Statement From Trust Chairman In Response To Echo Article

Statement from Robins Trust Chairman Clive Gowing regarding article in the Gloucestershire Echo

I look forward to discussing the article with many of you in person at Thursday nights AGM but felt it was fair to explain a few points to those supporters who can’t make the night.

Following Tim Kent’s departure in the summer I agreed as the only accountant on the club board to take on the role of finance director on a temporary basis whilst the club explored different options of how the club accounts would be completed going forward.

This was discussed with the Trust board and I stated on record to both the club board and trust board that a firm arrangement needed to be in place by the Trust AGM so this could be communicated to the Trust members. This still remained in place until the echo contacted me last week stating they would be running an article with or without my input.

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Robins Trust 2016 AGM Notice And Annual Accounts

The Robins Trust will be holding their 2016 AGM on Thursday 27th October at 19:15 at Whaddon Road.  The agenda for the AGM can be downloaded using the link below:

Robins Trust 2016 AGM Agenda

The annual accounts of the Trust will also be discussed at the AGM and a copy of the accounts for 2015-2016 can be downloaded using the link below:

Robins Trust Accounts 2015-2016

We look forward to seeing you there.

EFL Whole Game Solution – Update From The Trust

Following on from the open letter to all Robins Trust Members and Supporters of Cheltenham Town the Robins Trust would like to explain their current thoughts with regards The Whole Game Solution.

Many supporters will have read or seen some of the headline behind the recent football league proposals not least the proposal for an additional 8 teams to be included within the football league to form 5 divisions of 20 teams.

We are told by the EFL that the driver behind these proposals are to solve fixture congestion and improve the national team. Whilst every English football fan will agree that the national team needs improving we can’t see what positive impact league two matches will have on the English national team. The Premier League already has a league of 20 and although the Championship has a league of 24 teams none of the most recent England squads included players from the Championship.

The second issue that we are told needs resolving is that of fixture congestion and the clashes with the Champions League. Clashes with Champions League football does have an effect on attendances, however improved planning around midweek fixture should be able to resolve this given the fact that the current league two fixture list currently only has 6 Tuesday night matches scheduled.

The current proposals offer far too much contradiction, the above paragraph is designed to reduce the amount of mid week matches in an order to increase attendances. However the proposals then offers the suggestion to consider the FA Cup becoming a mid week completion whilst keeping the tradition and prestige of the competition and the idea of a winter break.

As supporters of league two clubs we would not be against the idea of a winter break in the Premier League and even the Championship but lets use this to the advantage of league one, league two and the non league pyramid. Lets use a winter break in the top two league in the country to promote football at a lower level and use this as a time to show case football to the thousands of supporters that believe there is not a life outside the premier league.

Finally we lead onto the financial implications of the proposals. Each club in league two will be playing four less home games resulting in a reduction in matchday revenue and the current football league and premier league solidarity payments will now be split over an extra eight teams. How this loss in revenue will be covered is still yet to be explained within the proposals or indeed how the current split between football league or solidarity payments following the new league structure.

Far too many of the current proposals are unknown or contradict themselves. A proposal on how the additional eight teams will be made up has still to be determined (apart from knowing that 2 teams will not be relegated for one season the criteria for the other six has yet to be decided).

The Robins Trust can assure fans that there voice will be heard on these proposals and are planning to use our AGM due by the end of November to discuss these proposals. . It is hoped that by this time more information may be known following a league meeting of all EFL clubs on September 22nd and the Robins Trust are also planning to attend a meeting of all EFL supporters Trusts regarding this subject to be held in October.

If you would like to contact the Robins Trust on this subject or any other matter please feel free to speak to any raffle seller on a match day or email


Clive Gowing, Louise Gowing, Mike Collins, Andy Wiggins, Leo Hoenig, Brian Lancaster, Claire Mitten, Anne Mitten, Tarran Wilson – (Your Trust Directors)



Football League Whole Game Solution Consultation

Open Letter to members of the Robins Trust and supporters of Cheltenham Town FC

Following discussions with both supporters direct and a number of Cheltenham Town supporters, I want to ensure Robins Trust Members and all supporters of Cheltenham Town FC that they will be engaged regarding the recent Whole Game Solution proposals presented by the Football League.

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Colin Farmer – A Message Of Condolence

The Robins Trust would like to offer their condolences to the friends and family of Colin Farmer following the sad news of Colin passing away earlier this week. Robins Trust chairman Clive Gowing pays tribute to Colin below.

Many tributes and messages have been written this week since the news of Colin passing was announced and I think the most fitting thing is the amount of different people have spoken out to offer their condolences.

Colin was a fantastic servant to Cheltenham Town FC and every supporter should be thankful for the work he put in over his 29 years on the board at CTFC. The transformation of the football club in that time is a truly remarkable achievement and it is fitting that Colin’s last season at the club was the most enjoyable and important season of his 29 years.

He was a person who didn’t seek the limelight and would just get things done. One of his phrases was “leave it with me” and if he said that you knew that within a couple of weeks the problem would be fixed.

Many of these problems would have been fixed by Colin calling in a favour or two and costing the club nothing apart from maybe a couple of complimentary tickets. The fact he could pull in so many favours over the years proves that he was a man that was truly liked.

Colin was everyone’s friend who had a story for any occasion even if he did tell them more than once! He did however keep it very quiet last season that he had in fact played for Forest Green and it was only in his passing that this was discovered. I am sure he would have taken a good ribbing if that fact had been know during parts of last season!

I have known Colin for a long time but it is only really the last year since I joined the board that myself and my family really got to know Colin well. Although that was not long enough the sadness we all feel of his passing is a real testament of his character and the way he can touch you in such a short time.