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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 – 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

Newsletter – January 2016

Welcome to the first CST newsletter of 2016 and a Happy New Year to all our members. It has been an interesting month Chelsea-wise since the last newsletter, to put it mildly. Hopefully the New Year will coincide with an uplift in form, and decent runs in the two cup competitions.
In terms of CST business, there are a few key issues we would like to bring to your attention and/or remind you of.

Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM

Many CST members are also CPO shareholders so a reminder that the CPO Annual General Meeting is at 11.00 on Friday 29th January in the Drake Suite, Stamford Bridge. We would actively encourage as many members who are shareholders as possible to attend the meeting. A reminder that those attending the meeting need to take photo ID (e.g. passport or driving licence) with them.
Agendas were sent out by CPO to shareholders a couple of weeks ago. If you are a shareholder but unable to attend, you can vote electronically or use a proxy, details of these options are contained in the agenda mail-out. CST own one CPO share. At our latest Board Meeting on Saturday 16th January, the CST board decided how to cast our vote on behalf of our membership on each of the eleven resolutions in conformance with the CPO resolution passed at the last CST AGM. A number of CST board members are aiming to attend the meeting.
Chelsea Pitch Owners is a unique protection for Chelsea supporters, and it was made clear in the result of the relevant motion at this year’s AGM that the majority of our members want to see it remain, regardless of the Stamford Bridge’s redevelopment. We would again encourage members who are not CPO shareholders to actively consider purchasing one. Details on how to purchase shares are shown here.
We will be submitting a number of questions to the CPO board in advance of the AGM. If you have any questions you would like us to ask on your behalf, please e-mail them to enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com by Monday 25th January. Alternatively, send them directly to Chelsea Pitch Owners.

Chelsea Safety Advisory Group

A representative from the CST, and one from the Fulham Supporters Trust, met earlier this month with senior council officers who lead the Safety Advisory Groups (SAG’s) for
Fulham, QPR and Chelsea. This was to discuss greater supporter involvement in the three Safety Advisory Groups, which meet twice-yearly and currently have representatives from the clubs, Hammersmith and Fulham council, Metropolitan Police, BTP, emergency services etc but not supporters. Issues of safety and security clearly directly impact supporters, and it is clearly anomalous that they have no voice. A motion at this year’s CST AGM was passed in favour of us pushing to get a supporter representative at the Chelsea SAG.
It was a productive discussion and the council officers understood the benefits from greater supporter dialogue and receiving direct supporter feedback. The issue of greater supporter input is being discussed at the next SAG at the end of January, and it is hoped that direct supporter input to future SAG meetings will result.
As an interim measure, they are keen to receive feedback on any security or safety issue relating to Chelsea which supporters would like to give. If there are specific comments on issues like touting, stewarding, policing, ground safety, queues at Fulham Broadway etc that you would like to make, please send them to enquiries@chelseasupporterstrust.com by Monday 25th January. We will collate them and forward them for consideration at the SAG.

Supporter Ownership and Engagement

The Government Expert Working Group on Supporter Ownership and Engagement has just published its final report. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport web link to a summary of the report content is here
A press release from Supporters Direct detailing their response is here
Representatives from the CST will be attending a meeting of Premier League Supporters Trusts hosted by Supporters Direct next week, where one agenda item will be the contents of the report and the response to it. Feedback from this meeting will be given in the next CST newsletter.

Brompton Cemetery

Jack Whitley Gravestone Jack Whitley was a Chelsea goalkeeper before World War One, playing 127 games between 1907 and 1914. He was also a member of the club backroom staff, including roles as coach and trainer, right up to 1939. Having given 30 years to the club, Jack died just a few months after our league championship triumph in 1955 and although he passed away in Hertfordshire, he specifically asked to be laid to rest within earshot of Stamford Bridge. Chelsea historian Rick Glanvill recently discovered Jack lies in an unmarked grave at the north end of Brompton Cemetery. Rick feels, as do the CST board, that it would be great to give Jack a gravestone that properly reflects and marks his lengthy service to Chelsea. To this end, we are planning to track down his relatives or next of kin, then organise an online ‘crowd-funding’ fundraising campaign designed to erect a fitting memorial. We will advise once the online fundraising page has been set up.

Green Fingers Wanted

In conjunction with Royal Parks and Friends of Brompton Cemetery, we are also planning to help clean up Chelsea-related graves by volunteering a few hours’ basic gardening/cleaning. Brompton Cemetery is the resting place for a number of Chelsea figures from the past and we are keen to help keep the cemetery tidy and in good shape. We are aiming to do this once the weather improves, and would welcome help from CST members. We will give more information in the February newsletter.

Take a look at this Chelsea FC Guide to Brompton Cemetery

European Away Ticket Collection – PSG

The details regarding ticket collection for the Paris St Germain away game on 16th February have been published by the club . Whilst respecting the impact of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, we have concerns about aspects of this announced process and are in contact with the club on the matter.

Next Special General Meeting

The date of the next SGM will be announced once the March TV fixtures are announced so we can firm up the room booking.

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