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Supporters Trust Milestones

Date

Main Achievements

November 2005

Official launch night featuring a parade of legends. Event compered by Jonathan Pearce and Angus Scott Attended by over 600 supporters.

February 2006

Hosted Q&A with Club Chairman Steve Lansdown in the Dolman Exhibition Hall. Attended by over 1,000 supporters. Details


Took on responsibility for running, funding and moderating the fans’ Internet forum at www.otib.co.uk, which has over 4,000 registered users. Link: Details


Sponsored home match against Brentford

April 2006

Held Wine & Cheesley event in the company of Trust Honorary President Paul Cheesley. Attended by 80 supporters.
Link: Event report

May 2006

Club accepts the Trust’s Fans Representation proposals, which include a commitment to participate in an “Ask The Chairman” forum. (The Trust hosted the first such forum in Oct. 2006.) Link: News


Held AGM event to elect a full Trust board in accordance with the Trust’s Constitution. Ten nominations received for the ten different positions, and all standing were duly elected. Link: Details


Held first Poker Night. Event proved popular and was repeated in various locations throughout June, July and August. Link: Details

June 2006

Secured (non-voting) seat at BCFC board meetings, a vital breakthrough in terms of fans’ representation. (The Club also invites a representative of the Supporters Club to attend meetings.)

August 2006

Purchased 2,500 shares in Bristol City Holdings Limited for £5,000. Investment was used to facilitate improvements at the Club’s Abbots Leigh Training Ground.


6,500, 32-page, full colour newsletters distributed before 1st game of the season

September 2006

Conducted survey of all Trust members, canvassing opinion about the match-day experience among other issues.
Survey results

October 2006

Held Sportsman’s Dinner at Cadbury House, Congresbury. Norman Hunter, Gary Johnson and comedian Mark Watson were our guest speakers. Steve Lansdown joined the guests on the top table. Event is attended by 160 supporters. Report

November 2006

330 members recruited so far. Target at the start of the year was 440. 75% of the target has therefore been achieved with 25% of the year to go before the AGM.

December 2006

Held first “Ask the Chairman” away from home at Rotherham for exiles. 25 supporters attended. Report

January 2007

Hosted second Wine & Cheesely event in aid of Bristol City Women’s Football Club. 40 people attended. Details.


Organised “Red & White” night for derby game against Bristol Rovers. Introduced the now infamous Basso “Always believe” foam hands. Also, 'Jet balloons' used for first time at a football match in England.
Link: We've got to get rid of the gas


Challenged the football club over the distribution of tickets for Middlesbrough FA Cup tie and made recommendations for improvement. Trust statement.

February 2007

Hosted a dinner to commemorate the historic actions 25 years earlier of the Ashton Gate Eight. 275 supporters attended. Link: Report


Produced “82 – The Year Bristol City Nearly Died” 40 full-colour A4 page limited edition booklet to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Ashton Gate Eight.
Link: AG8 brought to book

March 2007

Instrumental in the re-opening of the East End against Brentford after bringing together campaigning activists and the Football Club. Link: The East End is open


Launched campaign to save the Wedlock’s pub. Campaign details.

May 2007

Football club approve Trust policy and procedures to run under 16 travel service to away games.  Details here.


Collaborated with the Football Club and Supporters Club to host the Player of the Year Awards with first ever "Fan of the Year" award.  Event details and fan award.

August 2007

5000, 36-page, full colour newsletters distributed before opening game of the season and during annual club open day
Get your copy here

October 2007

Hosted informal Q&A with the chairman
Link: Report

November 2007

Bristol City Holdings Ltd AGM
Called upon by Chairman to organise fans consultation process for proposed new stadium.  We reported for the fans and welcomed the invitation.

