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We then hosted our usual End-of-season Awards virtually, with Eoin Doyle and Anthony Grant scooping two awards each. At this event we were happy to be joined by representatives of SAS Travel, the STFC Disables Supporters Club and the Swindon Advertiser, who all presented their awards too.
Following on from the latest ownership developments, and numerous requests for us to do so, we want to make the OSC position clear.
Our Constitution states our mission is “to provide both direct and indirect benefits to members and the football club’s wider fan base, making supporting STFC as enjoyable as possible”. It also states our vision is “a positive and engaging atmosphere for all STFC supporters, resulting in an increasingly engaged fan base and a positive match-day atmosphere”.
The current ownership situation, coupled with little to no communication around both refunds for last year’s season tickets and the situation around those for the upcoming season, is extremely unsettling and makes our mission and vision impossible to achieve.
As a result, we encourage the current ownership to start engaging with the fanbase immediately or to quickly step aside for a new owner, to give the club the best chance for a successful season. Whoever that owner is, we will fully support them as long as they are respectful to the fans and operate transparently.
As long as the current situation continues however, we cannot in good conscience provide the usual financial contributions to the club through channels such as player sponsorships.
For clarity, we are open to working directly with suppliers to fund initiatives that directly benefit the fans, such as ground improvements.
We are ready to review this decision as soon as the situation improves. We realise that not everyone will agree with this decision, but we feel things have gone too far for us to continue as we are. That we are even in a place, whereby we are having to make this decision, is regrettable.
For the visit of Blackpool we put up fans’ flags on the Stratton Bank, to show the players our support while we can’t be in the ground. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered from the OSC, GWReds and Trust STFC to help with this!
Steve, Hannah, Reevesy and Peter were hanging flags on a VERY sunny Friday, before the visit of Blackpool.
If anyone has a flag that they’d like us to hang out for the next home game that we are allowed in the ground, please get in touch!
Ahead of the festive period, we’ve teamed up with STFC Community Foundation to provide
Christmas parcels to 100 vulnerable fans. A group of volunteers from both the Foundation
and OSC have lined up to make deliveries in Swindon on Tuesday 22nd December.
We originally tried to send out traditional Christmas dinners, but this proved impossible,
so instead they have got a package of Christmas treats and some goodies that we are sure will
bring a little relief to these testing times.
On the same evening the Foundation will be running a Q&A with management and staff
from STFC, and they’ll have a short, fun pub quiz to test out the fans on all things STFC,
once again using the Zoom annual subscription that the OSC purchased for the
At our recent AGM we confirmed two committee members that had joined us during the last year (Steve Richmond and Tim Keen); re-confirmed the reelection of Mark Thatcher as a committee member and accepted the resignation of Sally Carter.
Marc Walters confirmed he did not want to stand for reelection.
The TrustSTFC and Official Supporters Club (OSC) recently learnt of the magnificent achievement of Club Safety Officer/Steward Douglas Coombs in that he has clocked up an impressive 56 years’ service to the football club as initially a steward starting in 1964, and having retired recently as a club safety manager in Nov 2020. One of the significant achievements that Doug achieved in the mid 80s was that of setting up and running the match day control room as well as many other initiatives over this period. Doug over the years was also responsible for looking after the VIP guests visiting the ground and has met famous faces such as George Best to name just one.
Both supporter groups were extremely disappointed to learn that there was no formal club recognition of Doug’s huge efforts and dedication to the club over these years and have therefore decided to honour Doug and thank him for all his hard work by presenting him with both a Town Hero trophy/award and Paolo Di Canio picture, as this was his favourite Swindon manager over the period he was involved with the club. Shown in the attached picture is Doug receiving his award and picture from James Spencer and Hannah Cinch at the County Ground.
On receiving the award Doug commented: “I am absolutely delighted with the award and picture for which I greatly appreciate the support of the TrustSTFC and Official Supporters Club in taking the time to recognize my efforts, all I wanted was a thank you from the club but unfortunately that wasn’t forthcoming”.
Both supporter groups would like to go on record and thank Doug for all his dedication and hard work over those 56 years, and wish him and his family a very happy Christmas and new year.
