Here we are again at the beginning of another season. I hope you have all had a good summer and come back rested and looking forward to what we hope will be a bright future.
We welcome David Flitcroft as our new manager and his assistant Ben Futcher. We also welcome the new players they have brought to our club.
Not such good news is that Roger Bunce is no longer on our Committee. He has resigned because of his health. I am sure we will still see Roger around on a match day as I cannot see him giving up his beloved Swindon Town which has been running through his veins for so many years. We wish him well and look forward to seeing him when he can make it to a match.
We are now two members short on the Committee, so if you would like to join us please come along to a meeting and see what happens. We promise not to ask you to do anything you are not comfortable with, we are just normal fans who try to help supporters and the club. We meet on the first Saturday home game each month at 11am in Legends Lounge.
We will be continuing our two main fundraisers this season, the Pounds 4 Points and the Halftime draw. I have taken over as the Promoter of the Halftime Draw but Steve Dean has taken charge of operations. I look after Pounds 4 Points. If you would like to sign up for either of these please fill in the enclosed forms and return to the Supporters Club.
If you can spare some time before a match and would like to help sell our 50/50 tickets, then please contact us. It would involve selling tickets from around an hour and half before kick-off. Even if you can only help once a month, or only on weekend games, do please let us know.
Finally, two dates for your diary – Saturday 21 October is the Supporters Club AGM starting at 11am in Legends Lounge and a Race Night on Thursday 5 October also being held in the Legends Lounge. We look forward to seeing you there.
Ann Alder Chairperson
We would like to remind you that SAS Travel no longer have a landline number. They can now only be contacted on 07535 917872. If there is no answer, then please leave a message and you will be called back as soon as it is possible. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Travel Office is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7.00pm and 8.00pm and before all home games, closing half an hour before kick off. Bookings for each game usually opens about three weeks before the fixture date and there are normally three fixtures open for bookings at any one time. As there is a deadline for ordering coaches from the coach provider, we always advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.
Details of pricing and departure times, etc, can be found on our website or follow them on twitter.
We have decided to continue with our free members draw for next season. This will start in August and the first prize will be a programme for every home game during the season (worth about £75). The prize for the second draw will be two seats to an away game, kindly donated by SAS Travel. The winners of the remaining draws will receive £25 of vouchers for the Club shop.
We have arranged a Race Night to be held on Thursday 5 October in the Legends Lounge, starting at 7.30pm. The event is open to members and non-members. Ticket prices will be £5 for members and £7.50 for non-members, to include a fishcake, sausage & chip supper. Horse ownership will cost £3 and the winning owner of each race will win £25. Tote tickets will be £1.00 each per horse. We will also hold a raffle.
Any non-members who buy a ticket can join the Supporters Club on the night by filling out a membership form and paying 50p – the £2.50 extra which you paid for your Race Night ticket will go towards your membership fee.
Tickets for this event can be purchased from the Committee and will be on sale from the first home game onwards, we will be sat at our usual table in the Legends Lounge prior to kick off. You can also register your interest by sending us an email or calling our mobile number and we will call you back.
As mentioned in our Chairpersons notes, our AGM has been arranged for Saturday 21 October, starting at 11.00am in the Legends Lounge. If you have any proposals or nominations please submit them in writing no later than 14 days before the AGM. You can hand them to any Committee member, send to email@example.com or post them addressed to the Secretary, Supporters Club c/o the County Ground.
50/50 Draw Winners
The winners of the 50/50 draw at the last home game last season were:-
£1000 – ticket number 957 – Mr Morse of Swindon Season Ticket – ticket number 1534 – Stephen Ash of Swindon Home Shirt – ticket number 2079 – Maureen Fletcher of Corsham
We are pleased to let you know of the following members benefits (on production of a 2017/18 membership card): Elite Beds and Mattresses of Devizes will give a 5% discount on any purchase South Cerney Golf Club will offer 10% discount on green fees Shrivenham Park Golf Club will give 12½% discount on green fees (excluding twilight fees that start at 4pm). Please note that bookings are to be made by phone or in person no more than 1 week in advance. Weekend tee slots will not be available until after 10am (the exception to this will be for any bookings made no more than 24 hours in advance), It must be stated at the time of booking that it is an STFC Supporters Club booking and membership cards must be shown when your members arrive to play – no discount will be given if a membership card is not shown.
Later in the season, we are hoping to offer a one match incentive to travel with SAS Travel to an away game, yet to be decided. Please keep an eye on our website and programme notes for more information.