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New Chair Announcement

After the last CST board meeting, we are delighted to announce that Cliff Auger and David Johnstone have been elected by the board as Co-Chairmen.

Cliff and Dave have been involved with the Trust since its inception and have served on the Trust board since it was founded in 2013.

They are both well known among Chelsea supporters and at Chelsea FC having worked tirelessly on supporters issues such as atmosphere, safe standing, ticketing, policing and stewarding and the work on Chelsea’s heritage at the Brompton Cemetery.

The CST board look forward to working with our new Chairmen to deliver on the mandate voted for by the membership at the recent AGM.

Special General Meeting – Q&A with Metropolitan Police

The Chelsea Supporters Trust are pleased to announce our next Special General Meeting will be held on Saturday November 9th at 3pm after the Crystal Palace game at the Atlas pub.

After our normal business we are pleased to say that we will have a question and answer session with officers from the Metropolitan Police who deal with football matches at Stamford Bridge and across London.

To enable our guests to be able to give detailed answers, if you have a question, we ask that you send your question in advance. Send your question to the email address  membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com by Tuesday November 5th, so that we can forward them on.

Date and Time
Saturday 9th November 2019
Start Time – 3pm 
 End Time  -5pm

 Venue

The meeting will be held in the upstairs room at The Atlas, 16 Seagrave Road, London, SW6 1RX.   It is  a 15-20 minute walk from Stamford Bridge
https://goo.gl/maps/KDBHqTbbkN9c6Mdu5

Attendance

Attendance at our meetings are open to paid up, voting members of the Trust only.

We hope as many of you as possible will attend in person but as there is limited space available, to avoid disappointment, please confirm that you will be attending by emailing membership@chelseasupporterstrust.com

Membership to the CST costs £5 per year and includes a free pin badge. You can sign up easily from our website https://chelseasupporterstrust.com/cst-membership/registration/

We appreciate that not everybody can attend, we are hoping to be able to record the meeting and post it online.

 

Foodbank collection at Brighton game

Chelsea Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that our next collection for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank will be on Saturday 28th   September before the Brighton game.

We have been advised that  they are currently critically short of food so your support is more vial than ever.

The collection point will once again be adjacent to the cfcuk stall which is situated opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre, next to the old Fulham Town Hall and on the corner of Fulham Road and Cedarne Road.

The stall will be manned from approximately 12pm and donations can be left until roughly an hour before kick off (2pm). We are extremely grateful to Chelsea FC once again for allowing us to store the donations at Stamford Bridge before being collected by the food bank staff.
Cash donations are always gratefully received too!

The following items are urgently needed,

  • Long life/UHT milk and juice
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Small bags of rice
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Other puddings e.g sponge, angel delight, etc.
  • Small jars of instant coffee
  • Washing tablets, small boxes of powder

At the moment they have plenty of

  • Feminine hygiene- pads and tampons
  • Baked beans
  • Pasta
  • Tea

Further collections will be made at the   Newcastle home game.

Thomas Cook

Further Update :

Chelsea have now released  a statement regarding European and  Domestic travel arrangements. The statement can be found here :

EUROPEAN AND DOMESTIC TRAVEL UPDATE FOLLOWING THOMAS COOK’S LIQUIDATION

Earlier Update :

The initial post followed discussions we had with the club at the end of last week. This morning has seen news that Thomas Cook has since gone into administration. We will continue to press the club to provide information and guidance for supporters and update you when we get more news.

The CST has approached the club with regard to the potential impact on supporters who have booked travel arrangements with Thomas Cook Sport, should they be unable to meet their obligations.

The club have confirmed that they have not spoken with Thomas Cook Sport about the Thomas Cook situation.

As far as they know it is business as usual, although clearly a difficult situation for their staff.

However they are monitoring the situation closely and the club and Thomas Cook Sport are making arrangements as normal.

Ideally the CST would like the club to contact those who have booked with Thomas Cook Sport for trips to Lille and Southampton and reassure that there is a contingency plan should the company be unable to fulfil its obligations.

We will update you if we hear anything more from the club.

Foodbank collection at Liverpool game

Chelsea Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that our next collection for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank will be on Sunday 22nd September before the Liverpool game.

The collection point will once again be adjacent to the cfcuk stall which is situated opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre, next to the old Fulham Town Hall and on the corner of Fulham Road and Cedarne Road.

