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Minutes of AGM held 7 June 2018 at The Green Man, Pilton, Barnstaple

Some 20 or so members attended. Apologies were received from 4 members.

2017/18 – there was probably at least one North Devon Spurs Member at every home game and
also at many away games (and abroad). We saw some great games at Wembley (and a few not so
good) but we now look forward to returning to “The Lane”. Numbers are not known, but we think
most season ticket holders renewed for 2018/19.
Finance – the finances are very depleted – membership brought in £670 to add to the opening
balance of £1142. Only a couple of expenses were incurred not related to matches – a branch fee of
£50 and a parking ticket of £25 (for taking up two spaces in Bridgwater and paying for one).
However, the biggest expense was the subsidy of games – so £1679.26 came out of club funds,
leaving just £207.72 available. There were many reasons why this arose.
Discussion ensued, and it was made patently clear that this level of subsidy cannot continue.
Therefore, changes going forward for 2018/19 were proposed and accepted.
Subscriptions
North Devon Spurs Membership fees were increased to: Adult Membership £15 – Family
Membership is for any number of children with a Junior Spurs membership for the new season and 1
adult – £20. If you have paid the same amount as last year, please send the balance to Gary.
Other changes
Tickets – in the past the club set a fixed price for both the ticket and travel, the price depending on
the Category level of the game. (Sometimes, people had tickets that actually cost more than the
fixed price). Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to do this. Therefore, if you order a ticket that
Giles has to obtain, you will have to pay the face value of that ticket.
If you book to travel on the bus, you will have to pay whether you actually travel or back out nearer
the time. Bus fares also need to be paid in advance direct to the club bank account at least two
weeks before match day (or sent by post to the Treasurer). There is no longer an option to pay “on
the day”. You will be advised of the cost via Facebook/email (see below).
(Note the club bank account is sort code 40-44-23 account number 01387383).
Junior members (those with a Junior Spurs membership) pay a £10 contribution to transport (was
previously free).
Away games – unless specifically organised, those members that make their own arrangements to
hire a bus, obtain tickets etc do so off of their own back, and should be financed by themselves.
None of the financial aspects should pass through the North Devon Spurs account.
We hope these moves put and keep the club finances on an even keel going forward.
As last time, if a member sells their ticket to someone else, and the purchaser wants to travel with
the North Devon Spurs, they must join up and pay the appropriate membership fee.
Club Officers 2018/19

There were no changes
• Chairman – Giles Stacey
• Club Secretary – Kevin Salter
• Membership Secretary/Treasurer – Gary Paine
• Other committee members – Jamie Ford, Lisa Ford, Guy Cable
2018/19
As excitement builds with the new stadium looking more and more impressive each day, we
await the release of the fixture list. The first home game may still be delayed from the official
fixtures list ….we just have to wait and see.
It is hoped that the club will do a similar Champions League “package” to that in 2017/18.
Lots of comments were made about travel with Somerset Spurs, and the consensus was to try
and attend as many matches (Champions League and Premier League) via our own methods
rather than jump on at Bridgwater.
A letter had been received from Brad Cars in Bradworthy, with prices for 8 /16 seater
transport – this would be considered.
Fantasy Football – Andrew Bawden won for the 2nd year running, and his prize this year is
free North Devon Spurs club membership for 2018/19.
Any other business
Gary asked that ALL members complete new membership forms again this year. There are
new membership forms which you can download them from the links below.
PDF Version
https://www.dropbox.com/s/hzgdn9rt2rs9svv/membership%20form.pdf?dl=0
Word Version
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wtva6v07iyabgc2/membership%20form.docx?dl=0
Please complete them clearly – please PRINT email addresses (IF you download the Word version
you can complete them in Word.
Facebook- whilst used extensively for organisation in 2017/18, email would also be used again in
2018/19 to also help keep members informed. Sorry-it will not be possible to post regular items to
the very few members for whom we do not have an email address.
Charity football match – a very good and enjoyable event. It is hoped to arrange matches against
other local supporters clubs (perhaps of other league teams e.g. Plymouth Argyle) in the future.
Drivers – offers to drive the minibus to games would be appreciated. This could be a shared drive –
e.g. one person drives up, another drives back – or a 50:50 up and back share.
Facebook – the supporters club does advise to take care when posting anything into the public
domain.

