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Newsletter 46

If you are reading our newsletter for the first time ... welcome to BairnsTrust as a new member. If you wish to review some of our previous newsletters they can be visited at this section of the website...
The Trust take this opportunity to thank all for joining for the new season and appreciate all those that made a donation to the contingency fund, too many to mention individually, but very much appreciated. It has been assumed that all under 16s that have joined have done so with full parental/guardian consent.
You are cordially invited to attend the monthly BairnsTrust meeting in the Warm Up Area of the Falkirk Community Stadium on Monday 18/02/08, KO 7.30pm.
There will be a full agenda for discussion, but if you have any concerns you wish to raise, please respond to either or post your query on the message board at our website and we will try to cover on the night.
If you are unable to attend, the minutes from the meeting will appear on our website later for your perusal on these pages

BairnsTrust were saddened to hear of the passing of former Zeneca FSA Bus Convenor and long time Falkirk fan; Campbell Laing. Condolences to all the family from BairnsTrust. The funeral was well attended and the Trust were represented in good numbers.

The Falkirk Herald kindly promoted the latest Show Racism the Red Card initiative from BairnsTrust/Falkirk FC on Wed 06/02/08 as Falkirk star Russell Latapy visited Kinnaird Primary. Already up and running in local secondary schools, the scheme – backed in addition by Falkirk Council's Education Department and the Central Scotland Racial Equality Council, will roll-out workshops to primary pupils in the area. They are designed to provide children with a historical background on racism and promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different racial groups, while working towards the elimination of discrimination. Read the full article

The Trust is delighted to intimate the signing of our SEVENTH Corporate Sponsor of the season John Mitchell Haulage of Earls Road Industrial Estate, Grangemouth, FK3 8XA. Tel: 01324 486511. Fax: 01324 665116.

John Mitchell started the business in 1956 with one vehicle operating from Grangemouth in Central Scotland. The business expanded over the years and in 1973, moved to a purpose built 3 acre haulage depot with new offices, workshop and storage facilities at Earls Road in Grangemouth. Continued growth saw the acquisition of an additional site in Grangemouth in 1990. That is their Thornbridge Depot, a 26 acre site with 150,000 square feet of covered warehousing and storage capacity for over one thousand freight containers. For more details visit their website

Following the early announcement by Falkirk FC of the pre-season tour back to Holland for the third consecutive year from Wednesday 09/07/08 until  Tuesday 15/07/08, we are now seeking numbers for the “BairnsTrust Go Dutch” tour package.

The Trust have established that the Club are happy for us to offer a Dutch tour package with the disclaimer FFC accept no liability. It should be noted that BairnsTrust are not an official travel agent.

No fixtures have been arranged yet and could be as late as one month before the trip and even then are subject to change as the Dutch agent works on the fine details.

Early suggestions that Dwingeloo could be the base for the BairnsTrust party as well as the club is not recommended. Groningen/Heerenveen are possible alternatives with the later a good chance of hosting one of the games.

A minimum number of intendees are required to be able to make this a success.

Flights, hotels, buses to and from games and package prices are still to be sourced and confirmed.

Deposits and balance can be made via the BairnsTrust bank account as well as by cheque.

The Trust has set a deadline for numbers by the Members March Monthly Meeting on Monday 17/03/08.

To register your interest for the trip please Download and complete the form with the appropriate details. Forms also available at the matchday stall or request further details by e-mail

If you have any problem opening the word document/form download this form from HERE

Find out more details on the package at the monthly BairnsTrust meeting in the Warm Up Area of the Falkirk Community Stadium on Monday 18/02/08, KO 7.30pm.


LATE NEWS. Falkirk FC have since announced that they intend applying for entry to the Intertoto Cup this Summer. This will alter the above planned details. The club's intention is to postpone the Holland trip to later in pre-season i.e. Tue 29/07/08 - Mon 04/08/08. The above however is dependent on finishing above Hearts who are also considering entering the Intertoto Cup. See more

Talking of trips to far flung places we have made initial contact with our friends at Dee4Life Trust again seeking their generous hospitality to BairnsTrust Members at the Dens Park Lounges when we travel to play Dundee United on Saturday 23/02/08. If you wish to partake, please make your intentions known by email so that numbers can be collated. Priority will be given to Trust Members in the first instance. 