The stall will be manned from approximately 1pm and donations can be left until roughly an hour before kick off (3.30pm). We are extremely grateful to Chelsea FC once again for allowing us to store the donations at Stamford Bridge before being collected by the food bank staff.
Cash donations are always gratefully received too!

The following items are urgently needed,

  • Long life/UHT milk and juice
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Small bags of rice
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Other puddings e.g sponge, angel delight, etc.
  • Small jars of instant coffee
  • Washing tablets, small boxes of powder

At the moment they have plenty of

  • Feminine hygiene- pads and tampons
  • Baked beans
  • Pasta
  • Tea

Further collections will be made at the  Brighton and Newcastle home games.

BOARD ELECTION AND MOTIONS VOTE RESULTS

The results of the recent Chelsea Supporters Trust Board election and the voting on each CST Motion, as proposed in the AGM of 17th August 2019 have now been released. Here are the results

Motion 1: Board Elections

The election to the Board of the Chelsea Supporters Trust is uncontested as there are 7 candidates standing for up to 9 positions. An affirmative ballot will therefore take place

As a result of the ballot, all 7 candidates have been duly elected, having all received over 50% in the affirmative vote.

Therefore the board members will be :

David JOHNSTONE, Nick STROUDLEY, Cliff AUGER, David CHIDGEY, Paul HAY, Dan SILVER, Dominic ROSSO

We are pleased to welcome Nick Stroudley and Dominic Rosso as new board members.

The positions of Chair and Secretary will be confirmed at the first meeting of the new board.

Motion 2. Approval of 2018/19 Accounts and Use of Independent Examiner

The Chelsea Supporters Trust accounts for the year ended 31/5/19 are approved. Provided revenue remains below £100,000 p.a., in line with accepted practise the Chelsea Supporters Trust Board should continue to appoint an independent examiner at the end of each financial year, rather than an auditor.

ANSWER RESPONSES
YES 100.00%
NO 0.00%

Motion 3. Chelsea Supporters Trust Affiliations

The Chelsea Supporters Trust should continue to affiliate to the Football Supporters Association, work with this organisation as appropriate to further the interests of Chelsea supporters, and football supporters in general and take part in national and local campaigns as deemed appropriate.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 100.00%
NO 0.00%

Motion 4. The Future of Stamford Bridge

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board notes that the Stamford Bridge redevelopment project has been put on hold indefinitely. The CST board is mandated to continue to work with the club and other relevant stakeholders to ensure a commitment that supporters are at the centre of any further discussions about the future of the ground and that supporter opinion is properly and openly taken into account, with particular emphasis on the continued enjoyment of the match day experience, facilities and ticket pricing going forward.

 

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 99.49%
NO 0.51%

Motion 5. The Future of Chelsea Pitch Owners

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board re-affirms its support of and commitment to the aims and importance of the Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) in the continuation of Chelsea Football Club at its home, Stamford Bridge. With recent developments relating to the postponement of the development of a new ground on the site of Stamford Bridge, the ‘Board’ actively encourages all members of the ‘Trust’ to buy shares and become a Chelsea Pitch Owner, to safeguard its long-term future. It is mandated to continue to work with the CPO board, and other appropriate bodies, to ensure that the CPO remains relevant to future generations of supporters and to encourage the increasing accessibility of shares to supporters of all ages and backgrounds to expedite this.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 100.00%
NO 0.00%

Motion 6. Safe Standing

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board congratulates the work of the Football Supporters Association in the developments around the introduction of safe standing this year. The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to continue to support and contribute to the united effort of fans groups to see the introduction of safe standing in the top three tiers of English football. With particular emphasis on Chelsea the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to press the Club to take a leading role in the support of safe standing and to introduce safe standing sections at Stamford Bridge as soon as is practicable, in line with national developments on the introduction of pilots for safe standing.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 94.92%
NO 5.08%

Motion 7. Atmosphere Concerns

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to continue to work with the club and other supporters groups looking to improve the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, as appropriate and to encourage the club to continue dialogue with supporters in respect of ‘singing sections’, flag and banner displays and other supporter driven initiatives to encourage atmosphere in the ground.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 98.46%
NO 1.54%

