plans for the survey next year; Cliff Auger discussed supporters issues and the recent unveiling of the Jack Whitley Memorial and plans for further work with Brompton Cemetery and Henry Fowler presented an update on our efforts with the campaign for Safe Standing.

Charles Rose, Chairman, Chelsea Pitch Owners also presented  an update of the CPO’s recent activities. 

CST members were also given the chance to ask questions  to the board.

The meeting was recorded and can be heard in full here:

Chelsea Supporters Trust AGM 13th August 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Chelsea Supporters Trust was held at 14:00 on Sunday 13th of August 2017. 

As always we recorded the meeting for the benefit of members who were unable to attend in person. You can listen to it here:

AGENDA 

1. Welcome and apologies

2. Chairman’s Report – overall report on Trust issues and accounts 

3. Secretary’s Report

4. 2017 Annual Survey – summary of results

5. Board Elections

6. Motions from the CST Board

6.1 Board Elections

6.2 Approval of 2016/17 Accounts and Use of Independent Examiner

6.3 Chelsea Supporters Trust affiliations

6.4 Stamford Bridge Redevelopment

6.5 Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners

6.6 Temporary Stadium

6.7 Atmosphere Concerns and Safe Standing

6.8 Ticket Pricing and Availability

6.9 Kick-Off Times

6.10 Membership of Safety Advisory Group

6.11 Ticket Touting

6.12 Stakeholder Engagement

6.13 Football in the Community

6.14 Club Heritage

6.15 Supporters Club Ticket Allocations

7. Any Other Business

Chelsea Supporters Trust ‘Virtual’ Special General Meeting June 22nd 2017

The Chelsea Supporters Trust ‘Virtual’ Special General Meeting was held at 7:30 pm on-line via www.mixlr.com/chelsea-fancast on Thursday 22nd June

It gives members who have been unable to attend SGMs this season in person a chance to hear what the Trust has been engaged with on their behalf and to ask questions via email beforehand or on the chat page whilst listening in.

The meeting started with the ‘Chairman’s Report’ where updates were provided on the Trust’s recent activities on behalf of the members on supporters issues and the forthcoming AGM and Elections in August.

We are currently busy collating the answers to the Annual Survey and Ramzi Shammas was on hand to provide us with an update. The survey finishes on June 30th so if you have not completed it yet please go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CST-survey-2017

Richard Weekes talked about the Trust’s various activities to improve the Atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and Dan Silver reported back and answered questions about our links with and issues for overseas members.

If you would like to become a member of the Chelsea Supporters Trust then go to chelseasupporterstrust.com/join-us/ fill in the details and then scroll down to choose ‘Individual Voting Member’ on the subscribe button which will take you to Paypal.

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Statement – West Ham United v Chelsea 26th October 2016

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust note with disappointment the events surrounding the West Ham United v Chelsea EFL Cup tie on the evening of Wednesday 26th October 2016.

Clearly we would not wish to condone the behaviour of a minority of fans involved in unsavoury incidents.

Many Chelsea supporters, including young children, were subjected to coins and other missiles being thrown at them during the game and an intimidating and confusing walk back to various public transport hubs after the game.

In addition, procedures for the stewarding and segregation of opposing fans within the stadium appeared to be less than adequate, particularly given the nature and history of this fixture.

Issues of this nature were reasonably foreseeable given the number of well documented problems with stewarding, policing and the segregation of opposing supporters at the ‘London Stadium’ since West Ham took residency and it is clear that in failing to address this, those responsible for crowd management and safety continue to fail in providing a safe environment for football supporters.

We are currently collating an evidence based report from supporters caught up in any pre and post-match and segregation related incidents.  We will be meeting with representatives from Chelsea FC together with the Chelsea Supporters Group, and we will also meet with the Football Supporters Federation and the Metropolitan Police to determine how these issues might be resolved going forward.

In the meantime if you were at the game and wish to share your experiences with us, good or bad, then please email: enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com and we will include them in our report.

A PDF copy of the above statement can be downloaded here.

Chelsea Supporters Trust SGM 23/10/2016 with Kerry Dixon Q&A

 

After the wonderful win against Man Utd the Chelsea Supporters Trust held their first Special General Meeting of the season to discuss the new Board; the new Working Groups and to reveal the key points in the results of the annual Members Survey.

sgm-7-mediumAfter all that we wrapped up proceedings with a Q&A session with much loved Chelsea legend Kerry Dixon.

