5th April 2004
Park Hotel, Falkirk
Stephen Bird called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.
He introduced guest speaker Andy Nichol and requested the meetings
permission to allow Andy to speak first as he had other commitments.
1. Guest Speaker- Andy Nichol
Andy spoke enthusiastically about the post he has held for only
4 weeks and the Westfield Development.
* Phase One, the completion of the building plan is due to
be completed within the next two weeks, with the Mowlem contract
coming to a close
* Phase Two will be the fitting out and commissioning of the
building. This cannot be done until they are 100% sure of how
everything works in the building for safety purposes but will
be completed as soon as possible. The Clubs new offices are
more or less complete. The remaining areas will be utilised
by Health and Fitness Suite, 5-a-side changing facilities, Office
lets and hospitality for the club on match days and for the
community on other days. Discussions are underway with interested
* All decisions are being made against a backdrop of financial
viability to aspire to a stadium the club and community can
be proud of. Inside it is a quality building.
This is part of a deal with the TCCE and is therefore funded
from other sources. The situation is complicated but once it
is completed it will double the current capacity of the ground.
It is hoped this will form part of a successful bid with Sports
Scotland to build an indoor football school. Sports Scotland
have recently lost their offices and are looking to re-locate
but the decision on this is not currently imminent.
Various different options are currently actively being looked
at for this stand but no further details can be given at present
Landscaping at the Stadium is part of a £1m investment
in an Eco Park in the area, which also benefits from being part
of the Falkirk gateway project and should make it easier to
attract new investors to the area.
The following questions were posed from the floor: -
Q What is the timescale on completion?
A It is difficult to be exact at the moment.
The applications for Sports Scotland are due to be in by mid April
and the JVC are hoping for a positive decision on the TCCE within
the next few weeks
Q Where will the away support be housed for
A It could be within the main stand but the preference
is not to do this and other
options are currently being looked at.
Q Will we have a 10 000 capacity stadium by
the end of next year?
A No guarantees will be given but what has been
achieved so far is remarkable and it is their job to ensure if
it can be delivered it will be.
Q What is the current situation with regards
to the blast zone?
A It is still an issue. However people specialising
in are carrying out work in that area. Noises are positive that
agreement will be reached in the near future and it will not restrict
the development of the East Stand.
Q What are the security plans for the site?
A They are acutely aware of security issues and
these are currently under discussion with the Health and Safety
Executive. Security measures will be stringent as it is imperative
that property is kept in top condition to maximise income.
Q What arrangements have been made to ensure
fans facilities are in place for the start of the season?
A There are meetings currently underway with
caterers, potential bar franchises etc. They have to ensure everything
they do is financially viable and hope to satisfy most needs.
They can’t say everything will be right from day 1 as every
new building is different. Channels of communication will be kept
open at all times
Apologies were received from committee members John Dick and Jean
Toft, in addition to 27 members. Seven forms of proxy were registered.
2. Minutes of Last A.G.M.
Last years minutes were formally accepted as an accurate record.
Proposed Brian Guthrie, Seconded Murray McIntyre. Both have been
confirmed as attending last years A.G.M.
3. Secretarial Report
BairnsTrust now have a presence in the web at www.bairnstrust.co.uk
and will update this site regularly. All minutes and correspondence
will appear on the site. A newsletter is planned for members in
the future to keep members not on the web updated.
There has been interaction with other Trusts as well as a good
working relationship with Supporters Direct to share ideas to
benefit the trust members.
The Trust hopes to have a new registered address at the stadium
soon and will continue to make representation to the club.
4. Financial Report
Last years accounts have been audited and are ready to send off.
An excellent deal was struck with the auditor this year and it
was proposed that the same auditor be used next year, to which
the meeting was in agreement (proposed Fergus Caldwell, seconded
Stewart Wilson). There is a balance in the bank account of £2200
to meet ongoing obligations. The main outlays were the setting
up costs of £1600, half of which was reclaimed from Supporters
Currently there are 41393 shares held in Falkirk FC as a direct
result of the Trust and sharesave although membership had only
increased by around 4-5 members per month on average. Currently
six members have met the minimum share requirement to hold shares
in their own right and more are expected to do so over the next
Once the accounts have been signed off they will be published
on the BairnsTrust website.