Motion 8. Ticket Pricing and Availability

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to pursue the issue of fair ticket pricing and ticket allocation for home and away, as well as matters including, but not limited to, rearranged fixtures, away fan travel and stewarding/policing, through whichever channels they deem appropriate. These channels include, but are not necessarily limited to, Chelsea FC; the Premier League; the Football Association; relevant television companies; other Supporters Trusts; the Football Supporters Association.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 98.98%
NO 1.02%

Motion 9. Fixture Scheduling

Due to the increasing cost and inconvenience to match going supporters caused by the short notice of Premier League games rearranged to suit the television companies, more notice needs to be given for such rearrangements, published announcement deadlines need to be strictly adhered to and the potential for away supporters to use public transport should be a key consideration when compiling fixtures and anomalous fixtures (e.g. midweek trips to the other end of the country) need to be minimised or eradicated. The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to work with the Football Supporters Association, other supporter’s trusts and appropriate bodies, inside and outside football, to vigorously campaign for supporter impact to be a key criterion when Premier League fixture schedules and television picks are drafted.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 99.49%
NO 0.51%

Motion 10. Membership of Safety Advisory Group

The Safety Advisory Group (SAG) is a statutory council-led committee set up under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975. The Chelsea SAG has representation from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Metropolitan Police Service. British Transport Police, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, London Ambulance Service, St John’s Ambulance Service, the Sports Ground Safety Authority and Chelsea FC. It meets twice a year to discuss relevant issues with regard to Chelsea Football Club. After representations to the local council in late 2015, the Chelsea Supporters Trust have the opportunity to review the SAG agenda, submit items for discussion and review the meeting minutes. Further discussions with the Council have resulted in the Trust being invited to attend these meetings going forward as full members, however, Chelsea FC are holding up this process by pursuing their own review on whether or not supporters should be allowed to attend SAG meetings.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board believe there is no valid reason whatsoever why Chelsea FC should object to the CST attending SAG meetings, especially having been invited by the Council. Full membership should be granted immediately and we are mandated to push for this as a matter of urgency.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 98.46%
NO 1.54%

Motion 11. Ticket Touting

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to use its involvement with the relevant authorities with a view to reducing the activities of ticket touts in the Fulham Broadway area before Chelsea home games and to participate in campaigns designed to achieve this. It is also mandated to work with organisations represented on the SAG to assist in educating potentially vulnerable groups in the perils of purchasing tickets in this way, or through using unofficial on-line ticketing organisations.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 97.94%
NO 2.06%

Motion 12. Stakeholder Engagement

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board has made some progress since its inception in terms of building relationships with relevant stakeholders at a local and national level. The board is mandated to build on this work and to develop relevant effective working relationships with Chelsea FC; Hammersmith and Fulham Council; Local Members of Parliament; Metropolitan Police Service; British Transport Police; Premier League; Football Association; relevant broadcasting organisations; the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and other bodies as deemed appropriate. Where deemed to be more effective (e.g. with the Premier League, FA, broadcasting organisations and DCMS), these relationships are to be built working in conjunction with other supporters trusts or other appropriate organisations.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 98.97%
NO 1.03%

Motion 13. Football in the Community

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to participate in and support appropriate activities designed to promote football, Chelsea FC and its supporters in the community local to Chelsea FC. This could, for example, take the form of charitable work or through supporting specific supporter based campaigns as they arise.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 98.97%
NO 1.03%

Motion 14. Club Heritage

Building on the Brompton Cemetery Chelsea Graves project, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to work with the club, club historian Rick Glanvill and other appropriate bodies/individuals to identify appropriate projects to reflect and enhance the club’s heritage.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 99.48%
NO 0.52%

Motion 15. Supporters Club Ticket Allocations

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board has a mandate to represent supporters clubs in the UK and abroad with regard to the perceived unfairness of the ticket allocation by the club to different categories of supporter’s clubs. They are mandated to work with affiliates, and other supporter’s clubs to pursue a fair allocation of tickets for both UK and Overseas Supporters Clubs.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 96.92%
NO 3.08%

