Minutes of the Bairns Trust
Monday 20th February 2006
at the Falkirk Stadium
S Jackson, W Sommerville, W Anderson, B Guthrie, P Jack, F Caldwell,
M McIntyre, J Gardiner, S Monfries, S Williamson, J Black, M Fraser,
G Forster, J Dick, S Adam, S Wilson, B Stuart, D Robertson, J
McFadden and J M McFadden.
K Adam, W Toft, J Toft, J Williamson.
Steven Jackson welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced
Peter Eadie, Chief Executive of Falkirk Community Stadium Ltd
as guest speaker.
Mr Eadie outlined the role of the JVC and relationship with the
Football Club and answered questions from members. The main points:
- Falkirk FC own 51% and Falkirk Council 49% of FCSL.
There are 7 directors (3 from FFC, 3 from the Council and an
- The 5 aside pitches and (soon) health & fitness area are
run by FCSL.
- Discussions with a preferred developer are ongoing and details
will be announced in the near future.
- A complete 4-stand stadium with 4 corner pods remains the
objective but financial considerations mean that areas have
to be financially viable. A corner pod that will generate income
is most likely next step. The South and East stands will be
of similar quality to the existing stands.
- As well as u21 rugby internationals plans are being made for
other sporting and non-sporting events to be brought to TFS
including a funfair and concerts as part of the “community”
aspect of FCSL.
- Undersoil Heating – the installers have made modifications
and the warranty period has been extended. The weather hasn’t
been sufficiently cold to assess the system since the modifications
- Pitch – The pitch is sand-filled and has had more use
this season than last with reserve games etc. The top couple
of millimetres has suffered an organic problem manifesting as
a black slime which has been treated. Aeriation is required
and Jim Dawson has this in hand.
- Snagging – The cracks and settlement in the building
cannot be cosmetically treated until the contractors/designers
decide who is to blame in case the dispute has to go to court.
As is usual in such cases a proportion of payment has been withheld
until the situation is resolved.
- Signage – Signs have been ordered for various parts
of the stadium including FFC logos to appear on the back of
the West stand. As with so much else, the delay has been for
financial reasons. There is also the potential for an electronic
scoreboard on site.
Steven Jackson thanked Mr Eadie for his full and frank contribution
to our meeting and Mr Eadie has promised to return to a future
meeting to report on progress.
Minutes of Previous Meeting
Had been published on the website and were circulated. Adoption
of the minutes was proposed by M McIntyre and seconded by Martin
- Fergus Caldwell had written to David Murray of Rangers FC for
further clarification of concerns about the flag parade held at
Ibrox during halftime in our early December fixture. The reply
he received was from an official of the stadium staff and frankly
still does not address the questions asked and was unsatisfactory
and the matter will be pursued further. Members present tonight
were given highlights of the letter, but as it was addressed as
private and confidential the Trust will not publish at this time.
If the subsequent reply is unsatisfactory we will have no hesitation
to make the matter known to a wider audience.
- We have had no acknowledgement to our letter complimenting Hearts
re their generous ticket prices, nor any thanks from Falkirk Council
regarding our members help undertaking the recent traffic survey
at the stadium.
All points were covered in other areas of the agenda.
- BairnsTrust AGM information had been sent out to 242 members
(excluding Junior Bairns) on Wednesday/Thursday of last week.
- The Secretary apologised to Murray McIntyre who was wrongly
named in the letter.
- The Warm Up Area has now been booked for the third Monday of
each month up to December 2006. Steven Jackson signed the necessary
- An Email had been received from Stuart Adam about the Charter
and had been passed to Steven Jackson to liaise with Stuart on
- At this point discussion turned to the production of THREE strips
in a season and how other clubs “get round” the guidelines.
Noted that 70% of FFC’s Club Shop income comes from the
sale of HOME strips.
- An Email had been received from Supporters Direct in Scotland
informing us that they have received funding until March 2008.
Information about the 4th Scottish conference will be coming out
soon, with any questions from our membership to be submitted in
next few weeks.
- Our new registered address and website has been emailed to SDIS.
- Another Email from Stuart Adam suggested linking our 2006-07
membership drive to Season Ticket sales again and perhaps consider
an Open Day along the lines of those previously held at Brockville.
It was decided that serious consideration should be given to this
- No new members had joined since last month, but a couple of
people had intimated their intention to join and also one possible
- ShareSave had brought in £297 but one member was refunded
£99 that had been overpaid.