A request was made to please ensure you take all rubbish with you when leaving the transport. The
drivers are there to drive it, not act as unpaid cleaners before returning the minibus to the depot.

Annual General Meeting 2017

The AGM of the Supporters Club was held on Thursday 6 July 2017 at The Green Man, Pilton, Barnstaple – at 8pm.

Giles presented a review of the 2016/17 season and a summary of the financial position.as follows:-

Opening funds 1381.08 Branch fee 50.00
Memberships 520.00 Speeding fine 85.00
Web site 19.18
Fantasy football trophy 10.00
Deficit on travel to games 594.90
Closing funds 1142.00
1901.08 1901.08

It was recommended that no charity donations be made this year.

Election of Club Officers for the 2017/18 season – all officers contnue in their post, there being no other nominations

  • Chairman – Giles Stacey
  • Club Secretary – Kevin Salter
  • Membership Secretary – Gary Paine
  • Treasurer – Gary Paine
  • Other committee members – Guy Cable, Lisa Ford,  Jamie Ford

A discussion ensued regarding 2017/18 tickeitng and pricing. In the past it was necessary to book through the club a minimum of 4 tickets. However, just one ticket can be booked this coming season. Category A games may result in a ballot for tickets though.

Around 20 members have obtained season tickets for 2017/18 so many will pay on a “transport only” basis this season. This has been £25 from North Devon, £20 from Tiverton. It is therefore possible that many more members will be looking to attend matches this year so two minibuses per match may be required. A 29 seater coach is another possibility which would cost around £700.

Ticket prices for ad hoc matches have not been announced by the club yet so it is not possible to decide on pricing at this stage.

Bearing in mind the deficit in 2016/17, pricing needs to be carefully considered in 2017/18. However, the club decided to continue with the policy that under 16s (as a 1/8/2017) travel free for the 2017/18 season.

A speeding fine was incurred towards the end of the season by a driver. A discussion ensued with varied opinions at both ends of the spectrum as to whether the club should meet any future such fines. It was agreed that the driver involved be reimbursed this time, but the general consensus was that the club would be unlikely to meet any such liabilities in the future.

Guy Cable ([email protected]) notes that club t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts etc can be obtained at very reasonable prices. Any requests direct to Guy please.

Membership of the club – there were often disappointed members last year who wanted to go to matches but were unable to obtain tickets, and there were instances where members had tickets that were passed on to friends and acquaintances. Whilst tickets should not be such an issue this coming season, club members are requested to offer thier unused tickets to other club members first before passing on to others or selling seaon tickets back to Spurs. This can be done by letting Gile know of availability or posting in the Facebook group.

Where non-members do obtain tickets and want to travel up with the club, they will be required to pay a one off £10 joining fee to be a North Devon Spurs member.

There were isolated instances of funds not being paid on the day for travel/tickets and indeed there is still £10 outstanding from last year from one member. All funds due for a match should either be paid in advance direct to the club bank account or paid on the upward leg of the travel so that everything is paid before arriving at the ground.

Last year there was a Champions League ticket package – three group matches at a discounted price – and many expressed an interest in purchasing such a package again if offered this season. No further details are available at this time.

Fantasy Football – 2016/17 winner was Andrew Bawden. Guy Cable will orgainse this again for 2017/18. Further details will appear in the Facebook Group. No entry fee….no Arsenal players allowed at any time in the team….all teams to be publicly available for viewing.

Any Other Business – nothing arose under this item.

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Not part of the agm -there is talk of a Spurs legends evening – possibly in Ilfracombe – with Graham Roberts and Micky Hazard – if anyone is possibly interested please email Guy (details above). There is no commitment at this stage.

