Swindon Town Supporters Club

Swindon Town Supporters Club

PROGRAMME NOTES

SHEFFIELD UTD Tuesday 14th March

Good evening and welcome to the County Ground to all Swindon Town Supporters and management, players and supporters who have travelled from Sheffield for tonight’s game. Have you booked your place at our Annual Dinner yet? Bookings are going well. Why not give it a try and come and spend the evening with people who have the same interest and won’t get bored if you want talk about the ‘Town’ all night ! There will also be the opportunity to ask a question or get a ‘selfie’ with a player. On Saturday 4th March the Supporters Club held their AGM and I am very proud to say that I was elected as the new chairperson after Roger Bunce stood down earlier in the season. Everyone else was re-elected en bloc. Claire Elcocks remains as membership secretary and Teresa Dean as secretary, while Steve Dean became the new treasurer last month. Marc Walters and Sally Anne Carter represent SAS Travel, with Mick Castle, Roger Bunce and Mike Dew making up the remainder of the committee. We still have one vacant seat on the committee, so if you feel you would like to join us, come to a meeting and see what we do.

February members draw was won by no.73, John Morse of Wroughton and March was won by no.142, Paul Plowman of Swindon. They each receive £25 in club shop vouchers.

Ann Alder, Chairperson

CHESTERFIELD Saturday 4th March

Good afternoon and welcome to the County Ground to all Swindon Town Supporters and the management, players and supporters who have travelled from Chesterfield for today’s game.

The Supporters Club would like to thank all of those who donated programmes for the Annual Programme and Memorabilia fair. The event was well attended, in fact the best so far!

The date for our Annual dinner will be Tuesday 28th March. The price will be £22.00. There is a set menu of Leek & Potato soup, Chicken Supreme with Lemon and Thyme cream sauce and seasonal vegetables and potatoes and a dessert. Cheese and biscuits are available for an extra £2.00. There is a vegetarian option of Vegetable pie with seasonal vegetables and potatoes. We ask that your bookings are made by 19th March. Payment will be due with your  booking and can be made by post to the Supporters Club c/o Swindon Town Football Club, The County Ground, Swindon SN1 2ED. You can also book at our table in Legends Lounge before a home game, or speak to any committee member. The management and players will be at the dinner.

Members don’t forget to take part in the Quiz to win a Mascot package for the M.K.Dons match on 8th April. Any member can take part by answering one question but the Mascot nominated must be 14 years old or under. Get your form from Legends Lounge before a game – entries must be received by Tuesday 14th March.

Ann Alder, Chairperson

GILLINGHAM Tuesday 28th February

Good evening and welcome to all Swindon Town Supporters and Management, players and supporters from Gillingham.

Anyone who bought a 50/50 halftime draw ticket for the Oldham game please check your pockets and handbags as the prizes have not been claimed yet. The numbers are listed below and you have until Friday 17th March to claim. If the money has not been claimed by then it will go to a charity. You can claim at reception after a game or email: enquiries@swindontownsupportersclub.com or ring our mobile number 07500 788467. You will need your ticket to claim you prize.

Don’t forget our AGM Saturday 4th March in Legends Lounge at 11.00am – anyone is welcome but only members can vote.

The date for our Annual dinner, will be Tuesday 28th March, with the price £22.00. There is a set three-course menu of leek and potato soup, supreme of chicken with seasonal vegetables, and a sweet. Cheese and biscuits are available at an extra £2.00. Management and players will attend. Everyone is welcome. Places must be reserved and payment is due with booking. Please ask for a booking form at our table in Legends Lounge before a game or speak to any committee member or email the address or ring the number above.

We are still looking for 50/50 halftime draw sellers. If you can help us out by selling 60 tickets before a game we can help your finances by giving you a ticket to watch the match. The more tickets we sell the bigger the prize!

Last Tuesday evening some of the members of the Supporters Club attended the Shirt Sponsors evening. We enjoyed a delicious meal in the company of Conor Thomas and Jesse Starkey.

 Ann Alder, Vice Chairperson

OLDHAM Saturday 18th February

Today we welcome all Swindon Town Supporters and those who have travelled from Oldham for today’s game. We were contacted this week by Fiona Gardener who is the niece of a long standing ‘Town’ Supporter Arthur Wiseman. She had some sad news that Arthur had passed away on the evening of Thursday 2nd February at the age of 84 years. He had been poorly for some while with a chest infection he could not shake off. Arthur was a keen supporter for over 60 years and followed the Town both home and away. He was known to many and was also a Supporters Club member. His funeral will be held at St Thomas a’Becket church, Box at 2.30pm on Wednesday 22nd February. Anyone who wishes to attend will be welcome. R.I.P. Arthur.

On behalf of the Supporters Club I would like thank The Great Western Reds for their great display last week, it is something to be proud of and we are pleased along with TRUST STFC to have sponsored their initiative.