The 2008 BairnsTrust AGM will take place on Monday 21/04/08 in the Warm-Up area of the Falkirk Stadium, 7.30pm.

BairnsTrust still have a vacancy that requires to be filled on the Committee of the position of Secretary following the resignation of the previous occupant. Current Committee Members have had temporary spells covering the role alongside their own duties. If you wish to be co-opted to this office-bearer post, please feel free to attend the next Monthly Meeting on Monday 18/02/08 or make your intentions known by e-mail

The Trust will again be seeking candidates for the Committee and nominations for the new Associate Director/Trust Representative on the FFC Board. This post is open to any current member of the Trust, regardless of previous history or involvement in your Trust.


Key dates for your diary are:

- The deadline for eligible Membership for Committee positions and to vote was Monday 21/01/08.

- Nomination forms, proposals and AGM notification will be posted to Members after Monday 11/02/08.

- Date of next Trust Meeting Monday 18/02/08.

- Return of nomination forms for Committee positions by Monday 25/02/08, 7pm.

- A proposed "Hustings" discussion may take place at the Trust Monthly Meeting on Monday 17/03/08 in the Warm-Up area of the Falkirk Stadium, 7.30pm., subject to more than one application for the position of BairnsTrust Associate Director on FFC Board.

- Ballot papers will be sent out after Monday 17/03/08, again subject to more than one application for any Committee position or for the position of BairnsTrust Associate Director on FFC Board.

- Ballot papers if applicable to be returned by Monday 21/04/08, 7pm to Scrutineer.

The Agenda for the AGM will be along similar lines to previous years. To be confirmed :

1) Chairperson's opening remarks

2) Ratification of previous (AGM) minutes

3) Matters arising from previous (AGM) minutes

4) Chairperson's annual report

5) Secretary's annual report

6) Treasurer's annual report

7) Fans Directors annual report

8) Social Convenor's annual report

9) Election of office bearers/Committee members

10) Election of fans representative to the board of Falkirk FC

11) Constitutional amendments

12) Open Forum

13) Any other business

14) Date of next meeting

To save BairnsTrust some postage costs, if not already received, please feel free to uplift your Trust AGM pack from the matchday stall on production of you membership card at either of the following home games:

Saturday 16/02/08 v St Mirren
Wednesday 27/02/08 v Hibernian
Saturday 01/03/08 v Motherwell
Saturday 29/03/08 v Kilmarnock

The Trust also invite tenders for an Independent Examiner of the BairnsTrust "Annual Accounts." A one-page Letter of Engagement document can be obtained by contacting us by email.  This new style of reporting on the Trust's finances was passed at our last AGM, similar to that adopted by a number of other Trusts and has been ratified by the Financial Services Authority. The position of Independent Examiner can be carried out by anyone with a financial background, not necessarily qualified and will simply be reviewing the set of financial statements already produced by the Trust Treasurer for the financial year ended 30/09/07.

The Falkirk FC AGM took place on Thursday 07/02/08 at the Stadium. The Trust knew in advance that Resolution Number 2 would be contentious and so it proved to be with profound and well presented debates put forward for and against by both the Trust and the Major Shareholders Group respectively. A summary of the night will appear as an agenda point at the monthly BairnsTrust meeting in the Warm Up Area of the Falkirk Community Stadium on Monday 18/02/08, KO 7.30pm. 

The latest round of the popular Boardroom Experience Draws took place at the monthly BairnsTrust meeting on Mon 21/01/08, KO 7.30pm. The draw took us up to the league split, thereafter the final draw will hopefully be for the remaining top-six fixtures. Winners drawn were:

Sunday 27/01/08 v Celtic – S Wilson, Stenhousemuir.
Saturday 16/02/08 v St Mirren – S Traynor, Falkirk.
Wednesday 27/02/08 v Hibernian – G Forster, Falkirk.
Saturday 01/03/08 v Motherwell – R Stowe, Stenhousemuir.
Saturday 29/03/08 v Kilmarnock – J Jenkins, Falkirk.

