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Maidstone United programme notes: 1985 and all that

It’s been another busy week at the Robins Trust, wrote Dave Jennings in our programme notes for the FA Cup first round match against Maidstone United.

Firstly we’re delighted to announce The Kemble Brewery, the popular matchday venue in Fairview Street for Cheltenham fans, as an official Trust partner.

Our members can now not only enjoy the menu in a friendly atmosphere but take advantage of an exclusive 20% discount on all food purchases by showing their membership card.

Food is served Tuesday to Sunday each week and dishes vary from pizzas to Sunday roasts.

For opening times please visit www.thekemblebrewerycheltenham.co.uk and follow them on Facebook for news of events and special occasions. We thank everyone at The Kemble for supporting the Trust with this excellent offer!

In other news, we held our first ever ‘Saturday Surgery’ before today’s match. The new idea has been created to allow supporters a regular opportunity to approach members of the organisation to discuss any Club or Trust related issues that they may have, enabling us to represent them.

You may have seen Acting Chairman Tarran Wilson and new board member Jack O’Neill located in the main bar chatting to fans.

Other members of the Trust, including the Fan Elected Director, will always be dotted around the ground and are always happy to discuss any supporter matters.

Finally you may have also seen that Robins Trust members will receive ticket priority for November’s historic first Football League Gloucestershire derby.

November’s ‘El Glosico’ clash with Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn will see a large travelling contingent of Robins heading to Nailsworth.

With tickets likely to be in high demand, the Trust have, once again, secured ticket priority, ahead of general sale tickets.

Robins Trust members will then have a priority window running between Thursday, November 9 and kick off in the League Two home match with Luton Town on November 11.

If you’re not already a member, then you have until midnight on Wednesday to join up and ensure second tier priority.

Back to matters on the pitch and today’s match evokes memories for supporters of a certain vintage of the 2-1 win against today’s opposition on August 24, 1985.

Madonna was In to the Groove at no.1 in the UK charts, Dirty Den an Angie were pulling pints in the Queen Vic and Everton were the current Champions of English football.

John Murphy’s men were Champions of the Southern League and had taken their place among the elite of the non-league, taking on the Stones in their first ever National League (Gola League) match.

Whaddon Road was the venue and there was over 1,000 spectators (a rare occurrence in the 80s), winning thanks to goals by midfield maestros Steve Brooks and Brian Hughes.

The victory set us up for a tough but enjoyable first season at that level and we eventually finished 11th in the league – won that season by Enfield.

First ‘Saturday Surgery’ this weekend before cup match


The Robins Trust will be holding a regular ‘Saturday Surgery’ before each home match.

The new idea has been created to allow supporters  to approach members of the organisation to discuss any Club or Trust related issues that they may have, enabling us to represent them.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase a 50/50 draw ticket and join the Trust, now reduced to just £5 annually following last month’s AGM.

Our first surgery is this weekend (November 4), ahead of the FA Cup first round match against Maidstone United at Whaddon Road.

You’ll find Acting Chairman Tarran Wilson and new board member Jack O’Neill located in the main bar between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Other members of the Trust, including the Fan Elected Director, will be dotted around the ground and will be happy to discuss any supporter matters.

Come and say hello!

Trust members receive ticket priority for Forest Green Rovers match

Robins Trust members will receive ticket priority for November’s historic first Football League Gloucestershire derby.

November’s ‘El Glosico’ clash with Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn will see a large travelling contingent of Robins heading to Nailsworth.

With tickets likely to be in high demand, the Trust have, once again, secured ticket priority, ahead of general sale tickets.

Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders, club staff and away travel club members on October 31 through to November 7.

Robins Trust members will then have a priority window running between Thursday, November 9 and kick off in the League Two home match with Luton Town on November 11.

Trust chairman Tarran Wilson said: “Once again, Trust fan elected director Murry Toms acted quickly to secure this benefit for Trust members.

“While season ticket holders and regular away supporters are, of course, deserving of advance priority, it’s great that Trust members are given this added benefit.

Trust membership is now just £5 for adult members and we already have guaranteed ticket priority for any future big Cup ties for all members.

“We are all looking forward to the first Gloucestershire Football League derby and I’m sure that tickets will sell out in the away end.

“Anyone who wants to join the Trust can do so on our website www.robinstrust.org or by visiting our new Trust Surgery on home match days in the main bar.”

You must be signed up as a Robins Trust member by Wednesday, November 8 (11.59pm) to be eligible for second tier priority ticketing.

TICKET WINDOWS FOR GAME AT FOREST GREEN ROVERS 

Priority 1
Season ticket holders and Travel Club members (and matchday staff)
Tuesday 31 October to Tuesday 7 November (includes the home game v Maidstone United.)

Priority 2
Robins Trust, 500 Club and shareholders
Thursday 9 November to 3pm on Saturday 11 November (i.e. up to kick-off in Luton Town game.)

Priority 3
General sale
Saturday 11 November (immediately after the Luton Town game.)

Lincoln City programme notes: Meet the new Robins Trust board!

During the Relaunch of the Robins Trust and the election of a New Board we have been looking at ways in which we can add value to all our members, wrote Dave Jennings on behalf of the Trust in our notes for the match against Lincoln City.

We have been discussing with local businesses the opportunity they have by becoming a Robins Trust Partner, offering preferential deals, offers and discounts to Trust Members.

Over the next few weeks we will be announcing our Partners and the benefits they will offer. Currently we have negotiated deals with local businesses such as Pubs, Restaurants & DIY Outlets.

If you are a local business or have a service to offer and you are interested in becoming a Trust Partner we would be delighted to hear from you.

Those who recently attended the Trust AGM will have seen our commitment to not only representing the interests of our supporters, but also the interests of the wider community in which we live and work.

The safety and comfort of our fans is paramount but we will also be in conversation with the local community understanding the impact of the Football Club and how we as a Trust can develop Social Value initiatives.

We are here to be your Voice at the Club, a point of contact for your concerns and issues. As a Trust Board we will take it upon ourselves to encourage full inclusivity in how we support our club, developing initiatives to widen our support base across our whole community.

We have recently worked with the club to introduce the Robins Trust Speedy Skips Half Time Challenge. Our Trust Members, Jack O’Neill and James Robinson took part in the first event which will give our fans the opportunity to demonstrate their own football talents while raising funds for Sue Ryder charities.

Speedy Skips have kindly offered to donate £100 for every ball that lands in the skip! We would like to hear from you if you would like to take part in future Half Time Challenges.

December 9th! Keep this date free in your diary. We have exciting news coming soon!

Statement on today’s FA Cup ticketing announcement

Within minutes of the FA Cup first round draw, the Robins Trust – through fan elected director Murry Toms – made immediate contact to the club board over ticket pricing for the match.
The Trust board felt that £10 adult tickets in all areas of the ground would encourage fans to attend the match, while also rewarding supporters for their support over the past year.
Murry put those arguments to the board, in line with his responsibilities to represent all Robins fans.
However, after discussions with the rest of the board, a decision was made to implement another pricing strategy.
Murry said: “Shortly after the draw I got in contact with the rest of the board to ask for tickets to be £10 in all areas of the ground.
“Discussions with the rest of the board followed and led to another pricing strategy.
“The club board is democratic and we respect the financial needs of the club and the decision that has been made.
“However, as fan elected director it is my responsibility to campaign for the needs of regular supporters and, as a Trust board we wanted to make our stance public.
“The Trust remains determined to put forward the case for affordable football, while balancing the needs of the club’s finances.”