We now have a date for our end of season dinner, which will be on Tuesday 28th March. This is a little earlier than usual but it was the only date the Club was able to offer us due to other commitments. The price will be £22.00. There is a set menu of soup, chicken, and a sweet, with cheese and biscuits available at an extra £2.00.

Don’t forget the Supporters Club AGM on 4th March at 11am in Legends Lounge. All are welcome but only members can vote. Last but not least, can I remind you of the 3rd Annual Programme and Memorabilia Fair in the Legends at the County Ground TOMORROW Sunday 19th February 10.30 – 1pm

Ann Alder, Vice Chairperson

OXFORD – Sunday 5th February

This afternoon we welcome all Swindon Town supporters to the County Ground for today’s game against Oxford United. Our big local derby, this is a fixture that over the years is always looked forward to with enormous expectations. Let’s hope that today we are not disappointed. The Supporters Club welcomes Nicky Ajose back to the County Ground – and in a busy last week we have also seen the arrival of three others. So, we also welcome Dion Conroy from Chelsea and Rohan Ince and Jesse Starkey from Brighton.

A date for your diary is the annual Wiltshire Programme and Memorabilia Fair, which will be held in the Legends Lounge here at the County Ground two weeks today, on Sunday 19th February. Doors open at 10.30am and close at 1.30pm. If you have any programmes you wish to dispose of please contact the Supporters Club. Another date to remember is the Supporters Club AGM on Saturday 4th March at 11am, also in the Legends Lounge. Everyone welcome but only members can vote. We have a place on the committee available, if you would like to join please make your application in writing by email to: enquiries@swindontownsupportersclub.com or post to the Secretary, Swindon Town Supporters Club, The County Ground, Swindon SN1 2ED

Ann Alder, Vice Chairperson

PETERBOROUGH – 21st January

Good afternoon and welcome to the County Ground to all Swindon Town supporters and those who have travelled from Peterborough for todays’ match.

Today the Supporters Club are pleased to be sponsoring the Matchday Programme. This has given ten members the opportunity to experience the super VIP day out enjoying the matchday hospitality. If you would like the opportunity in the future, join the Supporters Club!

At our last committee meeting we have now agreed a date for the AGM. It will be on Saturday 4th March at 11am in Legends Lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend but only members can vote.

I am pleased to say Steve Dean has asked to come back on the committee and we have accepted his request. Steve resigned a while ago due to work commitments. He has still continued to help us selling half-time draw tickets and kept up with what is going on.  Mike Dew is giving up the Treasurers role and Steve has agreed to take it on.

We still have places on the committee and would welcome applications from anyone who is interested. Please send your application by email to enquiries@swindontownsupportersclub.com or post to the Secretary, Swindon Town Supporters Club, The County Ground, Swindon  SN1 2ED

As I have said many times before, we do need more 50/50 halftime draw sellers.  This may be of interest to those of you are not able to have a Season Ticket. We are offering a complimentary match ticket to anyone selling a minimum number of tickets. Anyone who is interested please get in touch with any committee member or email the above address.

Ann Alder, Vice Chair

SHREWSBURY 7th January

Good afternoon and welcome to the County Ground to all Swindon Town Supporters and those who have travelled from Shrewsbury for today’s game

It was really nice to get a response to our New Year wishes on Facebook which were sent around the world. The response came from as far apart as Brisbane Australia and snowy Bulgaria. I know we also have members in Malta and Denmark.

It may be a new year but I need to remind you of an old request. We are looking for at least two more committee members. We meet once a month, usually on a Saturday before a home game. You don’t need to have any experience, just be willing to help with various aspects of our club. If you are interested speak to one of our committee and arrange to come along to a meeting to see if you would like to join us.

Another old request I am going to repeat is for 50/50 half-time draw sellers. We would really like to be giving away a bigger prize pot but we can only do this by selling more tickets. You don’t have to commit to selling every game just when you can for about an hour and a half before kick-off. We would like to get our prize nearer £1,000, it would be fantastic.

Don’t forget there is still almost half the season to go, so you can still join in with Pounds for Points. Every penny raised goes to support the Youth Academy. If you would like to take part please contact any committee member.

SOUTHEND – 7th January 2017

Good afternoon and welcome to the County Ground this afternoon to all Swindon Town supporters and those who are visiting us from Southend. We hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed your New Year with not too many headaches!  A HAPPY NEW YEAR to EVERYONE!

The year 2016 saw a number of changes in the Supporters Club. We lost two Committee members due to other commitments. We also saw our Chairman Roger Bunce stand down for health reasons and sadly one of our popular half-time draw sellers Mike Reeves passed away having had cancer. On a personal note I have struggled with my mobility and wound up having a total knee replacement. So I have been missing at the County Ground for the first half of this season but I am really looking forward to the second half.

One event to look forward to in 2017 will be the AGM – on a date to be announced very soon after our next committee meeting on Saturday 7 January. We will be welcoming applications to join our committee, so if you are interested, please send yours in writing either by email to enquiries@swindontownsupportersclub.com or addressed to : The Secretary, Swindon Town Supporters Club, The County Ground, Swindon SN1 2ED.