Motion 16. Supporter Liaison Officer

In the UEFA Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) Handbook, the SLO role includes the following responsibilities: being a bridge between the fans and the club; informing supporters of club decisions and communicating the fans’ point of view to the club; and building relations with fan groups and initiatives as well as with police and security. At many Premier league and Football league clubs the role is independent and effective, seen as representing the supporter perspective in dialogue with the club.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board firmly believes that a fully-independent SLO, with no conflict of interest, representing supporter interests and no other, is essential in properly fulfilling the UEFA remit and optimising effective supporter dialogue. The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to continue dialogue with the club, and other appropriate bodies, to encourage Chelsea FC to look at making the SLO position independent in line with other Premier League clubs.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 98.46%
NO 1.54%

Motion 17. Supporter Safety & Access to European matches

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust Board is mandated to engage in dialogue with the club to ensure that the safety of our supporters traveling abroad is adequately considered and of an appropriate level. By doing so we hope to allow shared experiences from other supporters’ trusts, the Football Supporters Association and Football Supporters Europe from their trips to similar locations so that lessons can be learnt on issues such as travel arrangements, ticket collection, policing, stewarding, security, as well as access and egress of stadium.

In addition and in light of the experiences of Chelsea supporters in the Europa League Cup final in Baku, we are mandated to lobby the Club and UEFA working with other supporters’ trusts, the Football Supporters Association and Football Supporters Europe to ensure that travel costs and logistics; ticket allocations and distribution and the location of European finals do not place unreasonable difficulties and burdens on supporters wishing to travel to support the team.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 99.48%
NO 0.52%

Motion 18. Fair Treatment of Supporters

In the interests of fairness and natural justice, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust believe there needs to be consistency and transparency around the Club’s banning procedures. We are mandated to press the Club to make the terms of their ‘Ground Regulations’ and ‘Breaches of Ticketing Terms & Conditions’ clearly visible and accessible to all supporters. We are further mandated to encourage the Club to make their banning process more transparent, equitable and to use independent arbitration in the appeals process with an Appeals Committee independent from the Club.

ANSWER CHOICES RESPONSES
YES 98.44%
NO 1.56%

As you can see every Motion proposed by the Board has been backed positively with each motion being passed by over 90 % of the votes cast

This gives the new Board a very strong mandate from the membership going forward on the supporter issues that affect them most.

To all of our members who took part in the AGM, the election of the Board and for voting on the Motions, many thanks. This democratic process is exactly what sets the Chelsea Supporters Trust apart in that we are answerable to the membership and we work on the issues mandated by the membership.

 

Foodbank collection at Sheffield United game

Chelsea Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that our next collection for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank will be on Saturday 31st August before the Sheffield United game.

The collection point will once again be adjacent to the cfcuk stall which is situated opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre, next to the old Fulham Town Hall and on the corner of Fulham Road and Cedarne Road.

The stall will be manned from approximately midday and donations can be left until roughly an hour before kick off (2pm). We are extremely grateful to Chelsea FC once again for allowing us to store the donations at Stamford Bridge before being collected by the food bank staff.
Cash donations are always gratefully received too!

The following items are urgently needed,

  • Long life/UHT milk and juice
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Small bags of rice
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Other puddings e.g sponge, angel delight, etc.
  • Small jars of instant coffee
  • Washing tablets, small boxes of powder

At the moment they have plenty of

  • Feminine hygiene- pads and tampons
  • Baked beans
  • Pasta
  • Tea

Further collections will be made at the Liverpool, Brighton and Newcastle home games.

Foodbank collection at Leicester City game

Chelsea Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that our collections for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank will re commence on Sunday 18th August before the Leicester game.

The collection point will once again be adjacent to the cfcuk stall which is situated opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre, next to the old Fulham Town Hall and on the corner of Fulham Road and Cedarne Road.

The stall will be manned from approximately midday and donations can be left until roughly an hour before kick off (3.30pm). We are extremely grateful to Chelsea FC once again for allowing us to store the donations at Stamford Bridge before being collected by the food bank staff.
Cash donations are always gratefully received too!

The following items are urgently needed,

  • Long life/UHT milk and juice
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Small bags of rice
  • Tinned rice pudding
  • Other puddings e.g sponge, angel delight, etc.
  • Small jars of instant coffee
  • Washing tablets, small boxes of powder

At the moment they have plenty of

  • Feminine hygiene- pads and tampons
  • Baked beans
  • Pasta
  • Tea

Further collections will be made at the Sheffield United, Liverpool, Brighton and Newcastle home games.

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.