Swindon Town Supporters Club

Swindon Town Supporters Club

Newsletter August 2015

Chairman’s Notes

Another season is ready to start. It only seems a few days ago we were leaving Wembley, disappointed once again. Last season we saw some great football – falling away at the end, culminating with losing in the play-off final. For a long time we looked as if we could get an automatic spot. Had someone said at the start of the season that we would finish fourth we would have accepted that, but as things panned out we were all somewhat disappointed.

Our Chairman is using all his contacts to build a new team and hopefully go one step further than last year. We wish him well in his quest as it gives another enjoyable season.

I would like to thank Mark Cooper for all the support he gives to the Supporters Club, especially at our end of season dinner and presentation night and I would also like to thank all the players for attending as well. We will announce the date for this season’s dinner when we have fixed a date. I am delighted that more supporters year by year are coming to enjoy this awards night.

As you are aware, the 50/50 half time draw is our biggest fund raiser, so may I thank both our band of sellers and everyone who buys a ticket. If you have an hour to spare before the match we could do with a more sellers. Please contact any Committee Member if you are interested.

Draw v Orient

1st – £1000 – S Allaway, Cirencester

2nd – Season Ticket – R Crosby-Clarke, Calne

3rd – New Shirt – M Mills, Malmesbury

We have just sent a cheque to pay for the youth team to play in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup and have watched eagerly for their results. We must thank Mavis Knight for a substantial donation from her Pounds for Points scheme. She is always trying to boost her funds – so why not sign up this season, from just 50p a point.

Our charitable donations this year are to the Prospect Foundation in memory of Christine Weaver and to Swindon Stroke Support.

Finally, I would like to thank SAS Travel for their continued support in helping our group.

Roger Bunce

Chairman

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Membership

Just a reminder that, with effect from 1 April this year, our membership fee for children increased by £1 however, the fee for adults was reduced – it now costs only £3 for anyone to join the Supporters Club.

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AGM

The date for our AGM is Saturday 24 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 or send by e-mail to enquiries@swindontownsupportersclub.com. Please make a note of it and come along, we will be pleased to see you.

 

Website

Through the close season I have built a new website, with the help from Ricky at GoCitra. The Supporters Club Committee felt it was time for a change and a new image. We have had a few teething issues, we are not able to take any monies at the moment, the site is able to but our banking is not set up for it yet. If registering to become a member you will still need to pay when collecting your card and will not be a member until you do this. Hopefully at a later date we will be able to accept payment for membership, halftime draw and any events.

We would appreciate any comments or input and any ideas that you would like to see on the website would be welcome. You can email us on enquiries@swindontownsupportersclub.com or give us a call on 07500788467

Ann Alder

Vice-Chairperson

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Members Benefits

We are pleased to remind you of our member benefits:

  • For the season 2015/2016 CHIQUITOS, Greenbridge are offering 20% off of their food bill up to a maximum group of 6 people – the offer is valid Sunday-Thursday from 5pm onwards on production of a valid Swindon Town Supporters Club Membership card,
  • South Cerney Golf Club are offering a 10% discount from green fees to Supporters Club members – your Membership card must be shown
  • 5% discount in the Club shop – valid Membership cards must be shown.

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Last year, on 20 November, you may remember that we held a Race Night and had a great raffle – the first prize being a mini cruise to be taken in May 2015 which was donated by Imagine Cruising. The prize was won by Kevin Hall and I caught up with Kevin recently. I asked him about the cruise – he described it as ‘out of this world, an unbelievable experience’. He boarded with his wife on 3 May. After a champagne reception they sailed from Southampton to Bruges, then to Le Havre (where they had a trip to Paris) returning to Southampton on 6 May. The ship was fantastic with a theatre bigger than the Wyvern, 15 decks with a running track on the top deck. There was fabulous food in numerous restaurants and self-service menus. A casino, shopping arcade, bumper cars and a ‘pod’ that took them 300 feet above sea level – and much, much more. The cabin was superb with valeting twice a day. Kevin and his wife thought it was a totally chilled experience.

The ship was “The Anthem of the Seas”, one of the Royal Caribbean fleet. Thank you Imagine Cruising.

Ann Alder

Vice-Chairperson

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SAS Travel

Opening hours will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7 – 8pm and before home matches until 30 minutes before kick off

With effect from this season there are no longer any age categories – so the only way to get cheaper travel is to join the Supporters Club. Please spread the word.

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End of Season Dinner – April 2015

For the first time our dinner was held on a Saturday – this was due to the fixture backlog. Mark Cooper gave us the date if we wanted the players to attend, so it was a nervous buildup as we weren’t sure how it would work out. We needn’t have worried, as 137 people plus all the first team squad, Mark Cooper and Luke Williams supported the evening. We thank our Club Chairman, Lee Power, for again sponsoring 11 of the first team squad by paying for their meals.   The Players of the Season were Andy Williams for the Supporters Club and Disabled Group and Nathan Byrne the SAS Travel away player.

Ann Alder

Vice-Chairperson

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