Matchday draw result for Port Vale. 1st - ticket #456, 2nd - ticket #50.
JOINT STATEMENT FROM TRUSTSTFC AND OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS CLUB ON RECENT EVENTS AT STEVENAGE
Sept 6th 2021 – Press Release Starts
The behaviour of a minority of Swindon Town FC fans at Stevenage on Saturday has been widely and rightly condemned as unacceptable. Although the vast majority of 1000+ Swindon fans behaved impeccably, the reputation of the club and its fanbase has been tarnished following the mindless actions that we saw taking place.
Both parties in this joint press release are aware of the reported issues where late in the second half, seats, sponsors hoardings and other items were removed and thrown towards the pitch and at stewards, after an alleged altercation between stewards and a small section of Swindon fans in the away end of the ground.
We are aware of claims that stewards did not act appropriately on the day and that is being followed up between both clubs, but regardless of any alleged unprofessionalism there really is no excuse for the behaviour of a minority of STFC fans and the associated damage caused.
For our club to succeed, everyone in the town needs to work together, as we’ve recently seen – both with volunteers working to help get the stadium ready and pack & ship shirt orders; and with local businesses coming on board to support the new owner and wider regime. However, the club risks now being fined and our Chairman, CEO and the wider fanbase have been extremely embarrassed.
Swindon Town FC will now have to pay for all costs to rectify such damage, and to echo the statement made by Clem Morfuni and Rob Angus, we hope that Stevenage fans, directors and officials accept our sincere apology for such unacceptable behaviour, as this is certainly not how we as a club wish to be known.
Our two groups are now calling on the STFC fanbase to once again rise up and show both Stevenage FC and the wider EFL community what it means to be a community club, and what it means to be a Swindon Town fan.
One suggestion has been that a GoFundMe account is created with the aim of covering the damages and potential EFL fines. We will discuss this idea with the club tomorrow.
James Spencer board member at TrustSTFC commented “We at TrustSTFC do not condone such behaviour witnessed at the Stevenage game, whatever caused this it is completely unacceptable for fans to behave and respond in this way by causing such damage, and we will support the club and Stevenage FC in whatever way we can to drive this sort of behaviour out of football. We would like Stevenage to know Swindon are a family club and behaviour such as this is wholly unacceptable, and we apologise to Stevenage FC for such scenes”
Swindon Town Supporters’ Trust and Official Supporters Club
Press Release Ends
SWINDON Town Official Supporters Club raised over £1,000 to split between the Prospect Hospice and Head for Change courtesy of the inaugural Alan McLoughlin Memorial Walking Football Tournament on Sunday the 22 August 2021.
The six-a-side tournament - won by The Dagger - featured eight teams, with BBC commentator Vic Morgan bringing his teammates from Exminster St Davids AFC to the event and Sky Sports’ Chris Hull leading the Clem on Tour team, featuring Town chairman Clem Morfuni and CEO Rob Angus.
Each team played three 12-minute games in hte group stages, with the top two teams from each pool progressing to the cup competition and the third and fourth placed teams playing in the plate competition.
Without conceding a goal, The Dagger breezed through to the semi-finals of the cup competition, alongside SFB FC, Clem on Tour, and FFIT Team of 21. Progressing in the plate competition were Monday Nightmares, Walking Wounded, Old Town Rotary, and Exminster St Davids AFC.
As The Dagger continued their unbeaten run to reach the final with a 1-0 win over SFB FC, the game between Clem on Tour and FFIT Team of 21 finished 0-0.
A three-player penalty shootout resulted in FFIT booking their place in the final with a 2-0 win and some impressive saves from the FFIT goalkeeper.
In the plate competition, the Old Town Rotary team forfeited their game through injury - giving Exminster St Davids AFC a bye to the final. Meanwhile, the Monday Nightmares drew with the Walking Wounded 1-1. A second penalty shootout, finishing 2-1, saw former Swindon Town goalkeeper Phil Smith take his place in goal, making a diving save to his right to take his team through to the final.
