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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Trust Draft Accounts And 2015 AGM Agenda

In advance of the 2015 Robins Trust AGM, the agenda and Draft Accounts (for 2014-2015) are available online.

The accounts are currently under independent audit (as required by Trust rules) and this should be complete within the next few days.  No changes to the Draft accounts are expected.  The audited accounts will be uploaded as soon as they are available.

You can view them here:

Update from Clive Gowing (FED) – 5 November 2015

Dear Robins Trust Member

It has been a couple of months since I last got in contact and I would like to update you on the various things I have been doing in my role as Fan Elected Director.

Forest Green Rovers home match

You may have read in Paul Baker’s programme notes for the Havant and Waterlooville game that the board made the decision to turn down the opportunity to have the Forest Green match televised.

This decision was made collectively by the board of directors.

We felt that it wasn’t right to move the game to a Thursday night as it is one that is capturing the imagination of the supporters. I know it was the first game I looked for when the fixtures were released.

We felt that moving the match would have an impact on the attendance and we wanted to give as many supporters as possible the chance to attend the match and enjoy a fantastic atmosphere.

It meant that we turned down £7,000 from BTSport – something that may have proved useful in the January transfer window – but as a board we need to make sure that short-term financial gains are not made at the expense of supporters.

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