Forthcoming Club Meeting – 2 February 2017

Sorry about the extremely short notice !! We will try to give more notice in future.

However the chairman feels we ought to have a meeting……

So for those able to attend, there will be a Club Meeting tomorrow night – Thursday 2nd February – at the usual location – The Green Man, Pilton, Barnstaple – at 8 pm.

Minutes will be circulated after the meeting.

Hope to see at least a few of you there!!!

Who knows…..attendance may help you be on the short list for any tickets available towards the end of the season – (wishful thinking on my part!!!)

Club Meeting – 4 August 2016

The meeting was held on 4 August at The Green Man, Pilton, Barnstaple.

10 members attended.

2016/17 Season

It will be difficult to obtain tickets for matches this season – so expect to be disappointed and do not expect to get the tickets! The club can only apply for 10 tickets for each home game – and there is no guarantee that 10 will be allocated. It may therefore be necessary to try to apply for tickets when they go on sale.

3 members are going to the first game of the season – away to Everton
Application for 10 for the Crystal Palace game resulted in just 4 being allocated.
Liverpool game – 9 were allocated, but only 5 were required in the end so 4 were returned to the club!

Giles will apply for 10 tickets for games – please indicate to Giles if you would like to be considered for any allocated. You may be put into the N Devon Spurs “internal ballot” for tickets should numbers required exceed those allocated to the club.

Champions League

Thanks to Giles for spending 6 hours on the computer obtaining 3 match packages for the Champions League at Wembley. As he could only apply for 10 at a time, he had to complete a purchase and log in again to join the queue. (Tip – log in on two (or three different web browsers at the same time next time!!!)

The cost is £83 and Giles would appreciate the funds as soon as possible – preferably payable direct to him rather than the club – as he paid this on his own credit card.

Exact dates of matches are not yet known but you can see the weeks in which they will be played here: –
http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2017/competitionformat/

Transport will be sorted nearer the time.

There was some interest in possibly attending an away match in the Champions League – this will be considered when the other teams are known.

Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football – get your teams in for the N Devon Spurs League via the Daily Telegraph –

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Next meeting – date to be advised  at The Green Man, Pilton, Barnstaple

Minutes of Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held on Thursday 9 June 2016 at The Green Man, Pilton, Barnstaple.

13 members attended, with one apology received from Paul Fleming.

Finances

Whilst there was still money being accounted for on the night that related to the year just ended, Giles reported funds in the bank and cash held of £1432.08. Whilst donations of £131 had been given to local sports clubs during the year, it was pretty much a breakeven over the period. THe use of email to distribute newsletters (combined with making them available on the website and link via Facebook) has reduced the postage costs significantly. Only a handful are posted out now.

No further donations were agreed to be made at the meeting. The club has to have reserves to meet the upfront cost of tickets for games, and no one should have to resort to paying from own funds, even if only a temporary measure.

Review 2015/16

As a club, 17 games had been attended – however, several had made other arrangements to go to many of the other games during the season.

Thanks were recorded to all those minibus drivers over the season.

Committee

The chairman (Giles), treasurer/membership secretary (Gary) and club secretary (Kevin), all agreed to carry on in those positions. The other committee members were also re-elected -Andrew Wooff, Lisa Smale and Guy Cable.

2016/17 Season

A look forward to the coming season indicated that getting tickets is likely to be difficult. Some 4,000 seats have been removed already for the development so there is a reduced capacity. The club will have to go into a ballot along with other supporters clubs for tickets, and even then there is no guarantee that all tickets applied for will be allocated. Tickets could also possibly be anywhere in the ground. Members may therefore have to resort to applying online as soon as tickets go on sale.

Prices for matches will remain the same (but the club reserve the right to review this during the season). The price has been generally fixed based on the “normal” seating area of South Stand Lower, however, ticket prices can be more expensive elsewhere and this may eat into club funds.

