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Newsletter – Autumn 2018

Welcome to the ‘Autumn 2018’ newsletter. We hope you are enjoying the season so far. It certainly looks like Maurizio has hit the ground running, and long may it continue. This edition highlights some of the good work that has been carried out by the Trust, particularly the important meetings with the club and the Premier League. Of course, we also reflect on the great response to our annual survey.

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CST Newsletter Autumn 2018

Newsletter – Winter 2018

Welcome to the ‘winter’ newsletter. We hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and are managing to keep warm in the bitter winter weather. Mind you, if you read the press at the moment it might make you hot under the collar with Chelsea apparently in crisis and about to part company with Antonio Conte, in spite of being 4th in the league, in the FA Cup and with Barcelona to play in the Champions’ League (correct at time of writing!). Crisis, what crisis?

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CST Newsletter Winter 2018 Final

Newsletter Autumn 2017

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Autumn Newsletter is now available.

Photo by Clive Howes/Chelsea FC

It covers the recent Annual General Meeting and election results; the date of the next Special General Meeting;  a report on the latest supporter issues and the unveiling of the Jack Whitley Memorial.

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Chelsea Supporters Trust Autumn Newsletter 2017

Newsletter – Summer 2017

Chairman’s Report

Warm congratulations to all Chelsea supporters for their support in a season that exceeded many of our expectations in winning the League for the 6th time, tinged with disappointment at failing to do the ‘Double’ by losing the FA Cup final to Arsenal. For many it has been a season to remember and somewhat better than last season, to say the least. Thanks must go to Antonio Conte and the players for the entertainment they have given us this season and for the hope of more success and trophies to come.
The Board would also like to say thank you and farewell to John Terry who took his final bow at the end of this season. His has been a remarkable career the like of which we are unlikely to see again. JT, thanks for the memories and for the support you have given to the Trust and many Chelsea supporters.
And so to business…

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CST Newsletter Summer 2017

Newsletter – February 2017

Welcome to our first Newsletter of the Year, and indeed our first one for far too long, for which I owe you a huge apology. As a result this might be a longer newsletter than usual as we have a lot to catch up on.  I promise to keep them a little briefer in the future!
~ Chairman

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Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Newsletter February 2017

Newsletter – September 2016

Apologies for the lack of a Newsletter in August but we were somewhat pre-occupied with the AGM and subsequent elections.

AGM

Our third AGM was held on August 13th at the Copthorne Hotel. We had a good turn out at the meeting both in person and also with those listening in to proceedings on Chelsea FanCast’s mixlr channel. If you wish to listen to the AGM in full you can do so here.

At the meeting Tim Rolls, Chair, delivered the financial statement and the annual report (which can be viewed here) before moving on to the Motions for the coming year.

This was Tim’s last official meeting before standing down as Chair. IMG_4029The Board, on behalf of the membership would like to thank Tim for his tireless and committed work as our first Trust Chairman. It is fair to say that he has left us in a very healthy position and we have a strong foundation to build on and take the Trust forward in the future.

After the AGM most attendees stayed to compete for the second Chelsea Supporters Trust Quiz. Dan Levene was the quizmaster and the Chelsea Pensioners led by Tim Rolls pipped last years winners, Chelsea FanCast to the winners post. A more detailed review of the Quiz can be found here.

Elections

The election of the new Board and voting on the Motions presented in the AGM have now been completed.

In an affirmative vote all 9 candidates were elected to the Board and they are:

Cliff Auger; David Chidgey; Debs Coady; Charles Jackson; David Johnstone; Celia Mindelsohn; Chris Rayburn; Dan Silver and Richard Weekes. We extend a warm welcome and congratulations to new Board members Chris Rayburn and Dan Silver and thank Neal Beard, Jules Beattie and Iain Rodgers, who did not seek re-election, for their efforts on the Board over the last few years.

All the Motions were passed and we now have a mandate to work on them over the next year. Full details of the motions can be found here but in summary they include issues such as  CST Affiliations; Stamford Bridge Redevelopment; Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners ; Temporary Stadium; Atmosphere Concerns and Safe Standing; Ticket Pricing and Availability; Kick-Off Times; Membership of Safety Advisory Group; Ticket Touting; Stakeholder Engagement; Football in the Community; Club Heritage; CST Annual Membership Renewal Date; Supporters Club Ticket Allocations.