Following two excellent finals, The Dagger were crowned champions with a 2-0 win over FFIT and ended the tournament unbeaten, without conceding a goal.
In the plate competition, the Monday Nightmares took victory with a 2-1 win over Exminster St Davids AFC.
Debbie McLoughlin (wife of the late Alan McLoughlin) was in attendance to present both teams with their prizes, alongside chair of the Official Supporters Club, Peter Norris.
Mr Norris said: “It was a very enjoyable event and a very fitting way to pay tribute to Alan McLoughlin, whilst raising money for two excellent charities.
“Thank you to everyone who participated and the volunteers who made today possible. A huge thanks must go to the STFC Community Foundation for allowing us to use their facilities for the day and also to Clem and Rob for coming down to play alongside the fans.”
£141.73 was raised from the collection bucket on the day.
The first shirt and ball auction raised £265.
The second shirt and ball auction raised £205, along with the entry fee, £1011.73 has been raised so far.
Please do get in touch – email@example.com.
- STFC OSC Committee
Do we have to have go digital or are physical cards available?
We are currently working through this. Some cards will be sent out imminently and the remaining cards will be sent out within the next few weeks, if required due to personal circumstances (e.g. not comfortable with technology; only one iPad in the family)
If we want to collect our physical cards, when will these be ready?
This will be communicated via the club’s website. We’re hoping they will be ready between the 18th and 27th August tickets
What is the phone number to use to purchase Season Tickets?
0330 002 1993
When will finance option be available for season ticket purchases?
We are waiting for confirmation from the company. We are hopeful for beginning of next week, if not earlier.
Can I get a car parking season ticket?
Matchday parking will be made available on a first-come first-serve basis. Pre-booked disabled (Blue-Badge) spaces are available to pre-book at £75/season
Are there any discussions ongoing regarding family season ticket renewals as the prices are the same for new/renewing families? Unlike the individual ticket purchases where discounts have been applied
Due to the renewal adult prices being reduced already, there is already a discount incorporated into the family season ticket.
Is the Town End side of the Arkells stand, which was closed by the previous regime, going to open this season? If yes, can season tickets be bought there?
If we get the demand, then all areas of the ground will be opened up.
Can I post a cheque to renew season ticket?
Yes, you can – Address to: FAO Ticket Office, County Ground, County Road, Swindon, SN1 2ED
How many season tickets/shirts have we sold now?
Daily updates are provided across the club channels for both tickets and shirts
Will you reward the ones who donate their season ticket money to the club?
We are currently working through a ‘thank-you’ to those supporters who left last year’s season ticket money in the club. We are also planning to have a staff appreciation day.
What will be happening with iFollow streaming for matches in 21/22 season?
iFollow rules are decided by the EFL and due to streaming legalities, it will only be available to viewers outside of the UK
What will be happening with matchday programmes for the 21/22 season?
The club are working on digital programs, but due to feedback we are looking at the dual approach of digital programs along with a limited number of hard copies available. If the demand is more then we will increase the availability
Does the club plan to have more of a connection with the football in the community team at Foundation Park?
We are working closely with Jon, Shane and the team and are busy putting a plan in place for the future.
Has there been any talk about extra revenue generating ideas at the County Ground other than football?
We are keen to drive up usage of venue hire for events. The Legends Lounge has new flooring and new carpet, and further investment will be made to match demand, if the demand is shown
Is Clem aware of the supporter’s groups and opinions shared on social media, as the last regime didn't care about social media views?
We are all fully aware of the various views across all platforms and are happy to engage
Surely settling the £1million loan is the key to signing players. Why is this not happening?
Clem and the team inherited club in significant debt and are still uncovering the extent of these issues. The loan received from EFL is interest free and it is important to be prudent at the minute. This situation is continually evolving.
Will there be a roll call before kick-off against Carlisle for our supporters who have sadly passed away?
Yes, there is. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any names to be added. Additionally, there will be several presentations before kick-off. We would encourage supporters to be in their seats for 2.30pm to ensure you are there in time to see everything
Will you be doing the "My First Game" initiative this season?