Category A – £70, Category B – £65, Category C – £60.

The club policy of free transport for under 16’s is to continue for 2016/17.

Champions League matches will be on a Tuesday or Wednesday at Wembley – it is hoped that tickets will be more readily available for these matches.

Any Other Business

Membership – For the coming season, any member travelling to matches with the club HAS to be a member of North Devon Spurs – even if this means they “join up” on the day and pay their £10 membership fee! (So those going to a Category A game pay £80). (This is in line with the policy in place in other supporters clubs).

Minibus – A discussion ensued regarding the possibility of the club purchasing its own mini-bus. This would make it more flexible as regards timings – not having to return it late at night (often out of the way for some drivers), and could ultimately be cheaper in the longer term. It currently costs £80-£90 each time. This will be kept under review and Jamie is keeping his eye open for a suitable opportunity. Insurance would need investigating before any decision is made however.

Fantasy Football – Guy will once again arrange the Fantasy Football-keep an eye on Facebook for more details (and the rules for 2016/17). A £25 shop voucher will be purchased for last year’s winner.

Golf – if anyone is interested in a golf match v Somerset Spurs, please email in and your details will be passed on. Date yet to be confirmed.

Fixtures – there appears to be a “leaked” fixture list going around- we are not sure if this is accurate or not- the official list comes out in the next few days. Once again watch the Facebook group for details or email Giles directly to be kept up to date with planned matches.

Membership
You can download your membership forms here. Remember we need new ones completed for the 2016/17 season.

http://www.northdevonspursclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/membership-form.pdf

Next meeting 4 August at The Green Man, Pilton, Barnstaple

2014 AGM – June 2014

Welcome to the June newsletter and thanks to the 12 members that attended the AGM meeting …

First as usual was the re-election of the committee where Giles Stacey will carry on as Chairman…Kevin Salter will now be Secretary and will be will be doing the Newsletter …Gary Paine will continue as Treasurer and will be taking care of the Memberships.

AGM RUNDOWN

1. If you have an email address your next newsletter will be via that format. This will save considerable costs in stationery and postage.

2.The next meeting will be on Thursday August 7th to discuss fixtures…..then after that meetings will be every 3 months instead of every 2.

3.Prices will stay the same for North Devon Spurs membership £10 – and £15 for the the Family deal. Prices for transport and tickets will at present stay the same unless Spurs increase their ticket prices and there may be a change.

4.We are expecting to lose some members due to a possible Cornwall supporters club being set up.

5. Due to the Newsletters being done via email we hope more people will use our website and the Facebook link where you will find the latest Newsletter ..info about pick up times for games …spare tickets…and any games we decide to do at the last minute which are not down as selected.

6. A donation of £50 was given to Ilfracombe under 12 fc and £500 was set a side to subsidise for a possible away trip (home or abroad).

GOLF AT CHUMLEIGH

There will be a little knock about for members on Sun July 6th Tee Time is 12.00 …prices for 18 holes is £10 ..clubs are available for hire.

See you for next season -keep the faith- COYS

please download a NDSSC membership form and complete asap.

 

April 2014 Newsletter

Welcome one and all as the season nearly comes to the end (some might say not quick enough!) we have had more ups and downs than Guy’s Ladbrokes account ……Thank you to the 11 members that attended this month’s meeting.

Not a great deal to discuss as all remaining games are as good as sorted. If you owe for the Villa game please get your money in ASAP…£65……..

Thank you to everybody that has helped the club out this season i.e. driving the bus , dealing with the web site , sitting on the computer getting tickets screaming at that bloody circle while you wait in the queue(!),getting the beers in or the coffee – well done and thanks.

News from North Devon Spurs

We will be taking 2 buses up to the Aston Villa game. Thanks to Lisa and Kevin for driving and will be leaving at 7 am sharp…..
Still in the pipeline is Stoke away we have 15 tickets. If you have applied for one can you get your £40 in ASAP as Giles has stuck these on his credit card …THFC have said they will pay for the transport and fuel….