David Chidgey
David Chidgey

In the first meeting of the new Board held on 1st September, we elected a new Chairman – David Chidgey and a new Treasuer – Charles Jackson. Paul Jeffrey continues as Secretary. Over the coming weeks we will be setting up a number of working groups to ensure that we deliver on the motions passed in the recent elections and also to allow more accountability and responsibility. We’ll have details of the progress with this in the next newsletter.

Membership Survey

We are still collating the results of the membership survey released at the end of last season and hope to have this available to the membership in October. We will also have the opportunity to present this to the Chelsea FC board. This is one of our most important meetings of the year as it means we can directly present our members views on a wide range of supporter issues to those who run the Club.

Affiliate Meetings

Tim Rolls represented the Trust at a recent Premier League meeting with Richard Scudamore in attendance. Although nothing substantive came out of the meeting, it is a good opportunity to get the membership’s views across to the people running the game. Tim also presented a detailed analysis of the issues around Kick-off times – a topic of great frustration to our members.

Brompton Cemetery 

bromptonmilland8-10-16-36-mediumAnother successful morning helping to tidy Chelsea related graves in Brompton Cemetery was held on the weekend of the international break. We’ll be planning another morning, most probably during the next international break, so do come along – its great fun as well as for a worthy cause.

The next SGM

The next Special General Meeting will be held at the Atlas Pub 16 Seagrave Road London SW6 1RX AT 6.30 pm on Sunday 23rd October – after the Man Utd game.

As always we will be broadcasting the meeting live from www.mixlr.com/chelsea-fancast and a podcast of the meeting will be available to download shortly after.

Top of the agenda will of course will be the results of this years Members Survey carried out over the summer and we also have a very special guest lined up…

Chelsea Legend Kerry Dixon will be in attendance and after the _91631874_kerrygoal_gettymeeting will be signing copies of his new biography “Up Front” and doing a short Q & A.

Numbers will be limited and its a members only event so make sure you’ve paid your membership fee!

 

 

Newsletter – June 2016

A short newsletter to briefly interrupt your summer break from all things Chelsea.

Annual CST Membership Survey

A reminder that the annual survey responses need to be submitted by end Sunday June 12th. The survey results do matter, as they drive CST strategy for the next twelve months and are also discussed in a face-to-face meeting with senior club executives. Your individual link was e-mailed to you on May 16th so if you have not yet responded, please take the fifteen or so minutes required to complete it, your views do matter.

Annual General Meeting and Elections

The CST AGM will be held on the first weekend of the new season, on August 13th or 14th depending on the fixtures. The AGM notice, together with details on how to stand for the CST board, will be issued to voting CST members in late June.
If you are considering standing for election to the Board and want to know more about what being a board member entails, feel free to get in touch with individual Board members or via membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com for some informal advice.

May SGM Podcast

Before the Spurs game we held an SGM in the Chelsea Pensioner. Lively discussions were held on a range of topics, and well-known Chelsea journalist Dan Levene did a fascinating Q&A. You can listen to the SGM here:

Part One: https://soundcloud.com/chelseafancast/chelsea-supporters-trust-sgm-02052016-part-1

Part Two: https://soundcloud.com/chelseafancast/chelsea-supporters-trust-sgm-02052016-part-2

Brompton Cemetery – Chelsea Graves

We are pleased to announce that following the CST’s first volunteer day at Brompton cemetery back in March, our next date will be Saturday July 2nd at 11.00am.

Once again we hope that some of our members can spare a few hours to help clear some of the overgrown areas around Chelsea FC related graves. We also plan to spruce up the grave belonging to CFC’s founding father, Gus Mears. It was a very enjoyable and satisfying day in March and we hope the one in July will be as rewarding.

Transport Information

Advance train ticket alerts from thetrainline.com. Please be aware fixtures are subject to change due to television demands, before booking: http://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert/football/premier-league

Get a third off rail fares with the Two Together Railcard. http://www.twotogetherrailcard.co.uk/

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 & updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TfLTravelAlerts

If you have comments or questions on any of the above information, or any other CST activity, please let us know: enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com

 

A PDF version of June 2016 newsletter can be downloaded here

Newsletter – April 2016

Chelsea Supporters Trust – Newsletter – April 2016

As the season draws to an end, welcome to the latest CST newsletter, covering a number of current issues hopefully of interest to you.