The meeting decided that Treasurer Fergus Caldwell should carry
the proxy vote for BairnsTrust at the Falkirk FC A.G.M. later
in the month (proposed Alastair Ferrie, seconded Stewart Wilson).
5. Chairman’s Report
Stephen Bird as acting Chair explained that Michael’s new
position at the club had resulted in him taking over as acting
chairman. It was explained the meeting had been held as late as
possible as we had hoped it could have taken place in the new
On the SPL decision last year to deny Falkirk promotion, Stephen
advised support had been received from all around the globe and
representation had been made to the public petitions committee.
A review of the structure of Scottish football is underway and
it is hoped that Trusts will have representation.
BairnsTrust are working hard in many areas to raise the need for
reform both in the interests of our fans and in the running of
Scottish football in general and as such the following involvement
is on going: -
* Three members of the Trust are to work with the club regarding
the £25 season ticket letter and next seasons seating allocation
* Discussions are to be held with the FFC Board to improve communication
* Continued fundraising for funds – a new T-shirt and a
football video from the last season at Brockville should be available
* Investing funds raised in shares to ensure supporters have a
say in the way the club is run.
* Involvement with Supporters Direct and possible representation
in the review of Scottish football.
Stephen concluded by paying tribute to the amount of work and
assistance received from Stuart Adam in Trust matters.
6. Annual Membership
There were no counter proposals received and the meeting unanimously
agreed to adopt the resolution of a membership rate of £10.00
per annum with £5.00 concessionary rates. Proposed Stewart
Wilson, Seconded Murray McIntyre
7. BairnsTrust Representation
The meeting was read the names of those who had applied for election
to the BairnsTrust committee and it was confirmed there were no
The meeting was told that Bill Anderson was the sole nominee as
Fans Representative on the Board of Falkirk FC and it was confirmed
there were no objections. This now has to be ratified by the Board
of Falkirk FC.
Bill accepted the nomination commenting that he feels the supporters
have been ignored not only throughout Scottish football but also
more significantly in the past at our club. He promises to put
the fans voice forward.
George Craig will continue to serve on the Board as a Board member
in his own right and the meeting paid tribute to the phenomenal
amount of work done by George on the board over the past few years.
8. Open Forum
Recently appointed Head of Supporters Services, Euan McIntyre,
was present at the meeting and gave a brief resume of his position.
He will have day-to-day operational responsibility for liaison
with supporters through the media, BairnsTrust, website and other
supporters organisations. He will work on management of the Supporters
Charter being developed at present, developing a supporter’s
database, fans newsletters and eradicating rumours.
9. Question and Answer
A short question and answer session followed: -
Q What do BairnsTrust believe to
be the timescale for future building work?
A Stephen feels that the second
and third stands will be started over the course of the summer
and has no doubts the stands will be there.
George Craig confirmed that the club are making daily representation
to the JVC and appreciates there has to be rolling construction.
Q What is the date of the expiry
for the £25 preferential season ticket offer?
A It was confirmed it closed on
Q Will the £25 reserve a
season ticket offer now be opened to others?
A Michael advised it would, as higher
indication of season ticket sales will allow them to provide monies
to fund next seasons team building budget.
Q. Will there be a provision for
season tickets within unreserved seating areas?
A. Michael confirmed the club were
open to constructive suggestions and would discuss this with the
three representatives from BairnsTrust
Q. Is there a ceiling figure on
A. Michael stated that the club
is looking to have a wage structure that was pretty rigid on basic
salary with more money available on bonuses, shut outs etc.
10. Date of Future Meetings
With no further questions the meeting was brought to a close with
confirmation that BairnsTrust meetings would continue to be held
on the third Monday of every month. The venue will continue as
Elliots, Graeme Road, Falkirk until we can have access to the
new stadium. As always all are welcome.
Stephen formally thanked everyone for attending and drew the meeting
to a close inviting those present to view a copy of the new Brockville
Memories video due out soon.