James Spencer (TrustSTFC Board Member), Hannah Clinch (Official Supporters Club and TrustSTFC board member)
We are pleased to announce that we will be naming our ‘Player of the Season Award’, the ‘Roger Bunce Player of the Season Award’ in recognition of the work that Roger did in building up the OSC over many years. Roger joined the committee in 1997 and was the Chairperson of the Supporter's Club for 15 years and is now our Lifetime President.
Roger was born in Oxford and started attending games when he was a youngster, travelling in on the coach with his family. The coach picked up from the surrounding villages of Oxford making its way to the County Ground.
A few of his favourite players during his time watching Swindon Town have been Don Rogers (top of the favourites list), Peter Eastoe, Alan Mayes and Jan Age Fjortoft.
Off the pitch, Roger was the first recipient of the Trust Hero Award in 2017.
When we spoke to Roger to ask his permission to name the award after him, he said he was thrilled. Unfortunately, Roger has not been in the best health, but said that this had really perked him up.
All of our members will have an opportunity to vote for their Player of the Season in the coming weeks, so please look out for your voting slips!
This summer, we're proud to be running The Alan McLoughlin Memorial Walking Football Tournament with @STFCfoundation, raising funds and awareness for Prospect Hospice and Head4Change.
Head4Change is a brand-new charity, creating a safe space for our sporting heroes, past, present and future.
They are pioneering positive change for brain health in sport.
One of the founders is the daughter of former #STFC defender Billy Tucker.
Prospect Hospice provide personalized, compassionate end-of-life care to people who need it in Swindon and north-east Wiltshire.
They provided care for #STFC legend Alan McLoughlin, who we are running this tournament in memory of.
Over 40s walking football on Sunday the 22nd August, gather your team and sign up.
Check out this great video As you may be aware, these videos film matchday action from a different perspective, https://bit.ly/35OYVnz, and really give a different insight into the games and goals a different perspective to the game. These videos have been filmed by students at Solent University for no charge; however, we have just agreed to sponsor these videos because we don’t want them to stop and were happy to help them out to at least cover their travelling expenses.
Please find below a joint letter from TrustSTFC and the Swindon Town Official Supporters Club which today we have sent directly to the FA and EFL relevant teams relating to the breaches and associated charges brought on the club and the individuals concerned. In this letter which has been kindly supported and endorsed by local MPs Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson we ask the FA and EFL to please ensure any charges are specifically brought on the individuals if they are found guilty and not that of the Football Club. We will keep fans up to date on any response we receive.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Re. Breaches of The FA’s Regulations on Working with Intermediaries in respect to Swindon Town FC, Mr Lee Power, First Touch Pro Management and Michael Standing
My name is James Spencer, and I am one of 12 board members at the Swindon Town Supporters Trust.
We at the Supporters Trust have joined forced with the STFC Official Supporters Club, and are writing to the Football Association in response to the charges brought against Swindon Town FC, Mr Lee Power, First Touch Pro Management and Mr Michael Standing on 7th April 2021.
As I’m sure you can appreciate, we are all deeply concerned by these charges and are worried about the future of our club. It is our view that should you decide the relevant parties are guilty of these charges, any subsequent punishment is to those named individuals responsible (Mr Lee Power and Mr Michael Standing), and not to the football club itself which would impact its supporters, players and the local community.
As you will be aware Swindon Town FC and its supporters, community and the people of Swindon have previously suffered greatly from the punishments issued relating to breaches or illegal actions by previous owners. This has consistently seen fans and the local community suffer immensely with punishments (including demotion from the Premier League/old first division), where the fans were ultimately the impacted parties, going from a huge high to a massive low through no fault of their own. We strongly believe in this instance that fans should not, yet again, be the parties punished, and we would therefore strongly urge you to focus any punishment on the owners/individuals, should they be found guilty.
In making our request above to the FA we have had support and endorsements from local Swindon MPs Mr Robert Buckland who is also the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in the current Conservative government, and MP Mr Justin Tomlinson who is also currently Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work.
We sent through this summary to the club on 1st March, 2021. As of 31st May 2021, we have not yet had a formal response from them, despite requesting this on a number of occasions.