- The contingency fund remained at £252. The Christmas Dance
meal invoice was £1692 and we still await the invoice for
the hire of the hall. The Meet the Manager Forum night expenditure
cost £23 for what was a “free night” to all
attendees and the 60’s night printing and advertising was
to be £150 (half to be paid by Drew Norloch). Income from
the auction at the Christmas Dance of £180 now received
and the payment of the large catering bill for the night of £1,692
has now been settled.
- The newly launched Spot the Team cards has so far raised funds
to the Trust of £130 with prizes of £70 and the Trust
made £140.60 from the first Amarillo cabaret night through
sharing profit on ticket sales, raffle etc.
- Jimmy Black offered 2 of the Drew Norloch sponsored strips at
the end of the season for fundraising purposes and we thank him
for all of his support.
- Various prizes had been received from the Bank of Scotland through
the Treasurer’s contacts, gratefully acknowledged. To open
up items to other club’s/trust’s supporters the potential
to auction products via our website was discussed.
- To reciprocate the kind hospitality shown by the Dundee Trust,
brief discussions to host other visiting trust members when playing
at the stadium has been made with a local hostelry.
- £4100 was in the bank but we need £5000 for ShareSave
- Secretary’s out-of-pocket expenses claim (mainly AGM materials/postage
costs) was received at the meeting for £107.90.
- One outstanding invoice remains re the hire of Grangemouth Town
Hall for Xmas Dance.
- The Treasurer sent out electronic newsletter #10 during the
- The Club had made a nice gesture by allowing existing ShareSave
members to buy their shares in multiples of 100 at the old price
instead of the usual minimum block of 400. Based on this new development,
the Treasurer will write to inform the members involved, with
a view to wrap up all claims by April/May deadline by projecting
- Year-end accounts are with auditor.
- Corporate Logos/Website links still to be collated for posting
on the BairnsTrust website to thank our corporate members for
their support. One request for details is outstanding with another
contact method since been established with this Corporate Member.
Social Committee Report
- The first Brockville Lounge Cabaret Night had taken place on
Friday 10th February and had been a successful enjoyable night
according to those present. One act was so successful they have
already been asked back! BairnsTrust received the sum of £140.60
profits from tickets, raffle etc. Thanks were offered to the Social
Committee and the Amarillo Bistro staff for the smooth running.
- The next three Cabaret Nights are scheduled for Fri 10th March,
Fri 14th April and Friday 5th May and further dates and details
for the rest of the year will soon be announced. Costs are £25
per head and the format will be a 2-course meal with tea or coffee
in the Amarillo Bar followed by a move to the Brockville Lounge
for the entertainment from 10pm until 1am.
- Special Christmas Cabaret Events are being planned with 2 separate
rooms hosting entertainment with 4 quality acts performing on
the same night. Customers would be free to move between the rooms
to enjoy all the entertainment. BairnsTrust will receive a donation
from each event.
- BairnsTrust’s themed 60’s-a-Gogo social takes place
this Friday in the Castings Club from 7.30 to 1am. A Beatles tribute
band and Robert T Leonard are to be the entertainment. A few tickets
are still available at £10 including buffet. Raffle prizes
would be gratefully received.
- The long awaited Quiz Night is now planned for the first week
in April, probably in the warm-up area of TFS with a bar supplied
by Drew Norloch. We would contact other Trusts and Bus convenors
to see if they would like to enter teams. Full details will be
confirmed as soon as possible.
- The Referees Night is still awaiting a suitable confirmed date.
The Social Committee willing to progress this. Again full details
will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Board Members Report
A report will appear on the website (NB www.bairnstrust.com).
Much of the last meeting involved Eddie May and Ross enthusiastically
outlining the youth policy that appears to be on track to produce
some breakthroughs into the first team squad in the near future.
Fergus intimated that our guest speaker also covered the JV topics
Falkirk FC AGM
As most BairnsTrust committee members were attending as shareholders
in their own right, Jack Gardiner will attend as the Trust representative.
There will be a meeting on Saturday before the QuarterFinal tie
with Hibs. Steven Jackson asked for topics or concerns to be raised.
Thanking the Club for financing the travel to Dingwall, size of
segregation gap in North Stand, Kier Homes ticket allocation of
Hospitality, the large number of Hibs fans in the temporary stand
at the last league match, and the Earlsgates Supporters bus crash
were all put forward to be brought up.
