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£5,145.33 raised for the British Lung Foundation

Last night our online auction of match worn shirts drew to a close with supporters vying for a piece of Cheltenham Town history.

It saw a flurry of late bidding which took the total raised through AMS Auctions alone to almost £2,800.

Harry Pell’s shirt topped the lot, going for a staggering £503 with all but two of the blue jerseys going for more than £100.

The money raised last night will be added to the proceeds of the bucket collection and auctions at the ground immediately after the match on December 9.

In the end, going blue for Crewe raised £5,145.33 for the British Lung Foundation.

It was an initiative by the fans to put on a show of togetherness with Vicky Veness and Ian Hutton, while raising funds and awareness for the UK’s only charity that looks after the nation’s lungs.

With the event gaining local and national attention in the media, including an appearance on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM, we achieved everything we set out to do.

A shirt signed by studio guests Tyson Fury, Danny Dyer and Jimmy Bullard in itself fetched £152.

We have invited the charity back to the LCI Rail Stadium in the next few weeks so that the supporters can hand over the big cheque at half-time. We’ll release the details of that as soon as we have it.

And the best news of the lot is that Vicky recently received some fantastic news, reporting she was in remission after treatment.

Thank you to every single volunteer, supporter, player and member of staff at the club for their contribution. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Won a shirt?

Winning bidders will need to collect their shirts from AMS Auctions, based in Leckhampton from tomorrow.

Full details of how to get there as well as contact details can be found on their website here.

If you have any questions at all for the Trust, please get in touch at info@robinstrust.org.

How £5,145.33 was raised:

Online auction: £2,783

  • Harry Pell £503
  • Carl Winchester £220
  • Dan O’Shaughnessy £214
  • Kyle Storer £198
  • George Lloyd £162
  • Mo Eisa £156
  • Soccer AM shirt £152
  • Joe Morrell £152
  • Jerrell Sellars £152
  • Freddie Hinds £142
  • Kevin Dawson £132
  • Nigel Atangana £132
  • Will Boyle £104
  • Taylor Moore £98
  • Matt Bower £84
  • Blank shirts £130

Bucket collection: £1,304.32

  • Including Peter Matthews BBC commentary match fee

Main bar auction with writer and broadcaster Tom Watt: £300

  • Danny Wright’s shirt £80 (voted for by the fans in online poll)
  • Neil Grayson shirt £30 (returned by winning bidder for online auction)
  • Carabao Cup Final tickets £100 (supplied by the EFL)
  • EFL official Mitre match ball £90 (supplied by the EFL)

Hospitality auction £190

  • Jamie Grimes’ shirt

Text to donate: £230

Suggested donations in club shop: £338.01

Membership packs ready for collection

The Robins Trust are delighted to announce that new membership packs are now available for all Trust members.

Starting on Saturday, packs can be picked up by members from the Trust Surgery in the main club bar.

Packs include a welcome letter detailing the relaunch of the Trust, along with a new membership card and share certificate.

Each Trust member holds a non-transferable £1 share in the Trust and existing members will receive a new certificate, but retain their original share number.

The new membership packs have been introduced to coincide with a new era for the Trust and they will show the new branding voted for by members in October.

Trust chairman Tarran Wilson said: “With the organisation getting a fresh new look and almost entirely new board, we though about updating what we give back to our members.

“The new packs show our new logo and branding as we embark on an exciting new era for the Trust in the coming year.

“Where possible, to save money and reduce our environmental impact, we would encourage fans to collect their packs from our surgery desk on a matchday.

Members who are unable to get to the matchday surgery, can request to have their pack delivered to a collection point in either the Colin Farmer Stand or (behind the goal) stand.

Any expat members who need their pack mailee are asked to contact the Trust to arrange postage.

In both instances, members are asked to email info@robinstrust.org.

Tarran added: “We appreciate that there has been significant delays in arranging for new members to receive their membership pack.

“The Trust has always relied on volunteers and the complexities of having a year-round renewal process has made the task of stating up-to-date increasingly difficult.

“But with members voting to change our membership prices and structure at our most recent AGM, we believe those issues are a thing of the past.”

At the Trust’s October AGM, members voted unanimously to reduce membership subscriptions to £5 and standardise the membership year to June-May from 2017 onwards.

Full details of the renewal process for all single year members will be communicated to members in April.

However, if you are a member who has never received an email from us, please contact us to ensure your details are current and correct.

Accrington Stanley programme notes: Membership packs are coming!

It’s good to be back for the first match of the year, wrote Murry Toms in our programme notes for the Accrington Stanley match.

It promises to be a fantastic 12 months, with one eye on the past and the other firmly on the future.

Twenty years ago this May we won at Wembley, the day the town fell in love with the club.

We’ve had our moments but on the whole the past two decades have been nothing short of remarkable and we will help commemorate that pivotal day in our history at the end of the season.

Then we want to play our part in what comes next and we can all play a part in that.

