The Chairman’s Musings

The Chairs programme notes of wit, wisdom and eternal optimism, from the pen of  John Burgess.

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EASTLEIGH NOTES

Tuesday night saw another good away attendance by Fleet Fans who were rewarded for their trip to Dover with another well-deserved point following a good performance by Jordan Holmes in goal. A steady improvement seems to be the order of the day as the players become a more cohesive unit. Let us hope this continues to be the case.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust are in the middle of a move from the Old Boardroom to the Old Club Offices at the end of the old stand. This is to enable the Club to lease the Old Boardroom to generate income. This move will take place over a couple of weeks and although the office has moved there are some technical problems which are taking longer to resolve than we hoped and this means the option to pay by card when booking way travel will not be available for a couple of weeks.  All bookings and membership renewals can still be processed by the old fashioned use of cash! The bar has not yet been moved so you will still find it in the Old Boardroom. If all goes according to plan the move should be completed in time for the game on 21st September v Barrow.

Away travel bookings are being taken for the trips to Woking on Saturday 14/9, Wrexham on 28th September and Harrogate on 5th October – remember this coach is leaving at 8am to enable time to be spent in Harrogate as the kick-off is not until 5.20pm. Early booking for this trip will help enormously.

Membership renewals are going well but there are still some to be renewed so don’t delay come to the office and get it done.  Please remember to bring your membership card with you so it can be stamped. Any memberships not renewed by the end of September will be considered as lapsed.

On Sunday 1st September Sue Robinson and some of her friends completed a charity walk form Darenth Hospital to the football ground followed by afternoon tea in the Fleet Supporters’ Trust members bar. A fun time was had and a good amount of money raised for the ITU at the hospital so congratulations to Sue and all concerned.

I am concerned to learn that some friends and family of players have been upset by the amount of verbal abuse directed at their family member – to the extent that they have found it necessary to move to a different area of the ground. This is intolerable and I ask all right-minded fans to help stamp it out. Please remember that all players are doing their best and personal abuse serves no good purpose. Support and encouragement will get a far better response. I’m away in Devon for today’s game so will have to endure keeping updated by twitter – it’s just not the same!

I think that’s enough from me so get behind the players and roar them to that elusive home victory we all yearn for. UP THE FLEET!

 

FC HALIFAX NOTES

Good afternoon everyone as we embark on another season of National League football at The Kuflink Stadium. From the evidence of the performances in the pre-season friendlies Garry Hill has used his vast experience to make very shrewd signings and there is every reason for optimism in the months ahead.

Today sees the Fleet Supporters’ Trust being match sponsors and ten lucky members will be enjoying their time in the Hospitality suite. As you will notice the Fleet Supporters’ Trust are this season sponsoring the electronic scoreboard which, hopefully, will show plenty of goals and the winning 50/50  number.

During the close season two members of The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board have left because of personal reasons. On behalf of The Board and members, I wish to thank Dave Rutnam and Steve Boem for their hard work during their time on the Board. We are looking to recruit two new members for the Board so if you want to know more or are interested in joining the Board please contact me or any Board Member.

Away travel will continue to be provided by Redwing Coaches. The price structure remains the same as last season but in order to obtain the Fleet Supporters’ Trust discount members must produce a valid membership card.

Bookings for away travel can now be made with John Burgess on 07951 610878 or Tracy Down on 07764 731633, at the office on match days and by email at away.travel@thefleetsupporterstrust.com. Payment by card and cash at the office when booking is preferred.

Bookings are being taken for the trip to Bromley on 6/8/2019 leaving at 1715 and to AFC Fylde on 10/8/2019 leaving at 0700. Fleet Supporters’ Trust membership renewals are now due and can be made at the office on match days – payment can be made by card or cash also by standing order or direct debit.

The second edition of the newsletter should have reached your inbox – if you have not received it please contact Tracy to ensure your email address is correct. Hard copies can be made available to those who do not have email, just ask at the office if you want one posted to you. On the subject of Social media a new Facebook page has been set up which has a grey or blue tick to indicate it is the official Facebook page of The Fleet Supporters’ Trust. Do please visit it as it will be well worth a look.

By popular demand there will be an away weekend for the game at Harrogate.  This trip will leave on 4/10/2019 returning at 6/10/2019. The cost will be £116 per room for two nights bed and breakfast for two people; travel will be £45 for members and their partners, for non-members it will be £50. Full details can be obtained from the office or by contacting John Burgess. Please don’t delay if you are interested in joining this trip. As the game is an evening kick off the whole of Saturday if free to enjoy the many delights of Harrogate. Well that is enough from me so let’s get behind the Fleet and roar them to victory. UP THE FLEET!

YEOVIL TOWN NOTES

It has proved to be a tough start for The Fleet this season as we await our first points of the campaign. Supporters must remain patient and get behind the team a wise man of my acquaintance says it takes at least a month for a team to gel.