The agenda for the meeting was as follows:

Chelsea Supporters Trust – Special General Meeting

Sunday 23rd October 2016 at 18.30

Atlas Pub 16 Seagrave Road London SW6 1RX

Agenda
1. Introduction (David Chidgey) (5 mins)

2. Working Groups Report (25 mins):

• Atmosphere (Richard Weekes)
• Supporter Issues (Cliff Auger)
• Stamford Bridge Redevelopment (David Johnstone)
• Affiliations (Cliff Auger)
• Community (Cliff Auger)

3. Membership Survey (Celia Mindelsohn) (20 mins)

4. Questions (10 mins)

5. Any Other Business

6. Kerry Dixon Q&A and Book signing (45 mins)

Trust Statement regarding the proposed Stamford Bridge Redevelopment

Statement regarding the proposed Stamford Bridge Redevelopment

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust representative was pleased to attend the recent Fans Forum meeting which focussed on the proposed redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.

Questions regarding plans for the much heralded redevelopment of Stamford Bridge were put to members of the Club’s Board and the design team responsible for the redevelopment of the new stadium.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust are delighted that the plans for the new stadium seem to be progressing well and that there were satisfactory responses to many of the concerns and issues that supporters have raised.

However, the recent issues with the transition of West Ham United from the Boleyn Ground to the London Stadium serve as a timely reminder about potential problems when moving stadium and increasing capacity.

It appears that many of the issues West Ham are facing might have been resolved had dialogue been held with supporters before the move. It should be noted that West Ham are one of the only Premier League clubs who do not have a Supporters’ Trust.

We firmly believe that consulting with Chelsea supporters and their representatives prior to the re-development of Stamford Bridge (and temporary move whilst this happens) will result in potential problems being avoided.

For this reason and acting on our mandate,  the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust will continue to press the Club to introduce ‘Safe Standing’ areas within the new stadium so that those who wish to stand whilst attending Chelsea matches at Stamford Bridge are able to do so.

The ‘rail seating’ system advocated by the ‘Safe Standing campaign’ has, this season, been introduced by Celtic Football Club at their Parkhead ground and has proved, beyond any doubt, that it is indeed a safe way of enabling supporters to stand whilst enjoying top-flight professional football matches. It is something that is undeniably beneficial to the atmosphere at games and we are disappointed that the Club’s safety team currently believe that it is not safe when the evidence would suggest otherwise.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust will look to host the ‘Safe Standing’ roadshow again this season in the hope that as many supporters as possible can be informed as to the benefits and viability of safe standing.

In addition, we will continue to press for like-minded supporters to be located together, as far as is practicable, to both enhance the atmosphere and to avoid the problems relating to re-location that West Ham fans have faced which has led to confrontations between their own supporters.

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust will also continue to campaign for equitable and affordable pricing to be introduced at the rebuilt Stamford Bridge which will ensure that different categories of supporters such as children, young adults up to the age of 25-years of age and those of a pensionable age are able to attend matches without being excluded by prohibitively expensive ticket prices.

The above statement can be downloaded as a PDF here.

The full minutes of the Fans’ Forum meeting of 12 September 2016 can be downloaded as a PDF here or can be found on the club’s web site.

Chelsea Supporters Trust AGM 13th August 2016 Podcast

The podcast of the Chelsea Supporters Trust Annual General Meeting held at The Copthorne Hotel, Stamford Bridge on Saturday 13th August.

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Tim Rolls was in the Chair and there were contributions from CST board members: Cliff Auger; Debs Coady; David Johnstone; Neil Beard; Celia Mindelsohn; Richard Weekes and David Chidgey as well as contributions from various CST members.

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On the agenda:
1. Welcome and apologies
2. Chairman’s report – overall report on Trust issues
3. Secretary’s report
4. Treasurers report
5. 2016 Membership survey – feedback of results
6. Board Elections
7. Motions from the CST board
7.1 Approval of 2015/16 Accounts and Use of Independent Examiner
7.2 Chelsea Supporters Trust affiliations
7.3 Stamford Bridge Redevelopment
7.4 Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners
7.5 Temporary Stadium
7.6 Atmosphere Concerns and Safe Standing
7.7 Ticket Pricing and Availability
7.8 Kick-Off Times
7.9 Membership of Safety Advisory Group
7.10 Ticket Touting
7.11 Stakeholder Engagement
7.12 Football in the Community
7.13 Club Heritage
7.14 CST Annual Membership Renewal date
8. Any other business