Monthly Archives: April 2018

Murry Toms stands down as Fan Elected Director

The Robins Trust’s Fan Elected Director Murry Toms has decided to stand down from his role on the Cheltenham Town board with immediate effect due to personal reasons.

Murry was elected by Trust members to serve a two-year term as FED, but has decided to stand down after 12 months because of his busy work life and the desire to spend more time with his family.

Murry’s impact since taking up his role in April 2017 has been huge.

His creativity and enthusiasm saw the club run a successful “12th Man” initiative for the final home game of the season against Hartlepool United last year, leading to a bumper home crowd.

He also played a leading role in establishing and running the #OurTown season ticket campaign – leading to record sales – as well as the Blue Day that saw more than £5,000 raised for charity.

Murry said: “It was an absolute privilege to work with the supporters as FED. We’ve done some great things together and it is my hope that we’ve underlined the value of fan representation at board level.

“The relationship between the fans and the club is the single most important thing and that demands respect on both sides. It’s what makes this place so special, and the thing that will serve it so well in the future.

“I’m sorry it’s come to a premature end, but there is no shortage of talented and committed people that can take it on to the next level and I will help them as much as I can.”

Before informing the club board of his decision, Murry spoke at length with Trust chairman Dave Jennings and other members of the Trust board.

Trust chairman Dave Jennings said: “On behalf of the Trust and all Robins fans I would like to thank Murry for his hard work, creativity and impact during his year as FED.

“All of the Trust board are sad to see him step down from a role he was having an outstanding impact in, but we all appreciate the valid reasons why he has made the decision.

“Our Trust board will discuss what to do next but we feel that this gives us a chance to take stock of what the Trust does next.”

As the fourth largest shareholder in Cheltenham Town Football Club – and second largest shareholder on the current board – the Trust should have a significant say in club matters.

The club have committed to having a Fan Elected Director, but in light of this latest development the Trust board would like to discuss the role of the FED going forward.

We will be in contact with the Club in the near future and will update supporters as to the outcome of these discussions as soon as it is possible to do so.

Response to Club clarification of Season Ticket administration fees

The Robins Trust welcomes Cheltenham Town Football Club’s response to our call for clarification over the £5 increase to all season tickets after the club announced there was a price freeze.

However, the Robins Trust board criticises the decision to apply the charge to the most loyal supporters and also the lack of apology for the club’s initial misleading announcement.

Robins Trust Question of Sport Quiz Night – Postponed

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Robins Trust board, we have taken the decision to postpone – but not cancel – our Question of Sport quiz night on Monday, April 23.
When we first planned the quiz night it was our intention for every team to have a special guest player from the football club.
Despite the best efforts of John Finnigan and Ben Mottram at the club, we have been unable to fulfil that promise.
Therefore, the difficult decision was made to postpone because the Trust did not want to renege on our original promise to fans.
It is absolutely our intention to run the Question of Sport Quiz at a time when we can guarantee a great night for all supporters and fulfil the promise of our original advertisement.
In the meantime, keep your eye on the Trust website and social channels for news on this and future events.

Robins Trust response to Season Ticket pricing complaints

The Robins Trust has noted the reaction from supporters to the recent season ticket announcement by the club.
The Trust’s Fan Elected Director campaigned at board level for a prize freeze on all season tickets, in line with our commitment to make football as affordable as possible.
FED Murry Toms also took a leading role in devising a detailed marketing plan to announce the sale period with as much fanfare as possible.
Murry put this plan into place ahead of travelling to Australia to work for Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games.
During that period Down Under, what had been agreed and put in to place changed and this led to the bungled announcement made by the Football Club last week.
Not only had this detailed plan devised by a volunteer working on behalf of the fans been abandoned, there was a change to the sales process that made the announcement misleading.
The news of a £5 administration fee applied to all season tickets was news to both the Trust’s Fan Elected Director and to the Trust board.
We will be calling on the football club to explain this decision in full to supporters, who are understandably annoyed that their ‘frozen’ ticket prices are subject to a compulsory £5 rise.
The Trust will be considering any response by the football club with great interest.

Important information about the 50:50 Draw

There will be no Robins Trust 50/50 draw taking place during the Forest Green Rovers game on Saturday.

The Trust relies on its hardy band of volunteers to run the 50/50 draw and due to a number of factors, there are not enough volunteers available to service what is expected to be a bumper crowd.

However, the Trust board has decided to run a bumper draw for the home game against Coventry City, with a jackpot prize of £250 to be won.

Each season, the Trust hands out more than £2,000 in prizes through the 50/50 draw, with the other half of the proceeds being used to further the Trust’s goals.

The Trust board are currently looking at options for extending and improving the 50/50 draw and would love to hear from anyone who can help improve what we do.
Please contact the Trust via info@robinstrust.org if you can help sell tickets, or have ideas to share.

And remember to buy more than one ticket for the final draw of the season when there is our biggest ever prize to be won.