Reserves in order – H Wardlaw, Polmont, K Muir, Bo'ness, N Baillie, Edinburgh, P Jack, Falkirk.

The BairnsTrust Former Player Association will have the following ex-players from the past appearing in Amarillo Lounge versus St Mirren on Saturday 16/02/08 :

Jim Scott
Jim Shirra
David Nichol
Ian Cowan
Roy Kemp
Derek Haston
James Lachlan
Harold Harris
Alex Duchart
John Markie
Eddie O'Donnell
Gregor Abel
Bobby Tasker
Walter Cameron

They will be there to meet and greet you and reminisce about their spells at the club. Already been and to attend future matches are:

S Crabbe, A Seaton, J Pearson, S Reid, B Brown, G Smith and G Hamilton. For more lists visit the Former Players Page

Various questions are fielded by the Trust between meetings and they are duly discussed and taken to the highest level in the Club for response. Some recent topics can be found in the Minutes section of the website.  Also included, amongst others, Aberdeen Cup-Tie Ticketing, Bus parking at Away grounds, Turnstiles at Hibernian and Pre-match Match Commander Meetings. If you have a matter that requires the club to investigate further, contact the Trust in the first instance via e-mail

Why not visit the matchday stall for our “Discount Sale” where all programmes, including this season, are now only £1 each and you can still uplift your free BairnsTrust A4, colour, 2008 calendar. Just bring along your membership card

Also for our under 16 members you can collect a free "bargain bundle" of old matchday programmes. Again just bring along your membership card.

We have recently doubled our stock of programmes and now cover each season back to the early nineties. Get your "wants" list prepared and see if we can assist. To allow more time to peruse our collection, the stall on the concourse is now open at half-time. Visit our online shop that has the NEW stock list of all our programmes for browsing

The programmes for sale at the stall are received by generous donations from numerous persons and are not from hospitality as has been suggested. The Trust gratefully acknowledge donations from the private collections of J Gardiner, P Mosson, C Christie, M Ritchie, D Paterson, A Totten, P Kidney and periodically from matchday staff, BairnsTrust Members and Committee. Such gestures are much appreciated and provide the Trust with a valuable income stream.

Falkirk FC has allowed BairnsTrust to become an Official Matchday Programme vendor using our stall on the concourse in the Main Stand at home games as the point of sale. We will cater for those who wish to buy INSIDE the Stadium pre-match and in return the Trust will receive the standard “seller’s fee” in return. This is proving a great success so far. We urge Members to purchase their copy from the stall to allow the Club to monitor how successful and necessary this point of sale is.

Again taking advance orders for the forthcoming International Friendly between Scotland and Croatia at Hampden Park on Wednesday 26/03/08. Please respond by your preferred contact method below.

Finally, if you have any topics or articles you wish to be included in future BairnsTrust Electronic Newsletters, please respond by your preferred contact method below.

Do you have a view on the dwindling number of Falkirk Supporters buses now going to matches? Increased running costs and a lack of numbers has seen some stop with others now merging to ensure this valuable service remains. Should the club be assisting?

Have you read the latest PWC report into Scottish Football Finances

If you are not receiving the hyperlinks to some of the websites contained in this newsletter, please inform us  by e-mail and we will rectify for you.

Look forward to seeing you at the next monthly meeting where there will be a chance to win a prize for attendees!

Peter Jack, FCCA

BairnsTrust Treasurer

Please support the Trust's Corporate Sponsors:

J H Kilt Hire

Building & Renovation Services

Beijing Villa Chinese Restaurant


Falkirk Signs & Print

John Mitchell Haulage and Warehousing

Thomas Johnston Quality Butchers Limited 

Links of interest:

Red Card Scotland

Kick Out Bigotry

Travelling Bairn

Bairns Online


Contact methods:

a) Email to

b) Post your query on the message board at our website:

c) Visit the BairnsTrust stall located on the concourse in the Main Stand at home games.

d) Attendance at the monthly BairnsTrust meetings at the Falkirk Community Stadium on the third Monday of the month, KO 7.30pm.