Bairnstrust Committee Meeting
22nd July 2003
Elliots, Graeme Road, Falkirk
Michael White called the meeting to order and welcomed members
who had come to observe.
1. Apologies for Absence
Apologies were noted from Fergus Caldwell
Two logos were presented to the meeting, one by Michael the other
by Brian. A vote was conducted and it was agreed to go with Michael’s
submission by a margin of 7-2.
Brian advised that a formal approach has been made to Stuart Adam
with regards to the web space and that he was in discussion with
Paul with regards to lunching the website. Michael is to update
the documentation for the website.
4. Board Meeting 21st July 2003
The main issue from this meeting was the fiasco at Stenhousemuir
for the Stirlingshire Cup match against Dumbarton. The meeting
was advised that the Board knew on the Friday afternoon that there
would be no safety certificate but an error of judgement was made
by Falkirk FC staff who assumed the crowd would be around the
200 mark. The club accepts full responsibility and is aware of
the damage in their relationships with the fans.
The club is issuing apologies via The Falkirk Herald, Dumbarton
FC and The Lennox Gazette. Non season ticket holders will be allowed
into the Wigan friendly free of charge and season tickets will
be valid for the first home cup game Falkirk have irrespective
of the competition.
The consensus of the Trust meeting was that a letter of protest
over the Dumbarton game should still be sent to the Board by BairnsTrust
and should also raise questions regarding administration at the
In response to discussion from the floor, Michael advised season
ticket sales were up on last season, a safety certificate should
be issued for the terrace today and the temporary stand was being
erected tomorrow. Season tickets will be issued within the next
two weeks. On match days, Falkirk FC has access to Ochilview from
5. Letter to Members
A letter is required to go out to members at the earliest opportunity
detailing refinements to the Trust. Michael will draft and is
obtaining stationery with the new logo to enable correspondence
to be issued.
6. Article for Falkirk Herald
To raise the profile of BairnsTrust Brian will do a different
approach on the letter for the Falkirk Herald.
7. ReLaunch of BairnsTrust
At present there is no obvious place at Ochilview to have access
to BairnsTrust. Michael is to look at the possibility of a tent
inside the terrace area.
Once stationary is received a letter will be done to the Falkirk
8. Supporters Direct
Bill Anderson attended the Supporters Direct conference in London
on our behalf. Although representatives of Dundee Utd and Celtic
were elected to the main board of Supporters Direct, Bill put
forward three ideas as a result of this meeting: -
1 ) Appoint a high profile person as an honorary member. It was
suggested this could be a top local businessman, perhaps a member
of the 1957 Cup winning team or a high profile former player.
Michael is to investigate.
2 ) It was suggested that an MSP be asked to sponsor a lunch in
the Scottish Parliament. It was not felt this idea was particularly
3 ) Corporate Membership for shops and businesses. Bill Anderson
is to look at this
Three copies of Supporters Direct Handbook have been received
and it was agreed these would be held by the Chairperson, the
Treasurer and the Secretary.
1 ) Brian advised that so far the FFCUK T-shirts had taken in
£2500 in return for the outlay of £1600. Obviously
the X-Man T-shirts are now under review following Lee Millers
2 ) Jamie McQuilken and Mark Kerr are being approached via their
new clubs to do their interview for the video. The notional target
is to get together 1st September for editing.
9. Date and Time of Next Meeting
The next meeting is scheduled for 18th August 2003 at 7.30pm in
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