MINUTES – Annual General Meeting 2021
Minutes of the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Chorley FC Supporters Trust
The quorum was confirmed with 8 members present and a further 3 on Zoom
Were received from Tim Charlson, Neil Walmsley, Keith McIntosh, Chris Blackburn and Julian Vass
Minutes of last meeting
Circulated on Zoom, taken as read and no matters arose.
Chorley FC made a decent amount of money from cup run, not the million+ some believe, but nonetheless still had some financial problems during the pandemic, like most other clubs
We have been in initial informal talks with CFC about the future relationship, mainly about what we would need to do in order to be considered as possible future custodians of the club.
There are a number of areas we need to look at in order to meet this challenge.
Most immediately, we need to focus on our aim of community ownership.
We need to develop a business plan to take over the club
We need to increase income.
We need to put together a team of people with the skills and experience to run the football club – we do not currently have people with the necessary experience on the Trust Board.
We would need to have substantial funds in place in order to be able to run Chorley FC, and to prove that we can do so for at least two years.
The purchase of mowers was queried by some. This was done with money raised from supporters pledges for ground improvements, and so was in effect owed to the club and this usage was considered appropriate.
It is hard to combine the roles of Supporter Director on the Chorley FC Board and CFCST Chair. Sometimes the two roles create potential for conflict of interest. As such Pete Thompson does not plan to continue as Chair but will continue on the boards of both CFCST and Chorley FC.
Some pre-season friendlies may be at risk owing to COVID regulations, and further details will be provided in due course.
Matt Bagot noted that the archive on the CFC website has not been updated for three years. Pete Thompson promised to look into this.
The audited accounts were presented with commentary from Treasurer John Paul Lynch.
Moore and Smalley were reappointed as auditors on a show of hands.
Alison Butcher, Chris Blackburn and Jue Vass were appointed to the CFCST board by a confirmatory vote, as they stood for election and there were seven vacancies on the board. Mark Rees has stepped down from the board.
A motion was put to increase the membership fee to £15 per year for adults. The fee has been frozen since the formation of the Trust, and administration (membership pack production, communicating with members) now accounts for half or more of the fee. This was passed with no objections.
We need to get members more involved. Members have a role to play in growing the Trust by promoting it to other Chorley fans
Matt Bagot donated £80 raised from the sale of Chorley v Wolves match badges. There is also a badge available for the James Dean memorial match, with proceeds going to the chosen good cause.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday August 4. Again, it will be held in person at the Social Club and also over Zoom
At the close of the meeting, everyone present were offered a drink on the Trust, as is traditional.