On Sunday 19 February 2017 the Annual Programme Fair will be held in the Legends Lounge. This has become a very popular event for programme and memorabilia collectors so please put this date in your diary.

The winners of the half-time draw for Fleetwood were:

1st prize No. 702 Mr John Phillips from Redditch won £482

2nd prize No. 1030 – £55 NOT CLAIMED at present.

Ann Alder, Vice Chairperson

FLEETWOOD – Saturday 17TH December 2016 

Good afternoon and welcome to the County Ground to all Swindon Town Supporters and those who have travelled from Fleetwood for todays’ game.

A lot seems to have been going on since my last programme notes. The Supporters Club sponsored the Charlton match. It gave the opportunity for ten of our members to experience the hospitality day out and it seems a good day was had by all, helped by winning the game!

Then the Academy Under 18’s met AFC Sudbury in the FA Youth Cup and came out 3 – 2 winners in extra time and booked QPR in the next round.

Unfortunately we had to cancel the AGM due to sickness and unforeseen circumstances. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will be rearranging a date for the AGM in the New Year.

Members Draw winner for November No 313 – Andrew Coulthard wins £25 Club shop vouchers

December No 77 – Barrie Cook wins £25 Club shop vouchers

The winners of the half-time draw for recent matches were :

WALSALL – 1st prize No. 61   J. Walsh from Swindon won £481 2nd prize No. 1000 T. Evans from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire won £55

CHARLTON – 1st prize No.729 S. Banyard from Swindon won £483   2nd prize No. 943 I. Gill from Swindon won £50

EASTLEIGH – 1st prize No.1163 D. Marshall from Swindon won £310 2nd prize No. 1213 C. Ricketts from Swindon

won £35

BRADFORD – 1ST prize No. 384 R, Moon from Faringdon  won £392  2nd prize No. 543 P. Tomes from Wroughton

won £40

Finally the Supporters Club Committee wish each and every Swindon Town Supporter a very Merry Christmas

and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.   Ann Alder, Vice Chair

ROCHDALE – 18th October 2016

The Vale & West Oxon supporters club held another dinner at The Fox at Denchworth last week. The event organised by Mavis Knight was a great success. Players Conor Thomas and Luke Norris and Youth  Team Coach Alan McLoughlin attended.

This is a great way to take Swindon Town out into the community. There are many areas such as Devizes, Marlborough, Chippenham, Stroud, Cirencester and others where there are Swindon Supporters who would like to meet up and have a social evening. It doesn’t have to be a meal. If you would like to start a group in your area and would like some help please contact us.

Jay Collet from Great Western Reds group recently attended one of our committee meetings. Jay and his group aim to get behind the team and do a great job in trying to create a memorable match day atmosphere both home and away. The Supporters club has made a donation to help with the cost of display material.

The winner of the October members draw is memberNo.285 – which is Mr George Vockins. The prize this month is a £25.00 club shop voucher.

Rachel Burt has resigned from the Committee, with immediate effect due to work and personal commitments. Rachel has been a great asset with arranging functions and would still like to be involved and help when she can. We wish her well and thank her for her time given to the Supporters Club committee.

We apologise for not doing the 50/50 half-time draw against Northampton which was due to not having any sellers available. We are constantly trying to recruit sellers, so if you are able to help out occasionally or regularly please contact one of the committee or email: enquiries@swindontownsupportersclub.com or ring our mobile 07500788467

The winners of the 50/50 draw for Bolton were 1st ticket number 393 (£463 won by K Edwards from Devizes) and 2nd ticket number 980 (£50 won by D. Carrington from Tetbury)

 Ann Alder, Vice chairperson

BOLTON – 8th October 2016

Today we welcome Management, players and supporters of our visitors from Bolton.

 SAS Travel is a valuable part of the Supporters Club and put any profit made from travel back into the Supporters Club, also directly to Swindon Town Football Club by sponsoring two players’ shirts every season. They have also contributed to the Fitness Watches for players’ and to various gallery pictures in Legends bar.

Having been involved running away travel for many years, I understand what a difficult job this can be. The number of hours which are put into organising coaches behind the scenes for supporters to travel to an away match can only be done by dedication to the job.

It starts during the summer months – when others have forgotten about football – by getting quotes from coach operators and selecting which to accept. Cost, reliability and safety also need to be considered. For a number of years now Barnes Coaches have been the chosen partner.

Prices for travellers are then worked out and those who travel to every game have the option of purchasing a season ticket..

Usually bookings are taken on a Tuesday and Thursday evening and before all home games. Messages can be left on the answerphone (01793536757) and Twitter is another point of contact. All details appear towards the back of this programme and on their website at www.sastravel.co.uk

I hope this gives an insight as to what is required to run a reliable and safe travel organisation such as SAS Travel which is run by Marc Walters and Sally Carter. They both have busy lives with families and full-time jobs.

We thank them very much for their continued support – and do remember that SAS Travel offers discounted travel to Supporters Club members.

 Ann Alder, Vice chairperson

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