AGM 2022 Minutes
Please find below the minutes taken at our AGM which took place on Wednesday 29th June 2022 in the social club at Victory Park.
Apologies: Received from Alison Butcher and Carole Turner
Minutes from previous AGM: Were read by CFCST Chair Chris Blackburn, with no matters arising.
Chairman’s Report: Can be read here…
Accounts: CFCST Treasurer JP Lynch presented the independently audited accounts. There were no matters arising. Moore and Smalley will be reappointed as auditors. The accounts can be seen here….
Elections: Jonathan Slater was elected to the CFCST Board of Directors unopposed and was welcomed by the Trust Chair.
Membership: Julian Vass confirmed that the annual membership has gone back down from £15 to £10. Junior membership fee is £1. There are currently 48 members. Information on joining can be found on the CFCST website here.
AOB: Graham Watkinson, co-owner and club secretary of Chorley FC, took questions:
- Are there going to be improvements to the gentlemen’s toilet facilities? We could do with hand-hold rails for the entrance steps to the ladies’ and gentlemen’s toilets near the Magpies Nest for the benefit of elderly and disabled supporters. Any improvements to the ladies toilets?
GW: said the club would do what it can with funds available.
- What are the kits for the 2022-23 season going to be like?
GW: Home kit was white/back stripes; away kit maroon; 3rd kit cream and green.
- Is there any plans to reopen the main stand fully?
GW: Costs estimated at £45-60k and the stand itself may only last for another 10 to 20 years. Spoken to Chorley Council, which owns the ground, regarding this issue.
- How do you feel about the club’s financial situation, going into what should be a relatively ‘normal’ season, post Covid-19 pandemic.
GW: It is hard to predict but that season tickets were selling well and the club had ensured that prices were kept down, in recognition of the current economic situation that people are faced with.
- What will happen if either or both of Ken and Graham, the current majority shareholders, should decide to retire.
GW: We want to bring people on board now and at some point in the future we would plan an exit strategy and would be looking for the best candidate(s) to take the club forward.
- What would CFCST need to do in order to be able to step in?
GW: said the he has been a strong supporter of the Trust throughout its existence, seeing it as a potentially strong candidate to be future custodian of the club, and that the main thing needed was a sound business plan.
- Has progress been made on improving security at Victory Park?
GW: funds had been raised and the situation had improved, with improvements focused on the main stand side of the ground.
- Are there plans for any home matches to be segregated during the coming season?
GW: said there were none planned at present but that could change.
- Is the pitch playable? The pitch has been stripped and reseeded. It is playable for the first pre-season home match against Bolton Wanderers on 2nd July?
GW: Confirmed that this match will go ahead as scheduled.
- When will the new kits be on sale?
GW: said he hoped they would be available for order next week. He hoped season tickets would also be available for collection next week.
- What’s happening with the 1883 lounge?
GW: The 1883 Lounge will become the Paul Mariner Bar (or similar title) with food and drinks available. Looking also at potential for the snack shack to become a bar.
- How much did Chorley FC receive from the away play-off match at York City?
- When will the 2022-23 National league North fixture list be published?
Wednesday 6th July.
- How many players in the Chorley FC squad at present?
GW: Seventeen. Adam Henley to be confirmed depending on current offers abroad. Andy Preece looking at a number of potential additions.
- Will Andy Preece be adding to his management team?
GW: Yes – this matter is being looked at now and announcements will be made in due course.
- If the club went full-time, would there be a significant cost increase?
GW: Hard to predict: Currently 6 full-timers; squad training 3 times a week. The wage bill wouldn’t need to rise that much because of it.
- How much did the club make from sale of Cardwell, Newby & Baines?
GW: Approximately £50k.
- Could the disabled area could be better policed by stewards to stop people standing in front of it and obstructing the view of the pitch.
GW: The club will address this.
- Would the Supporters Trust take on selling hard copies of match programmes?
CB: Trust board would discuss this at their next meeting.