Special General Meeting

You will have seen a short member survey asking whether you would be interested in attending an SGM before the Spurs game. We got sufficient interest to go ahead, and the meeting will be held in the basement of the Chelsea Pensioner pub, 358 Fulham Road, London SW10 9UU (just down the Fulham Road from Stamford Bridge, walking towards Earls Court) at14.15 on Monday 2nd May. The formal notice of meeting and agenda is being sent to members separately.
One agenda item is a Q&A with Dan Levene, a freelance journalist with a deep knowledge of all things Chelsea. Questions for Dan, or the CST board, can be raised at the meeting or, if you are unable to attend, emailed to membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com by Sunday evening.
After being unable to identify a suitable location for a meeting in February/March we held a Virtual General Meeting. We believe that these certainly have their place but we are committed to holding face-to-face meetings with members, as an important part of the communication process, and we received member feedback underlining this. We apologise that, on this occasion, we cannot broadcast the SGM live for members unable to attend. We will record the SGM and put up a podcast of the meeting on our website, in addition to producing meeting notes.

Annual General Meeting and Board Elections

As in previous years, the CST AGM will be held on the first weekend of the season (13th/14th August), on whichever day Chelsea are not playing. The formal meeting notice, request for motions etc. will be sent to members in late June. The AGM also triggers the annual board election process. If any of you are potentially interested in standing for the board, and wish to know more about what this entails, please speak to any board member or email us.

Annual Members Survey

We are planning to send the annual survey out earlier this summer, so we can collate the results and have them ready to present to the club at the start of next season, and to you at the AGM. As well as the standard questions, which enable us to track trends, there will be a small number of new questions including a section regarding the proposed move to a temporary stadium.

Brompton Cemetery Project

On Easter Saturday CST members, working with Friends of Brompton Cemetery and supported by the club and Chelsea official historian Rick Glanvill, participated in a cleanup of Chelsea-related graves in Brompton Cemetery. Photographs of the clean-up can be
seen here. The clean-up was seen as successful and worthwhile and we are planning to do this again – members will be notified of timings.

Meeting with the Premier League

A meeting was recently held between a CST board representative and Cathy Long, Head of Supporter Services at the Premier League. This followed us regularly raising concerns with her about the late announcement of fixtures rearranged to suit television, but the
discussion moved on to cover a number of other topics. These included ticket pricing, touting, away travel initiatives, the role of the club Supporter Liaison Officer and meeting was part of the ongoing stakeholder dialogue process and gave a chance for us to express concerns raised by our members.

Chelsea Pitch Owners Football Tournament at Stamford Bridge

The second Chelsea Pitch Owners football tournament is being held at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 17th May. For information on how to enter a team, or to make an individual entry, please click the link here.http://www.chelseafc.com/fans/chelsea-pitch-owners/cpo-news/line-up-with-team-mates-at-stamford-bridge.html

Plan International Football Tournament

CST member Clayton Beerman has asked us to mention a charity football tournament being held at Stamford Bridge on Thursday 19th May for Chelsea’s global charity partner, Plan International. Details on how to enter a team, or participate as an individual, are
shown here: http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2016/04/play-at-the-bridge-with-plan-international.html

We will issue a final newsletter of the season next month, which will include the SGM
minutes.

Transport Information

Advance train ticket alerts from thetrainline.com. Please be aware fixtures are subject to change due to television demands, before booking: http://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert/football/premier-league

Get a third off rail fares with the Two Together Railcard. http://www.twotogetherrailcard.co.uk/

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 & updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TfLTravelAlerts

If you have comments or questions on any of the above information, or any other CST activity, please let us know: enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com



A PDF version of April 2016 newsletter can be downloaded here.

Newsletter – March 2016

Chelsea Supporters Trust – Newsletter – March 2016

Despite the highly chastening few days Chelsea have endured on the field, there has been plenty happening with regard to Chelsea Supporters Trust activity.

THIS WEDNESDAY – Virtual Meeting

As we advised in the last newsletter, finding suitable rooms to hold CST Special General Meetings after home matches is proving almost impossible. The Finborough Arms now has other events in the evenings and other potential venues are not available. To ensure we deliver on our commitment to member dialogue, therefore, we will be holding a Virtual General Meeting from 19.00 this Wednesday 23rd March. The VGM will last 60-90 minutes and will cover current issues we believe to be of relevance to our membership.
You can listen in to the VGM, using facilities provided by the Chelsea Fancast, by clicking this link. You can also email questions with subject header VGM to email address: enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com .