We’ve hit the ground running in January after an eventful time at the Robins Trust.

We now have all the new membership cards, certificates and letters sporting our new branding and we’re keen to get these out to everyone as soon as we can.

We know a handful of supporters have waited some time to receive them but we appreciate their patience and we are working as quickly as we can.

Our membership has more than doubled in the last 12 months so we have a long list to get through but rest assured, it’s all hands to the pump.

Ideally we’d like fans to come along and collect them on matchdays to speed up the process, but of course we will arrange postage where necessary.

Simply let us know at info@robinstrust.com and we’ll arrange that.

Otherwise members can find us in the main bar at Barnet game in a fortnight to grab their new packs, and each home game after that.

We’re also thrilled to announce the details of the online auction for the special blue shirts.

We were approached by club sponsors AMS Auctions, based up in Leckhampton, to help out on this front and for that we’re very grateful.

They have a wealth of national and oversees experience in this space and their support has been invaluable.

And the best bit is that they’re regulars, home and away, so they’re simply playing their part in the massive team effort.

All the shirts are up for grabs, except for Jamie Grimes’ and Danny Wright’s which went collectively for £300 in the post-match auctions.

We have also received the jersey which was featured on Sky Sport’s Soccer AM (or Soccer PM as it was on December 9, on a day of firsts).

Boxer Tyson Fury, Danny Dyer from Eastenders and the rest of team signed it and sent it back to us which is a classy touch.

The auction goes live on Wednesday at midday and will run for 10 days until Saturday, January 27, when it closes at 9pm after the home match against Barnet.

That means everyone has a few days to head over to amsauctions.co.uk to quickly register their details to be ready for the off.

The bidding for each will start at £40, which is the price you’d pay in the shop for a replica shirt, and bidding will go up in increments of £2 thereafter.

You’ll find all the details on both our website and ctfc.com, plus all the usual social media channels this weekend.

So far we’ve raised close to £2,500 so far I’d love to see us hit the £4,000-mark so get behind a great cause and grab a piece of Robins’ history in the process!

Read the ‘Fans for Diversity’ annual report

We’re pleased to share the third ‘Fans for Diversity’ annual report, jointly produced by Kick It Out and The Football Supporters’ Federation.

It highlights the great impact the campaign has made by working to bring fans, communities and clubs closer together in both the Football League and the non-league scene.

It’s primary aim is focused on making the game as inclusive as possible, and key to this success has been giving fans the opportunity to access the Fans for Diversity Fund.

The funding is designed to help and encourage fan-led activity that celebrates equality and diversity in football, and to date it has funded well over 100 events, activities and fan resources.

If you have any ideas of your own, or know of any Cheltenham Town fans you feel would benefit from the fund, please get in touch with us at info@robinstrust.org.

Newport County programme notes: Exiles story one to admire


When I arrived at the Weston Homes Community Stadium for the match against Colchester United on January 2, I could never have imagined how the next 12 months would pan out, wrote Murry Toms in our programme notes for the match against Newport County.

It’s a year I’ll look back on with a lot of pride, as should today’s visitors Newport County.

A month after the trip to Essex we welcomed the struggling Exiles to Whaddon Road, the day I turned 40 (I know, I don’t look a day over 60).

They were down but not quite out, and a win would have given us some breathing space at the foot of the table.

But a chap by the name of Jaanai Gordon salvaged a point with a last-gasp equaliser and they haven’t looked back.

The goal deep into injury time sparked a remarkable 12-game run that saw the Welsh side stay up against all the odds and reward the hugely impressive Michael Flynn with the manager’s job at his hometown club.

Now they’re flirting with the play- offs. It’s remarkable.

Then in the summer former chairman and lottery winner Les Scadding agreed to transfer his shareholding in the club to the Newport County AFC Supporters Trust.

In October the club became fan-owned after £236,000 was raised to complete the move with the vast majority coming from fans, bringing the feel- good factor to Rodney Parade.

What an amazing story and one I hugely admire. I’m sure they face many challenges but like the supporters (and co-owners) at Wycombe Wanderers and Exeter City I’m sure they wouldn’t have it any other way.

You only have to spend 90 minutes or so at a famous old club like Coventry City to see how badly it can go.

We’ve seen it even closer to home with our great rivals Gloucester City, who used to provide us with the festive period’s highlight on Boxing Day.

We’ve been talking to their Trust, crossing the divide to offer our help at a challenging time in their history. We’ll do whatever we can help to support them.

As Cheltenham supporters we can look back over the last 12 months with a great deal of pride and satisfaction with the way we have worked together to create some memorable moments.

None more so than seeing the legend ‘Churchy’ lead out the players to launch the new away strip in Aaron Downes’ shirt at the open day back in July.

For me it perfectly encapsulated the year, seeing the players and supporters coming closer together to really celebrate what it is to be involved with this club.

There’s plenty more to come but for now I think we can enjoy a well deserved pint.