The trip to Fylde saw a much-improved performance from that at Bromley as was witnessed by the 100 or so supporters who made the long trip and it was great to hear the Ebbsfleet fans in fine voice despite the wind and rain. We all must remain positive and support the players and staff through this difficult patch – being negative is not helpful – we must all ‘Believe’.

The August newsletter has been emailed out by Tracy. If you are a Fleet Supporters’ Trust Member and didn’t receive it please ensure we have your correct email address. If you do not have email and would like a hard copy please call in the office and it will be arranged. The newsletter is a great read and many thanks to Tracy for her hard work in producing it.

There are still rooms available for the weekend trip to Harrogate on 4th October so please book as soon as possible as the closing date is the end of August. Details are on our website or there are information sheets obtainable from the office or contact John Burgess for more information. This trip gives the opportunity of time in Harrogate in the day on Saturday as the game kicks off at 5.20pm. It is open to all.

Fleet Supporters’ Trust memberships are now due for renewal; this can be done in the office. Remember current membership is necessary to obtain the discount on away travel and a valid membership card must be produced when booking away travel. It is essential that you remember to bring the card to be stamped when you renew membership.

Away travel bookings for Solihull on 17th August, Borehamwood on 26th August – Bank holiday Monday, and Dover on Tuesday 3rd September are now being taken. You can book at the office when payment can be made by cash or card; otherwise by contacting Tracy on 07764731633 or John on 07951610878. Please don’t call Steve Boem as he is no longer organizing away travel.

That’s enough from me so let’s all remain united and get behind the team this evening and roar them to that elusive victory and show we do “Believe”   UP THE FLEET!

 

NOTTS COUNTY NOTES

Those supporters who made the journey to Solihull last Saturday witnessed another improved performance from the Fleet which went unrewarded when the fickle hand of fate resulted in an own goal giving a grateful Solihull an undeserved three points. On the balance of play, the Fleet were worthy of at least a point but it was not to be.

We must all ‘believe’ and get behind the team and management as they strive for that elusive first win and point – it will surely come soon.

The weekend trip to Harrogate in October has been cancelled due to insufficient demand but The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board decided at their recent meeting to arrange for the day coach to leave early – probably around 8am – thus giving everyone the chance to spend some time in Harrogate – a visit to Betty’s Tearoom may be arranged if there is demand. This enables anyone wanting to make the trip but not go to the match, which kicks off at 5.20pm, to spend time in the town. If you are interested please book early. More details are available from the office.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board have delivered flyers to new developments near to the ground in an effort to drum up more support for The Fleet. If anyone wants some to deliver to their locality please contact us in the office.

Away travel bookings are being taken for the trips to Boreham Wood on 26/8, Dover on 3/9 and Woking on 14/9. Note that if you are booking for Dover and don’t feel able to climb the steep slope to the ground arrangements can be made for their buggy to take you from the coach to the ground – just mention it when you book.

Membership renewals are going well but there are still some to be renewed so don’t delay come to the office and get it done – payment can be made by card as it can for away travel.  Please remember to bring your membership card with you so it can be stamped. Any memberships not renewed by the end of September will be considered as lapsed.

There have been a couple of unpleasant incidents involving supporters which, if repeated, could bring problems for the club and incur financial penalties. I know passions can be high but please let’s all try to maintain a standard of respectable behaviour without the need for draconian stewarding – in my experience a degree of self-policing by fellow supporters proves most effective. It is possible to be passionate in support of the team whilst not crossing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

I think that’s enough from me so let’s get behind the players and roar them to that elusive victory we all yearn for. UP THE FLEET!

ALDERSHOT NOTES

Since I last wrote programme notes the mighty Fleet have registered their first point and first win of the season. The game against Notts County showed another improvement with a solid performance against a team recently in the Football League. The Fleet were the stronger side in the last 10 minutes and with a bit more luck could have gained that elusive first victory but had to settle for a point to mark the start of their attempt to move off the bottom of the table.

Bank Holiday Monday saw a good number of Fleet fans make the trip to Borehamwood – in my view far more than the 172 they announced – and have the reward of witnessing the first Fleet win of this season which took us off the bottom of the table. The team looked more solid throughout and saw out the win despite a contentious penalty which gave rise to a nervy last few minutes for the fans. The journey home was most enjoyable.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board decided at their recent meeting to arrange for the coach to Harrogate on 5th. October to leave early – probably around 8am – thus giving everyone the chance to spend some time in Harrogate – a visit to Betty’s Tearoom may be arranged if there is demand. This enables anyone wanting to make the trip but not go to the match, which kicks off at 5.20pm, to spend time in the town. If you are interested book early. More details are available from the office.