Ticket Pricing

You will almost certainly have seen that Chelsea have announced a freeze on ticket prices next season. You will also have read about the £30 cap on away tickets, which will significantly benefit our travelling supporters. Here is the link to the Club announcement which was made a couple of weeks ago.
The CST board issued a statement in response to the announcements which can be found here. The end of away ticket categorisation is particularly welcome, as it was clearly and indefensibly discriminatory against supporters of the ‘big’ clubs. As our statement says, the £30 away cap needs to be the beginning, not the end, and national campaigning on ticket pricing will rightly continue. The Premier League (PL) away cap announcement shows what can happen when Supporters Trusts across a range of clubs work together. We also make the point about the need for intelligent pricing in both the proposed temporary move and in a redeveloped.

Stamford Bridge. Brompton Cemetery – Chelsea Founders Maintenance Project

The CST are pleased to be involved, with the club, the Friends of Brompton Cemetery and official Chelsea historian Rick Glanvill, in the Chelsea Founders Maintenance Project. As part of this project, a clean-up of some of the Chelsea-related graves in Brompton Cemetery has been organised for Saturday 26th March at 11.00.
There are a number of graves closely associated with Chelsea FC and several of these are inaccessible due to overgrowth. Chelsea Football Club has kindly agreed to provide us with any tools and safety gloves we might need. More details are given here, including how to take part here. We would encourage as many CST members to participate in this worthwhile activity, helping to preserve and promote the heritage of the club.

Temporary Stadium

As part of a wider, detailed piece of work around future ticket pricing we are carrying out research into the increased costs and times taken to reach each of the potential temporary stadia to be utilised while Stamford Bridge is being rebuilt. When this work is complete we will share it with the club, and also with our membership. There is a danger that the primary focus will only be on the redeveloped stadium, but clearly an absence from Stamford Bridge for a minimum of three years is likely to have significant impact on match-going supporters.

Rescheduled TV Games

The announcement of the rescheduled April TV fixtures was made later than the supposed deadline of six weeks. This delay in making that announcement, largely caused by the TV companies, happens all too often and causes inconvenience and unnecessary cost to supporters who cannot book travel, make family arrangements, taken time off work etc.
We raised the issue with the PL, who gave us a revised date that they did adhere to. When PL trusts next formally meet PL representatives we will again reiterate the importance of adherence to the published deadline. The Sunderland away game scheduled for Saturday 7th May is the only remaining Chelsea game that could be moved and, because of the distance and cost involved in travelling we will reiterate to the PL the importance of adherence to the agreed deadline.

Fans Forum

The next Chelsea Fans Forum is on 20th April. If you have any issues you would like raised by our rep Debbie Coady, please let us know at email address enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com with ‘Fans Forum’ as the subject header.

FA Cup Final Ticket Allocations

Following a campaign by the Football Supporters Federation and a lot of hard work by Tim Payton of Arsenal Supporters Trust, the FA have agreed that each team competing in the FA Cup Final should get an extra 3,500 tickets, which is clearly good news. A CST representative, together with reps from Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool trusts, saw FA executives on a range of issues including final ticket allocations a couple of years and it is very pleasing that this issue has been successfully taken forward. You can read about this here.
It is worth remembering that in the 1967 FA Cup Final, Chelsea and Spurs only received 16,000 tickets each so the situation has certainly improved over the past fifty years, though clearly in an ideal world the two clubs would get the vast majority of tickets.

CST Banner

The long-planned CST banner made its debut against Stoke City, on the Upper Tier of the Matthew Harding Stand, as this photograph shows.

Chelsea Supporters Trust banner at Stamford bridge

Transport Information

Advance train ticket alerts from thetrainline.com. Please be aware fixtures are subject to change due to television demands, before booking: http://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert/football/premier-league

Get a third off rail fares with the Two Together Railcard. http://www.twotogetherrailcard.co.uk/

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 & updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TfLTravelAlerts

If you have comments or questions on any of the above information, or any other CST activity, please let us know: enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com

A PDF version of March 2016 Newsletter can be downloaded here.

Newsletter – February 2016

It would be fair to say it has been a busy month for the CST, both at a Chelsea level and on wider issues.