Club merchandise-we are in the process of placing another order so let me know what you want – T.shirts..fleeces..Hoodies (Green are popular eh kev)

A.G.M Thursday 5th June 2014

The big one of the year people where we will be electing or re-electing Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. Please try and attend as we need some input and ideas to keep the club going. We have a healthy membership of 67 and want to keep it rising… also a total up of the club funds.

On the night we will be awarding our Oscars to the Mini bus driver or drivers of the year and the winner of our North Devon Spurs Telegraph Fantasy Football which has been well supported.

WELCOME TO THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

RIGHT HERE WE GO

MANY THANKS TO THE MIGHTY 9 THAT ATTENDED THIS MONTHS MEETING…THE NEXT GAMES THE CLUB ARE ATTENDING ARE CRYSTAL PALACE AT HOME ON SAT 11TH OF JAN 2014 LEAVING THE SQUARE AT 7.30,OTHER PICK UP POINTS NEARER THE TIME, THANKS TO BUTCH FOR DRIVING…

MAN CITY AT HOME WED 29TH JAN A DRIVER REQUIRED ?…IF NOT POSSIBLY GOING UP WITH BRIDGEWATER SPURS…

AFTER THAT WE ARE DOING EVERTON (WHICH HAS JUST BEEN MOVED TO SUN 9TH OF FEB) .

FUTURE GAMES……………….

CARDIFF WAS SAT 1ST MARCH NOW SUN 2nd MARCH CAT C PRICE £60 CUT OFF 26 DEC

SOUTHAMPTON SAT 22ND MARCH CAT B PRICE £65 CUT OFF 28 JAN

SUNDERLAND SAT 5TH APRIL CAT B PRICE £65 CUT OFF 13 FEB

FULHAM SAT 19TH APRIL CAT B PRICE £65 CUT OFF 20TH FEB

ASTON VILLA SUN 11TH MAY CAT B PRICE £65 CUT OFF 27TH FEB

XMAS DRINK

WITH THE DRAW MADE ON SUNDAY WE HAVE GOT A*****L IN THE FA CUP SO WE COULD MEET UP AND WATCH THE GAME AND HAVE A COUPLE OF BEERS SOMEWHERE.

ON THE SUBJECT OF WOOLICH FC (A*****L) THOSE THAT WANT TICKETS FOR THE LGE GAME ON MARCH 15TH PLEASE LET GILES OR ME KNOW ASAP DEPENDING WHAT THFC GIVE US AN WHAT WE CAN GET ON LINE ….PLEASE REALISE THAT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT WE CAN GET EVERYONE A TICKET AND ALL GAMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

5 A SIDE
THE FIRST TRAINING SESSION HAS BEEN COMPLETED WITH A GOOD TURN OUT OF 10 ATTENDING HOPEFULLY GET ANOTHER ONE IN SOON …WATCH THE WEBSITE FOR NEWS.

NEXT MEETING
NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON THUR FEB 6TH KO 8PM 2014.

DRIVERS LGE TABLE
1 LISA 7 PTS (1 EXTRA FOR ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS V HULL)
2 KEV 6PTS
3 GILES 3PTS
4 BUTCH 0
5 TIM 0

THIS COULD GO TO THE WIRE !!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL ……COYS……

UNDER STARTERS ORDERS

Welcome back one and all for another season nearly upon us. Welcome also to the new members that have joined North Devon Spurs.

Thanks to the 15 members that attended this months meeting (apologies for my absence)- great turn out.The club are attending the first home game of the season v Swansea where we will be leaving the Square in Barnstaple at 8am–S.Molton 8.15–J27 8.45 (thanks to Lisa for driving…..she shoots to the top of the drivers league table). With 11 members going, at the present time there is 1 space left on the bus.

GAME ON !!!

We are going to apply for all the Cat A games via THFC with 15 Tickets each time,a case of see how we get on with that one.

