Bairnstrust Committee Meeting
20th January 2004
Elliots, Graeme Road, Falkirk
Stephen Bird called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.
1. Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Tom Jamieson.
2. Minutes of Last Meeting
Last months minutes were formally accepted as an accurate record.
Proposed Brian Guthrie, Seconded Murray McIntyre.
3. Matters Arising
* Letters have been written to the Scottish Parliament and DVLA
regarding the issue of number plates and replies are awaited.
* Campbell Christie’s confirmation that the lack of cover
at Ochilview was due to Stenhousemuir was read to the meeting.
In addition Michael advised that they had researched the possibility
of grants but this had been fruitless
* Brian advised the cheapest quotes received for plastic capes
were £170 per 1000 in white or £190 per thousand printed.
The meeting agreed time and cost make these look prohibitive but
Brian will investigate the possibility of sponsorship over the
next few days.
4. Financial Report
Fergus advised the current balance in the bank account is in the
region of £3500. Letters will be going out to those on share
save who have reached the minimum share holding limit and Fergus
will arrange any relevant certificates with David Webster. Giftaid
is still currently being investigated.
5. BairnsTrust Activity Plan
Copies of the draft plan drawn up by Stuart Adam were passed to
those present. In view of the amount of information involved and
time constraints it was agreed to discuss this fully at the next
6. Annual General Meeting
* Michael advised that Falkirk FC’s A.G.M. is scheduled
for 22nd March 2004. The meeting was advised that there was no
documentation to state how many representatives BairnsTrust would
be entitled to at the meeting. After discussion, one proposal
was made, this being that we request 6 representatives be allowed
to attend (proposed Murray McIntyre, seconded Steve Adam). Kirstie
is to write to Falkirk FC requesting this n view of our shareholding.
* It is still proposed to hold the BairnsTrust A.G.M. in the new
stadium at the end of March. It was agreed to schedule an additional
meeting on Tuesday 9th February 2004 to discuss in full.
Brian advised that they had received access to the required footage
and the tapes were scheduled for hand over in the middle of next
week. This will allow AMA to edit ready for manufacture at the
end of the month. The video concentrates on football and will
include some previously un-transmitted camera angles.
8. FFC Board Report
* It was confirmed that the Budvar evening the club originally
had scheduled for 19th January was now being held on 16th February.
A small delegation will attend from BairnsTrust
* Financially it is anticipated there may be a slight surplus
in this years accounts once all transfer fees are received.
* The meeting was advised of a new ruling, which means that if
you transfer a player a 5% levy is applied. This money is either
paid to the club who developed the player up to the age of 23
or if this is not clearly traceable the monies revert to a central
youth development fund. This has affected Falkirk’s payments
from Aberdeen in respect of Jamie McQuilken, although the deal
with Bristol City over Lee Miller includes a clause that they
will meet this fee in the event of a future transfer. The club
have written to the SFA and FIFA to clarify who is liable to pay
this 5% if it is not stipulated in a transfer contract.
* The OFT case is ongoing although it has been noted that there
have been mood swings at some Scottish Football Clubs as to the
advisability of this. Falkirk do not intend to drop the case.
* John Hughes has actively been looking for a forward but they
have either been out of the price range or no better than that
we already have in his opinion.
* The club are looking at their own scratch cards/lottery schemes
and we can expect to hear something on this in the next month
* Falkirk will be represented at the funeral of Reggie Smith next
week. His son has donated much of his memorabilia to the club
* There will be a new strip next year and the club hope to ask
fans views on design via the club website in the near future.
* A new special edition top in navy and white and featuring the
names of every player to play at Brockville subtely incorporated
will be available shortly.
* Brick sales have gone well with £16,000 being raised so
far. Contrary to many rumours Michael confirmed that ALL monies
raised are going to the club.
* The meeting was advised that Cup Tickets were expected to go
on sale from the club shop this Sunday. The meeting expressed
concern at this as St Johnstone tickets were on sale at the same
time and suggested the club consider putting the sale of cup tickets
back one week to give them more time to prepare.
9. Westfield Update
The meeting was given details of initial proposals for the make
up of the main stand in the new Stadium. These look impressive
and include a Health and Fitness centre, function suites, office/business
units for let, flexible hospitality suites and five a side changing
areas in addition to the club offices and sports bar. The meeting
expressed strong concern that the proposed sports bar was not
large enough for the Falkirk support and requested this be conveyed
back together with a suggestion that it be relocated to an area
on the first level. It was also noted that disabled facilities
are at ground level and suggested the club consider placing such
facilities in the other stands half way up. On the whole it was
agreed however that the plans look impressive.
10. Any Other Business
* Concern was voiced over the lack of progress in developing the
website which has been on line for a few months but as yet no
one within BairnsTrust can update. Kirstie is to look at all options
to have this rectified as a matter of urgency.
* Steven re-iterated a call for people’s opinions as to
what should be included in the remit of a fans representative.
* Murray handed over a sum of £38 in respect of the hire
fees received from the club for the video of Budejovice. It is
hoped that the video will shortly be available for hire from the
club shop. Steven Jackson also suggested they could be hired out
via the bus convenors of supporters clubs.
11. Date and Time of Next Meeting
As BairnsTrust have their A.G.M. shortly an interim meeting to
discuss this will be held on Monday 9th February at 7.30pm in
Elliots. As always all are welcome. The normal monthly meeting
will still take place on 16th February.
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