There are discussions being held about this internally.
Is there any money available to keep the pitch in prime condition for the season?
There is a budget in place for the ground staff to keep the pitch at a high standard
Can we have a handrail in first block of Arkells stand for disabled to get to seats
Yes, this will happen, please let us know where this needs to be done
Can we have a football testimonial for Alan Mac and his family?
Yes, this is a possibility. There are plans in place that will also pay tribute to Macca and his family in the near future
Are the Trust going to sell shares to help buy the County Ground along with the club for supporters to own a piece of the ground as mentioned in the past?
Response provided by Trust STFC: Yes, the plan is still for shares to be sold at £19.69 each. The details of the ground purchase are still being finalised, due to the change of ownership.
Match Day Tickets
Do we know how much match day tickets are?
Prices are now available to view online, on the club website
Will Nationwide be offering £10 tickets for staff, for the new season?
Positive discussions are ongoing with Nationwide, we are hoping to confirm the position shortly after further communication. Please contact Nationwide for further information
Will there be any kind of loyalty points system introduced like previous years to allocate away tickets?
This hasn’t changed and will continue as before. Further communication about this will be posted in the near future, as it is dependent on the away clubs’ ticketing policy
Pre-paid Shirt Orders
When will we receive pre-ordered shirts?
Orders are currently being packed up and sent out, with plenty of shirts dispatched earlier this week, so if you haven’t received it already, it should be with you shortly
What are the club shop’s opening hours?
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10am – 4pm (extended on a match day)
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 10am – 4pm
Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday (home match day) – 9am – 3pm
Saturday (away match day) – Closed
Sunday / Bank Holiday - Closed
Could we have an improved range of women's clothing?
Discussions are ongoing and a customer survey will be conducted in the near future to help with forward planning
Could kits be stocked in smaller sizes? (e.g. newborn away kits)
Discussions are ongoing and a customer survey will be conducted in the near future to help with forward planning
Has there been any new and returning sponsors to the club?
The majority of existing sponsors have renewed with some additional new ones coming on board as well. More information can be viewed on the club’s website
What is happening to those of us who bought matchday sponsorship hospitality couldn't use it but weren't/haven't been refunded?
In recent interviews, Rob has discussed the historic financial issues the team has inherited, the willingness to waiver refunds and credits is a fantastic help to deal with those historic issues and to ensure we have a football club. Feel free to contact the club or Rob who will be happy to talk this through.
When will mascot packages be available?
These have now been advertised online and on social media. There will be some changes from previous seasons due to COVID protocols issued by the EFL meaning the tunnel area, changing rooms etc. are out of bounds, but please contact email@example.com for more details
Following on from the huge volume of questions received on our Monday Night Panel on the 2nd August with CEO, Rob Angus, the club have kindly provided responses to all questions that were unable to be answered on the night.
The questions have been grouped as much as possible to make it easier to scan through, but if there’s anything we’ve missed, please do get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org.
- STFC OSC Committee
Some of our members have been at SN1 helping pack and ship your shirt orders.
Working from 9am until 7pm to get them to you ASAP!
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.
Yesterday along with Trust STFC we handed over a cheque from your kind donations for the refurbishment of former STFC captain James Munro's gravestone.
We've reached our £1500 target which will enable the restoration works to go ahead! "We are the red and white army!"
We've done it!
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.
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To keep you entertained during these strange times, both Anna T and Vic Morgan have written articles for us. You can find them in our new Articles section.
If this has inspired you to write something, send it into us at email@example.com and you may end up being our latest contributor!
For our final home game of the season, against Barrow FC, we had purchased all eleven mascot packages and gave fans over the age of 60 the opportunity to apply to be one of our lucky eleven!
All 11 mascots were chosen, notified, and their bios & photos were with the club, for publication in the final programme of the season. We were all really excited to see them both in hospitality and on the pitch before the final game.
This has been re-scheduled from two seasons ago, we realize that we could not cater for everyone nominated, but we do plan to run this event again, next season.