Premier League Ticket Pricing

The topic of ticket pricing for Premier League was successfully highlighted by the 10,000 Liverpool supporters who left Anfield after 77 minutes. This achieved widespread publicity and succeeded in placing Premier League ticket prices firmly on the news agenda and creating a healthy head of steam. The fact that Liverpool subsequently climbed down and froze prices shows what supporter activism can achieve.
Representatives from the CST have met with senior club executives to discuss ticket prices and we published a statement on the issue last week. We are in dialogue with other trusts as well as the Football Supporters Federation with regard to identifying tactics for a concerted campaign and will have representation at a meeting to be held shortly, which will have representatives from a number of PL trusts, to discuss goals, tactics and next steps. We will keep you posted regarding developments.
Coincidentally, the Trust has been contacted by a research student at Loughborough University who is working on a project to ascertain maximum price supporters would be willing to pay to watch Premier League games. You can make your views known by filling his questionnaire out here.

Chelsea Safety Advisory Group

Further to the item in the January newsletter, it is pleasing to be able to report that the CST will be invited to pre-meetings in advance of future Safety Advisory Groups (SAG’s), and also to post-meeting briefings. We will also get sight of the agenda in advance and have been advised that any safety or security issues we raise in advance will be covered at the meeting.
SAG meetings take place twice yearly and include attendees from Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Chelsea FC, Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, Fire Brigade etc. It has always seemed anomalous that there was no supporter input and, though in time we would hope to have representation at the meeting itself, this is undoubtedly progress. The next meeting is scheduled for July and, in good time for that meeting, we will be asking supporters for issues they would like us to raise.

Brompton Cemetery

The CST board is very pleased to announce that in conjunction with The Friends of Brompton Cemetery and The Royal Parks we will hold our first volunteers day to assist with the cemetery “tidy up” and grave tending, on Saturday March 26th at 11.00am.
There are a number of graves closely associated with Chelsea FC and several of these are inaccessible due to overgrowth. Chelsea Football Club has kindly agreed to provide us with any tools and safety gloves we might need.
There are already a number of people who have expressed an interest in helping us on the day and we hope this will be the first of many such events. Further details will be released to members nearer the time but if you are interested in coming along please email enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com using the subject header ‘Brompton Cemetery’.

Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM

The CPO AGM, held at Stamford Bridge on 29th January, was attended by a fair number of CST members, with total attendance around 150. It was a fascinating meeting. It was clear that the vast majority of those present were implacably opposed to any attempt by the club, or the owner, to buy back the freehold to Stamford Bridge. Of course it is unclear whether any such attempt will be made, but it is clear that if an attempt is made, there will be widespread opposition. One to watch in the months ahead, though any move to acquire the freehold is unlikely to happen until planning permission is granted.
The CPO Chairman’s statement, by Charles Rose, and the results of the AGM resolutions, can be found here. We strongly recommend CST members purchase a CPO share – details on how to do so can be found at the same link.

PSG Away

We hope all members who travelled to Paris had a safe and enjoyable trip. Representations were made to the club with regard to the inconvenient location of the ticket collection point in Paris and the wristband process. We will be pursuing the excessive ticket prices charged to Chelsea supporters with UEFA. We will also be raising with them other problems experienced by supporters including the queuing problems in the Metro station after the game, which also occurred in previous years. If you had any specific issues or problems out there, please let us know via enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com, using the subject heading ‘PSG’, and we will take them up as appropriate.

Next Special General Meeting

We are having severe problems identifying a suitable location for our next SGM. Members will be notified as soon as we have a date and location.

FA Cup Final Ticket Allocations

Following a campaign by the Football Supporters Federation and a lot of hard work by Tim Payton of Arsenal Supporters Trust, the FA have agreed that each team competing in the
FA Cup Final should get an extra 3,500 tickets, which is clearly good news. A CST representative, together with reps from Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool trusts, saw FA executives on a range of issues including final ticket allocations a couple of years ago and it is very pleasing that this issue has been successfully taken forward. You can read about this here.
It is worth remembering that in the 1967 FA Cup Final, Chelsea and Spurs only received 16,000 tickets each so the situation has certainly improved over the past fifty years, though clearly in an ideal world the two clubs would get the vast majority of tickets.

Fans’ Forum

The next Chelsea Fans Forum is on 20th April. If you have any issues you would like raised by the Trust rep, Debbie Coady, please let us know at email address: enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com, using the subject heading ‘Fans Forum’.

Calling All Designers

The Club has announced a public competition to design the main gates for the new stadium. Details can be found here.

Transport Information

Advance train ticket alerts from thetrainline.com. Please be aware fixtures are subject to change due to television demands, before booking: http://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert/football/premier-league

Get a third off rail fares with the Two Together Railcard. http://www.twotogetherrailcard.co.uk/

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 & updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TfLTravelAlerts