Monthly Archives: February 2015

Robins Trust Program Notes – Saturday 28th February 2015

Extract of Robins Trust Statement 13-2-15

Following the departure of Paul Buckle The Robins Trust issued a statement regarding the events at Cheltenham Town Football Club. Please see below an extract of that statement.

“Robins Trust chairman Clive Gowing today met with Paul Baker and the management staff at Cheltenham Town Football Club prior to the 10 o clock announcement but after the decisions had been taken regarding Paul Buckle.”

“This was seen as a key involvement from the Robins Trust and Cheltenham Town Football Club to ensure that the fans of Cheltenham Town Football Club and heard and seen as a key aspect in challenges ahead and a sense of togetherness and unity is restored. Robins Trust Chairman Clive Gowing commented “I had previously arranged to meet with Paul Baker today on a different matter. This involvement from the Robins Trust is a key connection in ensuring the voice of Cheltenham Town FC fans are heard. The message now needs to be one of unity, togetherness and passion.”

Update on Bryan Jacob’s Donation

It looks like publishing deadlines have come a bit too early to make any firm announcement regarding the update of Bryan Jacob’s estate. However we can confirm that positive progress is being made and that the Robins Trust board have reviewed the accounts and the solicitors have informed the Trust that the executor has signed. The Robins Trust are optimistic that further announcements can be made in the coming weeks.

Are you registered to vote?

Following the finalising of Bryan’s estate the steps really are up to you the Robins Trust members. As agreed at the last AGM any investment over £25k will need to be agreed by our members and we will need to follow an election process for a Trust member to be elected to the Cheltenham Town FC Board. These really are big steps for the Robins Trust but also for all fans of Cheltenham Town FC. So make sure you have a say and sign up to the Robins Trust.

Robins Trust Program Notes – Saturday 14th February 2015

Calling all Non Passionate, Criticising fans

The Robins Trust believe that the fans of Cheltenham Town FC are among the best in the world.

We support our team every week, help out with ground maintenance in the summer, pay for advertising boards and are always supportive because they have the club at heart.

However, the  past year has seen the fans criticised on two separate occasions.  First, we were told we were not passionate enough; now we’ve been told we are too critical.

Really?

Sorry, but the Trust feel that is not right. For a fan to even travel to an away game, or give up their Saturday afternoon to come to the beloved Whaddon Road shows passion.

Granted we are not the loudest of fans but noise does not always mean passion.

As for noise, the club need to be very careful what they wish for.

I am not sure a partisan and loud Whaddon Road crowd would have been quiet with a team having won once in 13 games. Given past results, to call the fans critical is stretching things somewhat.

In his programme notes last week Paul Baker was trying to issue a rallying call – the chairman was trying to give a “we’re all in this together” plea – that is something the Robins Trust support 100 per cent.

However, The Trust believes our fans should be praised for their efforts not constantly told what we should or shouldn’t be doing.

We have a voice too and it is very hard not to criticise over the last few months.

If a fan pays to attend a match they have every right to criticise. The board should listen, especially if that criticism is constructive and has value.

We are all in this together and we will be sure to do our bit to support the players on the pitch – if you want more of a say then join the Robins Trust, for just £12 you can have your say.

You can sign up to the Robins Trust at www.robinstrust.org or by speaking to a 50/50 draw seller at any home match.

Individually we may be just one single fan, but together we have a voice.

 

Update on Bryan Jacob’s Donation

At time of writing there is not too much to update the Trust members on. The accounts of Bryan’s estate are still with the executors and we are hoping progress will be made soon.

Paul Buckle Departure – Robins Trust Statement

The Robins Trust would like to issue the following statement regarding today’s departure of Paul Buckle and the events at Cheltenham Town Football Club

Robins Trust chairman Clive Gowing today met with Paul Baker and the management staff prior to the 10am announcement, but after the decision regarding Paul Buckle’s future had been taken.

This was seen as a key development in the strong working relationship between the Robins Trust and the Football Club.

Part of the Trust’s remit is to ensure that views of the fans are heard by the board and Gowing welcomed the move to be involved in a key decision.

With significant challenges lying ahead in the near future, the Trust and the Club will continue to work together to ensure that a sense of togetherness and unity is restored.

Gowing said:“I had arranged to meet with Paul Baker today on Friday morning about a different matter but was happy to be involved in the events of today, despite it being such a difficult time.

The involvement of the Robins Trust shows that the Football Club are receptive and willing to hear the voice of the Cheltenham Town fans.

“After a turbulent week the message now needs to be one of unity, togetherness and passion.”

The Robins Trust is issuing a rally call to all supporters of Cheltenham Town ahead of the crucial game against Bury.

 Gowing added: “If you have ever attended a match in the last 17 years in the football league or joined in with the success of gaining promotion to the football league in 1999 the club need you now more than ever. 

“Let’s make the match against Bury the biggest attendance of the season and the noisiest, most-partisan atmosphere Whaddon Road has ever seen.

“The line of negativity has now been crossed out and the way forward is positivity, togetherness and unity. We are Cheltenham Town Football Club and we can be Proud.”