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

January 2016 Meeting Minutes

12 members were in attendance.

Forthcoming matches

Note – all dates below are provisional and all are subject to change due to possible cup commitments.

There was no great rush (unlike last season) to attend the Fiorentina away match, having been treated like animals, missing the last train home due to being held in the stadium etc!

Watford – 6/2/16 – Leaves Barnstaple Square 7:30, South Molton 7.45 (ish) and Junction 27 (8:15 (ish).

There are still some that are due to pay – Giles would appreciate the funds asap as he needs to buy other tickets as the matches come thick and fast.

Arsenal – 5/3/2016 At present 20 tickets have been allocated by Spurs, out of the 25 requested. Giles will try to get some more when they go on sale to members shortly.

Some have expressed an interest in possibly going to Aston Villa (away)-12/03/2016 but this is one that will almost certainly be moved if there is still some cup interest.

Anyone wanting to go to the game v Bournemouth – 19/3/2016 – Giles needs to know by 27 January.

One or two have also intimated they may like to go to Liverpool (away) – 02/04/2016.

For those wishing to go to Manchester United (home) – 09/04/2016 – the latest date for booking via the club is 10 February.

If anyone is interested in Stoke (away) 16/04/2016 – let Giles know asap!

The latest date for booking for West Brom (home) – 23/04/2016 is 24 February

The last home game is against Southampton – 07/05/2016 and the latest booking date is 01/03/2016

Last match of the season

9 have booked flights to Newcastle (departing Bristol Saturday 14th May and returning Monday 16th May for the match on Sunday 15 May. Hotel accommodation has also been booked – it may be possible to still book for both should anyone else wish to make the trip – Giles has full details.

Next Meeting 03/03/2016 This avoids any potential clash with a Europa Game(!)

Meeting minutes 8 October 2015

Minutes of club meeting 8 October 2015

Attendance was in double figures (11) for the meeting.

Forthcoming matches

Liverpool (Saturday 17/10/15 ko 12:45 p.m.) Clive is driving. Pick up Barnstaple Square 6 a.m. South Molton 6:15 a.m. and Junction 27 around 6:45 a.m. £70 or £22 if you obtained your own ticket and are paying for petrol only.

West Ham – (Sunday 22/11/15 ko 4 p.m.) Depart 8 a.m. from Barnstaple Square 8.15 a.m. South Molton. Prices as above.

Chelsea (Sunday 29/11/15 ko 12.00 p.m.) Again prices as above.

Please pay either direct to the club bank account or on the day.

Anyone wishing the club to try for West Brom away (Saturday 5/12/15), Newcastle home (Sunday 13/12/15) or Southampton away (Saturday 19/12/15) needs to let Giles know asap.

Looking into the new year, Giles needs to apply for tickets for Sunderland (currently Saturday 16/1/16) by 7/11/15 and Watford (currently Saturday 6/2/2016) by 25/11/15, so please let him know before those dates if you wish to go.

Xmas Drinks

Despite long discussion there was no consensus as to day or date for a Christmas meetup.

Last match of the season

Whilst it seems the season has only just started, plans are in hand to go the last match of the season on Sunday 15 May. The intention is to fly up on the Saturday and back on the Monday. Initial search indicated return flights via Easyjet from Bristol would be in the region of £53 total if booked now. There is however no guarantee of match tickets but Giles will see what he can do in due course! If you want to go contact Giles asap.

North Devon Spurs clothing

Guy will shortly be ordering further supplies of North Devon Spurs polo shirts/hoodies/jumpers. Please email him direct [email protected] to place an order.

Next Meeting Thursday 14 January 2016

Minutes 9/7/15 Meeting

It was pleasing to see a good attendance for the first meeting of the 2015/16 season with 15 turning up including a couple of new members joining up.

Forthcoming Games

The following games have been listed to try to attend. If you wish to go to any of these please contact Giles asap. Note you need to have paid your NDSSC subscription before tickets can be applied for through the club.

Saturday 15/08/2015 Stoke (h) 15.00

Saturday 22/08/15 Leicester (a) 15:00

Sunday 20/09/15 Crystal Palace (h) 13.30

Saturday 03/10/2015 Swansea (a) 15.00 ***

Saturday 17/10/2015 Liverpool (h) 15:00

Saturday 31/10/2015 Aston Villa (h) 15:00

Saturday 21/11/2015 West Ham (h) 15:00

Saturday 12/12/2015 Newcastle (h) 15:00 ***

 

*** whilst listed with these dates on the fixture list at Spurs website they will be moved to the Sunday because of the Europa league fixtures. Those in October, November and December are also subject to change for TV but these are not known at this time.

Manchester United (a) A few have expressed an interest and will try to go with Somerset Spurs. For those that wish to meet up and watch on TV, it has been suggested that you meet at the Bull and Bear, 128 Boutport Street, Barnstaple.

Finances – At the AGM it was estimated that around £1200-£1400 should be in hand at the end of the season. It was in fact £1562.28. We started the season with £1274.94 so a surplus of £287.34.