We have sorted games out up till December which involves all the Cat A games £70 and Newcastle Cat B £65 and possibly Hull at home Cat c £60 Also Aston Villa away and Cardiff away where the plan is to go on Saturday and stay the night before the game ..anyone interested in any one of these games contact me or Giles.Also any other games of interest not listed let Giles know.

BBQ At The Green Man Pilton

We are hoping to arrange a BBQ for the first game of the season against Palace…watch the game (KO 1.30) and eat after; the club will be paying for the BBQ and putting an amount over the bar….But we need a minimum of 15 people so please can you let me know if you wish to eat and if you have any dietary needs !!….please don’t leave it too late though!! (Tues 13th Aug cut off date)

Fantasy Football (Daily Telegraph)

We will also be setting up a Fantasy Football League with a prize at the end of the season. Once it is set up I will forward the details on the North Devon Spurs Site. It’s nice and easy and a bit of fun for the bragging rights at the end !!!

CLUB MERCHANDISE

If anyone would like to purchase Tshirts,hoodies, polos or fleeces with the NDSSC logo let me know. All at reasonable prices.

Tournament
Anyone interested in playing in a 11 a side tournament representing North Devon Spurs let me know and I will pass the info on.

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be on Thursday 3rd October ko 8pm. please continue with your support see you there.

COYS

DRIVERS LGE TABLE

  1. Lisa 3
  2. Tim 0
  3. Butch 0
  4. Kev 0
  5. Clive 0

AGM June 2013

Many thanks to the 10 members that attended this months Meeting for the A.G.M.

MINUTES FOR MEETING

1.The committee will be as last year with the posts as on the "About" page of this site.

2.Travel prices to games will stay the same Cat A £70-Cat B £65- Cat C £60.

3.Membership prices for NDSSC will also stay the same ,£10 for adults £15 for 1 adult and as many children under 16 in same household…children under 16 £5.

4.Club funds…..we have £ 1053.22 in our account.

5.Club donation… we have decided to give to 4 charities this year; firstly we will be giving Clint Rance £100 for his chosen charity Action Medical Research – good luck on the bike ride …second £50 toAshley Braunton to the North Devon Hospice on his marathon run..thirdly £50 to Steve Bennett on his Sky Dive also for North Devon Hospice and again we will be donating £50 to Ilfracombe youth fc – good luck everyone.

6.Possible BBQ at the Green Man TBC …

7. Fantasy Football league with the Daily Telegraph to be set up for season 2013/2014 with prize at the end of season for winner.

8.Any ideas or suggestions ? More away games ie Europa lge and possible weekend away to Sunderland …Newcastle ..scouse land Cardiff ?

9.Next Meeting will be on Thursday 1st August ko 8pm.

10.Meeting closed at 9.15pm.

LEDLEY KING TROPHY

Only 2 tickets became available at the very last knockings when it was confirmed very late that Ledley King was available to do the Q&A session …Guy and Giles left at 5.30am and returned same day. Awesome training ground – what we saw of it an got to present NDSSC trophy to the man who was very grateful.. hopefully we will get more tickets next year and someone else can enjoy the experience..(Thanks to Clint for having a word ) we had a write up in the Gazette and will be in the Journal Thur 13th also.

WHO WANTS TO PLAY AT W.H.L ?
Yes that’s right who fancies treading on the sacred turf next May to coincide with the Supporters Club Awards ,where there is going to be a tournament between the 32 Supporters clubs in this Country/Britain on the following Monday of the awards and the last game of the season.. To play at White Hart Lane don’t know if it is 11 a side or 7 or whatever we will wait with bated breath!!!!!

Banking Details

Anyone who wishes to pay directly in to North Devon Spurs account at HSBC next season for tickets etc the account number is at 01387383.…….. sort code 40-44-23

Fixtures 2013/2014

The fixtures will be out on Wed June 19th so the next meeting will be to sort out what games we want to attend and the next meeting will be on Thursday 1st August ko 8pm please try and attend for your input….COYS