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.

Bryan Jacob Cup – Clive Gowing (FED) Programme Notes

The voting forms are now out for the inaugural Bryan Jacob Cup – the new name for the Supporters Player of the Year Award.

As I am sure you are aware, Bryan’s legacy to the club and the supporters is huge. He played a pivotal part in forming the Robins Trust and was our first ever society secretary.

Bryan loved Cheltenham and his club, and was a regular visitor to the training ground during John Ward and Keith Downing’s spells as manager. He was also an ever-present on match days.

When he died in 2012, Bryan left his entire estate to the Robins Trust in his will and as such we have so much to thank him for.

That incredible gift of £200,000 saw the Trust achieve our goal of having a fan elected director, the role that I am honoured to have served in for the past year.

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Ground Share With Gloucester City – Statement from Clive Gowing (FED)

I am writing in response to the news that the Football Club have agreed an extension to the ground share agreement with Gloucester City, as confirmed by Paul Baker in yesterday’s matchday programme.

As the Fan Elected Director (FED) I feel that I have a responsibility to give you all some more insight into how this decision was reached, and why I voted in favour of extending the ground share.

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