A reminder – For the forthcoming season 2015/16, club members under 16 will not be required to contribute towards bus transport i.e. all they need to pay for is the match ticket.

As reported at the AGM Torridgeside Football Club have purchased their promised footballs and a cheque was given to Kevin Payne at the meeting for the other promised donation.

There was discussion regarding the minibus drivers having both their ticket and transport costs funded by the club. The club occasionally runs low on funds where several matches come close together so it was proposed by Butch Cole that the petrol money element is paid by the drivers on match days but then reimbursed to them at the end of the season. This was voted upon and unanimously agreed.

The possibility of “shared” driving was also put forward as an option as it is a “long day” for one driver.

Fantasy Football League– once again Guy Cable will be co-ordinating this. A couple of rules for the forthcoming season – the winner has to be a member of NDSSC and there must be NO Arsenal players selected at any time during the season!!

Any Other Business – Giles (chairman) thanked the club members for their appreciation shown for all the hard work put in last season in providing him with some liquid refreshment in both can and bottle form for his trip to Glastonbury. Thanks to Gary Paine for organising this and he will be collecting contributions towards this on the next few trips!!

Subscriptions – as noted in last newsletter

26 members have so far renewed. Prices are £10 for an adult member and £15 for a family membership – 1 adult and any number of children under 16 (as at 1 June 2015).

To tie in with Tottenham membership, the due date for renewals is set as 1 June.

Payment can be made in a variety of ways.

By cheque – payable to North Devon Spurs Supporters Club. Post to Gary Paine – 2 Hamilton Close, Bideford, EX39 3DS.

By direct transfer to the club bank account – sort code 404423 account number 01387383

Please ensure your name is clearly shown.

New for this year – by direct debit. Many pay the Tottenham membership by direct debit – just set it up and it is done each year, and it is now possible to do this for your NDSSC membership. Simply go to http://bit.ly/NDSSC15 (family member) or http://bit.ly/NDSSC10 (adult member) and enter your bank details. The payment will be taken on 1st of the month and annually thereafter, but you can of course cancel it at any time.

Membership forms – we are not looking for existing members to complete membership application forms this year, but we would ask you to do so if there are any changes to your details e.g. address, telephone, email etc. You can download a form (or direct any prospective new members) to download) from the website http://www.northdevonspursclub.co.uk.

2015/16 Season Costs are: – Category A – £70, Category B – £65, Category C – £60.

Next Meeting – second Thursday in October – October 8th.

Minutes of May 2015 meeting

Just 6 members turned up for the meeting – the usual familiar faces!

The season in review – Giles reported that, whilst the season from a football perspective had seen its highs and lows, the Supporters Club appeared to have had a good year, with members going to many matches, both home and away, as well as a trip to Wembley and international travel to Italy and Wales!

Committee – there had been no nominations for any of the offices in the club. Those present unanimously re-elected Giles Stacey as chairman (who was willing to carry on fortunately!), Kevin Salter as Club Secretary and Gary Paine as Membership Secretary. Other committee members remain as before – Andrew Wooff, Lisa Smale and Guy Cable.

Remaining Matches – there are still matches left where members are attending. Those travelling to the Hull game – the minibus leaves Barnstaple Square at 8 a.m. Cost is £60 for those yet to pay. For those attending Everton away, the price is £65.

Finances – it was not possible to present a detailed financial report as there are still ongoing transactions in respect of the remaining matches. However it was reported that there were not too many games on which a “loss” was made, and even some of the Category A games showed surpluses – probably due to more travelling on the minibuses which covered the costs. It is estimated that around £1200-£1400 should be in hand at the end of the season.

This season has seen quite a few instances of tickets being ordered but then cancelled, sometimes at short notice. This could be by way of illness etc which cannot be foreseen. Members must therefore be fully aware that if they order a ticket, they are responsible for paying for that ticket, whether or not they use it. Fortunately, it has been possible to find takers for these tickets this year. Members should also however be aware that it is not down to the chairman to try to find a buyer for these surplus tickets! The penalty for non-payment is that no more tickets will be ordered!

Application of Funds – A reserve of funds is required as it is sometimes necessary to pay upfront for tickets, buses etc. However, the following was agreed:-

For the forthcoming season 2015/16, club members under 16 will not be required to contribute towards bus transport i.e. all they need to pay for is the match ticket.

Donations of footballs were agreed to both Ilfracombe Youth Football Club and Torridgeside Football Club. This was estimated to be around £50 to each club. They will be asked to purchase the balls and the club will then reimburse them.

It was also decided that for 1 match next season the transport would be provided free for all those travelling. It is not possible at this stage to know when this might be – the fixtures don’t come out until mid-June.

Subscriptions and membership forms– club subscriptions are once again due. These remain the same again – £10 for an adult member and £15 for a family membership – 1 adult and any number of children under 16 (as at 1 June 2015).

To tie in with Tottenham membership, the due date for renewals is set as 1 June.

Payment can be made in a variety of ways.