Steven Jackson reported that, disappointingly, no replies had
been received from the sample of shareholders that had been contacted
There was a suggestion that Supporters’ Clubs had received
an allocation of shares at some time in the past and that this
should be investigated to see if they were willing to donate the
shares or their proxy vote to the Trust. Steven Jackson currently
has the list of shareholders and will check. A Supporter’s
Club representative present stated they did have their certificate
and would let the Trust view it for information.
The Former Players Association
The Secretary had contacted Motherwell and Everton, the only two
senior clubs known to have former players groups. No reply had
been received from Everton, but Davie Whiteford (himself a former
Bairn) had emailed some helpful information about the Motherwell
group and how it functions and intimated that he would be happy
to be contacted again if required.
Stuart Adam, the originator of the idea, is also willing to help
and had mentioned it to Simon Stainrod who seemed interested in
Our general feelings are
1. Membership should be free to former players, although we would
enclose a Trust membership form with the introductory letter in
the hope that many would join us.
2. Initial contact should be restricted to players who have retired
from the playing side of the game as those who are still active
may have loyalties to their present clubs. This would not prevent
such players becoming members if they wished to do so nor preclude
us contacting them at a later stage when the FPA is up and running.
3. Fundraising/Sponsorship of some kind is likely to be required.
(The Secretary was hoping to seek the meeting’s permission
to contact Brooks Mileson of Gretna FC who is known to be generous
to football trusts but it emerged that, unknown to the rest of
the Committee, the Social Convenor had already sent a letter to
Mr Mileson on behalf of the Trust). Suggestions for other suitable
sponsors are being sought.
The Secretary will meet with the Club via George Craig this week
to discuss what help and support is available and to obtain the
contact details held by the club. A letter will then be drafted
and sent out as soon as possible.
BairnsTrust AGM Arrangements
Fergus Caldwell had raised a constitutional issue concerning the
resolutions included in the AGM information. This would be held
over to a short committee meeting following closure of the monthly
meeting. AGM still arranged for Mon 20/03/06, 7.30pm.
Andy Lawrie Testimonial
A Corporate Dinner had been arranged for November 5th in the Park
Hotel and several well-known guest speakers had been approached.
A meeting will be held in the next two weeks to finalise this
event after which full details will be made available.
Boardroom Experience Draw
Names were drawn for the home games against Rangers, Hearts and
Dundee United, tking us up to the League split. The Treasurer
will contact the lucky winners in due course.
The winners are:
04/03/06 v Rangers – David Love, Stenhousemuir.
25/03/06 v Hearts – Keith Adam, Grangemouth.
08/04/06 v Dundee Utd – William Robertson, Polmont.
Reserves were drawn in case of unavailability.
- The possibility of the Trust running the Marquee Dance was suggested
and discussed. However, it was felt that we had too much going
on to take on such an event, and the earlier suggestion of an
Open Day should be considered instead.
- The next visit to Motherwell was to be a charity day with entry
for adults £8 and children £2. We cannot be sure,
but we hope that this match was chosen so Falkirk fans would benefit
as a result of our complaints about overcharging and disorganisation
at the turnstiles at the September fixture.
- The topic of the Junior Bairns was raised and briefly discussed.
- The last attempt arranged by the Chairman to meet with the manager
and players to try to recruit them as members of the Trust had
fallen through because staff members were busy with transfer window
arrangements. As a result of the time that had passed since this
was first mooted, it was suggested that we should hold back and
try to achieve this before the start of the new season.
- The charging of non-members to travel to Dingwall by certain
buses was discussed. Various viewpoints were put forward by the
bus convenors present. The number of fans involved had been small
and none had objected to paying less than the normal fare to Dingwall.
It was decided that the best thing was to accept that this had
happened and draw a line under it, and should such a situation
arise again seek clarification of the club’s intentions
in advance. It was; after all, a great gesture by the club, which
had been much appreciated by the thousand or so travelling fans
that undoubtedly added to the atmosphere on the night.
- A request from the floor for the club to offer the Earlsgates
Supporters bus crash victims complimentary tickets for a forthcoming
match be recommended.
The next meeting of BairnsTrust will be the AGM at 7.30pm on Monday
20th March 2006 at the Falkirk Community Stadium. Everyone is
welcome and can participate in discussion, but only members are
allowed to vote on any issue.