January 2008

Organised “Ask the Chairman” at St George’s Tavern, Victoria before Crystal Palace match. 80 supporters attended
Link: Report

April 2008

Ran first “taster” surveys to assess fans opinions on new stadium, using fliers and inbound text messaging. Link: Report

May 2008

Collaborated with the Football Club and Supporters Club to host the Player of the Year Awards. Link: Report

 

Successfully lobbied for remaining Wembley play-off tickets to reach genuine City fans via direct sales. Link: Report

 

2,800 fans complete first major survey, with 94% saying they are in favour of the new stadium. Link: Report

July 2008

Shaped the new membership scheme launched by the club, encouraging it to become loyalty focussed. Link: Report

August 2008

4000, 24-page, full colour newsletters distributed before QPR game
Read it here

September 2008

Hosted a forum with Evening Post Sports Editor to tackle the issue of balanced and fair reporting. Link: Report

October 2008

Launched an appeal to “Raise a Statue to Atyeo” by 2011 in return for shares in Bristol City Holdings Ltd. Link: Report

February 2009

Organised “Ask the Chairman” at The Horse & Dray before the Norwich match. 25 supporters attended. Link: Report

April 2009

Launch of “City ‘til I Die” book of fans memories in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust, Legends Publishing, Supporters Direct and the Football Club
Link: Review

 

Findings and recommendations published from the 2nd new stadium survey completed by 1,829 fans. Link: Report

 

Collaborated with Manchester United Independent Supporters Trust to replay the 1909 FA Cup Final at Crystal Palace. www.1909replayed.org

 July 2009

Published architect’s report for the new stadium, formally bringing to a close the consultation process

August 2009 

Distributed 500 balloons during the Club’s annual Open Day promoting the Trust and the “Back Bristol” World Cup bid”

 

Launched www.supportcity.net, petitions, email campaigns and other initiatives to back planning applications for the new stadium

September 2009 

Appealed to South Wales Police for the end of “Bubble Matches” when travelling to games at Cardiff and Swansea

 

Organised “Ask the Chairman” at the Brunswick Inn before the Derby game

 

Successfully launched a text service to vote for the Man of the Match at home games, raising money for the Atyeo statue

 October 2009

Unveiled plaque commemorating the Ashton Gate 8

 November 2009

Two Trust Board members speak at Bristol City Council's planning committee in support of the proposed new stadium.

 

Launched website to support statue fund by selling online Christmas gifts

December 2009

Chaired a meeting to tackle the ongoing issue of “Bubble” matches between Bristol City and Swansea City. Attended by senior representatives from South Wales Police, Avon & Somerset Police, Swansea City FC, Bristol City FC and the Swans Trust. Travel restrictions relaxed for upcoming visit of Swansea City to Ashton Gate.

Launched offer to donors to the statue fund a unique opportunity to have their name indelibly recorded on the Atyeo statue plinth for eternity.

January 2010

Launched “OTIB Supporter”, a premium access to the online fans forum and “OTIB toolbar” to help fund the site.

 

Distributed 600 City ‘til I Die books to local schools in conjunction with Bristol City Community Team.

April 2010

Launched text service enabling fans to vote for City’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

May 2010

Hosted first ever online chat session with Steve Lansdown for “OTIB Supporters” to ask questions.

 

Launched online World Cup 2010 prediction game to engage supporters and raise funds for the statue.

July 2010

A diverse group of 20+ fans representing all stands around Ashton Gate met with Football Club officials in the pub to discuss ongoing fans' initiatives and making best use of the East End.

Following the decision by the Development Control (South & East) Committee of Bristol City Council to reject Sainsbury’s application for a relocated supermarket on the Ashton Gate site and the subsequent outcry, the Trust decided to organise a petition and a march.

December 2010

Christian Roberts attends Q&A session in the Supporters Club bar to promote his book and talk about his time at Bristol City

March 2011

Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust throws its weight behind a national campaign in support of safe standing.

The 'Spirit of '76 Red Tie Ball' to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of City's promotion to the old First Division

June 2011

30,000-strong petition for a new football stadium was hand delivered to the Bristol Council House

Special General Meeting to Vote on the Merger of Bristol City Football Supporters Club and Bristol City Supporters Trust

September 2011

The Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust Inaugural Hall of Fame event including the quiz “A Question of Bristol City”

February 2012

Free prize draw for members for under-16’s to have a ground tour with Scott Murray and meet current first team members for signatures

Marked the actions of the Ashton Gate Eight on Friday February 3rd 2012 recognising the 30th anniversary of a defining moment in the history of Bristol City Football Club.

March 2012

Launched a design competition and fundraising campaign to acquire surfer flags for use at Ashton Gate and beyond. 

July 2012

AGM held to finalise the merger with the Supporters Club and to agree financial accounts for preceding years


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