By cheque – payable to North Devon Spurs Supporters Club. Post to Gary Paine – 2 Hamilton Close, Bideford, EX39 3DS.

By direct transfer to the club bank account – sort code 404423 account number 01387383

Please ensure your name is clearly shown.

New for this year – by direct debit. Many pay the Tottenham membership by direct debit – just set it up and it is done each year, and it is now possible to do this for your NDSSC membership. Simply go to http://bit.ly/NDSSC15 (family member) or http://bit.ly/NDSSC10 (adult member) and enter your bank details. The payment will be taken on 1st of the month and annually thereafter, but you can of course cancel it at any time.

Member forms – we are not looking for existing members to complete membership application forms this year, but we would ask you to do so if there are any changes to your details e.g. address, telephone, email etc. You can download a form (or direct any prospective new members) to download) from the website http://www.northdevonspursclub.co.uk.

2015/16 Season Unless Tottenham increase match day prices, it is the intention that the costs for a trip remain the same as this year i.e. Category A – £70, Category B – £65, Category C – £60.

Next Meeting – this will be the first opportunity to sort out games for the new season so please try to come along. The meeting is the second Thursday in July – July 9th – (and not July 2nd as was announced at the meeting).

 

Minutes of Meeting – February 2015

Just 8 members braved the cold to attend the meeting.

The next game is Arsenal – an early start – pick up at 6 am in Bideford and 6:15ish in Barnstaple.

Italy trip – there are 6 members making the trip to Italy at the end of the month. An early flight from Gatwick makes it far more sensible to stay overnight prior to flying out. The Holiday Inn at Gatwick has since been booked. At the start of the season there were club funds earmarked for a European away tie and it was agreed that the club would fund this overnight accommodation/parking using part of these funds, all those going having already met the cost of flights/hotel/tickets etc.

West Ham game 22/2/2015 – 5 members have booked to go, travelling up with Somerset Spurs.

Wembley 1/3/2015 – tickets go on sale from Monday 9th February to club members. Giles has drawn the short straw to try to apply for tickets for several of the club members. The unknown is the number of loyalty points needed to obtain a ticket.

Leicester game -21st March. Lisa has agreed to drive.

Aston Villa game on 11 April – Kevin Payne to drive. Giles needs to know by Wednesday 11 February. Category B game – price £65.00.

Last home game v Hull on 16 May – anyone wishing to go needs to let Giles know by 24 February at the very latest.

Some are talking of applying for tickets for the last game of the season away to Everton (24th May) but nothing was formally decided. Similarly, there is a possibility of doing the Stoke away game (9th May) but there was only one taker from the 8 at the meeting. If anyone is interested in doing any of these please contact Giles asap.

Finances – to make it easier from an administration point of view, the club is looking to offer payment of your North Devon Spurs club membership by direct debit. This can easily be done online now at minimal cost. Look out for more details in the next newsletter.

Next meeting – 7 May 2015 – Green Man, Barnstaple

Minutes of Club Meeting – November 2014

The club November meeting was held at The Green Man, Pilton on 6 November 2014 at which 7 members attended with a few apologies.

Matches
Just 3 members are off to the home game v Stoke on 9 November – travelling up with Somerset Spurs from Bridgwater.

Everton game on Sunday 30th November – coach leaves Bideford at 8am, Barnstaple Square around 8.20.

Crystal Palace – another match where we are travelling up with Somerset Spurs – 6 members going to this game.

Swansea away – 14 December – a minibus will be going as far as Bridgwater to again hook up with Somerset.

Forthcoming matches – if you would like to go please let Giles know asap- note the latest dates below!!

Home v Sunderland – Saturday 17 January 2015 – deadline has now passed
Home v Arsenal – Saturday 7 February – deadline 19th November
Home v West Ham – Saturday 21 February – deadline 17th December
Home v Leicester – Saturday 21 March – deadline 28 January
Home v Hull -Saturday 16 May – deadline 26th February

Hopefully we will manage to get to another away game too….

There is a small range of North Devon Spurs Supporters Club merchandise available – namely polo shirts – at around £12. Order being placed shortly – requests to Guy Cable please <[email protected]>

Xmas Drink
Keep an eye out for news of our “Xmas Drink” – provisionally set to be on 28 December – to watch Spurs v Man Utd at the same time.

Transport
A serious reminder for people to please ensure that all their rubbish is removed from the bus (sweet papers, beer cans, newspapers etc)…..others do not want to have to pick up and clean after you – as has happened on recent trips!!

Next meeting Thursday 7 February 2015 at 8 pm at The Green Man, Pilton, Barnstaple.

New Members always welcome……
If anyone knows of people that would like to join, point them to the website (details below) where they can download a membership application.

Note – Minutes are sent by email and uploaded to the website.
http://www.northdevonspursclub.co.uk/
If you have received these by post but are able to provide an email address or you can access the minutes via the website (address below) or on the Facebook page and therefore no longer need a copy by post please email the club secretary [email protected] and the database will be updated. This will save on postage and stationery costs and help to keep the cost of attending matches down!