26th February Boardroom Report
By Murray McIntyre
This was given by George Craig as the manager did not attend the meeting. He had a previous meeting with the Chairman and the Managing Director as he thought that this would prove to be a more productive procedure. The M.D. announced that there were 14 players who remain in contract at the end of the season and offers were being made to a further 7.1 would like to keep these confidential until the manager has had a chance to talk to these players, obviously there will be a movement of players in and out. Injuries were clearing up and moral in the camp remained high. The manager wants them to relax more and not let tension creep into their game.
There was a long and detailed discussion on the finance side of the club and again I must keep most of this confidential as you will expect, but as the matter of the £80,000 "loan" is general knowledge and been published in the press, I can report on this. This so called loan is money that is due to the club from the SPL, in fact there is still another £20,000 still to come to the club, and we took this money early as a precaution as this is a quiet period for cash to come into the club. This money is available to all clubs in the SPL. There was further discussion of finances coming into the club but again this was personal and must be kept confidential. I can report to the Trust that although things are tight we are in no worse position than a few clubs and maybe even better than some in the league.
Sales and Marketing
David White gave this report. Budgets have been prepared for next season, for the SPL and, we hope will not be implemented, the drop into the 1st. Division. Season ticket prices were discussed and the club realises that next season, no matter what league we are in, money will be tight for our supporters, there fore prices will not be higher than they are at present. David was also delighted to announce that only on the day of the meeting the Sales team had secured a new sponsor for the North Stand, this being Street Lighting Services. He announced the re-launching of the Bairns Bonanza lottery with a weekly prize of £100 and a jackpot prize of £1,000. It is proposed to sell season tickets for the South Stand but these will be capped at 1000 leaving 800 for walk-up fans. On a fist come first served basis the first 500 season tickets will be sold for a price which will again take into consideration the credit crunch and which league we will be in next year.
The demerger talks were still going on a pace and the Board saw no hitches in the procedure.
David white has taken up the role of club secretary dealing with the SFA/SPL/SFL on daily basis regarding fixtures, suspensions, loan applications etc., also Sandy Alexander, who has no ambition to be on the Board himself, has appointed Paul Kenny to be his representative and will attend Board meetings in his interest.
The Fans Forum question was raised and the full board insists that if a date can be arranged for when the manager is available, he must attend.
Date of Next Meeting: ......... To be decided
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