On the subject of the office The Fleet Supporters’ Trust are in the middle of a move from the Old Boardroom to the Old Club Offices at the end of the old stand. This is to enable the Club to lease the Old Boardroom to generate income.

This move will take place over a couple of weeks and although the office has moved there are some technical problems which means the option to pay by card when booking way travel will not be available until the problem is resolved.  All bookings and membership renewals can still be processed by the old fashioned use of cash!

The bar may be moved for today’s game but if not you will still find it in the Old Boardroom.

Away travel bookings are being taken for the trips to Dover on Tuesday 3/9 and Woking on Saturday 14/9. Note that if you are booking for Dover and don’t feel able to climb the steep slope to the ground arrangements can be made for their buggy to take you from the coach to the ground – just mention it when you book.

As a result of some abuse of the concessionary travel fare for those under 16 years of age it has become necessary to ask that anyone claiming the reduced fare for Under 16s produce proof of age. If you are over 16 and still in full time education this concession is available – again on production of proof. It is disappointing to have to do this but it is crucial that all those travelling pay the appropriate fare.  It is still a very cheap way to travel away – just compare with other club’s away travel prices.

Membership renewals are going well but there are still some to be renewed so don’t delay come to the office and get it done.  Please remember to bring your membership card with you so it can be stamped. Any memberships not renewed by the end of September will be considered as lapsed.

I think that’s enough from me so let’s get behind the players and roar them to that elusive victory we all yearn for. UP THE FLEET!

 

TORQUAY NOTES

Hello everybody as we are back at The Kuflink Stadium for the visit of Torquay tonight.The Fleet roller coaster is in evidence again – the solid win against Barnet seems a while ago now and gave a glimpse of what we hoped was a turning point to kick start the season.

The trips to Wrexham and Harrogate have shown that it was a false dawn with disappointing losses on consecutive away trips returning us to the bottom of the League.

The resolve of loyal supporters is coming under pressure with results proving hard to find. This has resulted in lower numbers travelling to way games – either under their own steam or by travelling on the coaches provided by the Fleet Supporters’ Trust. The support of these fans is vital to ensure the players know there is support for them as they strive for that elusive next three points. We must all remain positive and be united behind the players.

A brief census amongst those travelling on the coach to Harrogate has revealed that there is some demand for a weekend trip to the game at Hartlepool in March 2020. In order for the viability of this trip to be assessed if you are interested please let me know or give your name to Tracy in the Fleet Supporters’ Trust office. Once an idea of numbers is known I will arrange costings etc to be published.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Members bar move from the Old Boardroom to the Old club offices is now complete apart from a bit of decorating still to be done. There are still some tweaks to be made as we go along but the bar is open for business tonight so please come along. It is not quite so far to walk!

If you haven’t yet renewed your Fleet Supporters’ Trust membership you will be receiving a reminder if you have email.  Please do so as soon as possible. Payment can be made by card or cash – Direct debit can also be set up so renewal is done automatically. Forms are available in the office. Don’t forget to bring your membership card so it can be stamped.

Bookings for away travel to Sutton on 26th October are now being taken: as I am writing these notes before the FA Cup draw we don’t know if a coach will be necessary but details will be in my notes for next Saturday’s game. If there is sufficient demand a coach will run to Chorley for the evening game on Tuesday 29th October so please let me or Tracy know as soon as possible if you want to go to that game. I understand that it is not possible to return after this game by public transport so if you want to go on the coach please book early.

Let’s hope for another good performance from the players today as they try to repeat the performance against Barnet and get behind them in a positive way by cheering them on. Enough from me so let’s hear it for the Fleet. Up the Fleet!

 

MAIDENHEAD NOTES

Hello everybody as we are back at The Kuflink Stadium today for the visit of Maidenhead. The Fleet roller coaster is in full-on mode at the moment! I was unable to be at game on Tuesday night and can’t make my mind which is more stressful; being there or following on twitter!

Despite scoring two goals a disappointing loss saw three more points escape as Torquay enjoyed their long trip on a Tuesday night.

Our win against Barnet seems ever more distant now and that glimpse of what we hoped was a turning point to kick start the season is fast disappearing.

The resolve of loyal supporters will come under pressure until that elusive win is achieved, until that comes we must all remain united and support the players in their efforts. It is important that they are aware the supporters are behind them.

The FA Cup draw has given us a home tie against Woking which may be a welcome distraction from the grind of League games – it’s one less away coach to organise!

As I mentioned in my last notes a brief census amongst those travelling on the coach to Harrogate revealed that there is some demand for a weekend trip to the game at Hartlepool in March 2020. In order for the viability of this trip to be assessed if you are interested please let me know or give your name to Tracy in the Fleet Supporters’ Trust office. Once an idea of numbers is known I will arrange costings etc to be published.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Members newsletter should be with you shortly – if you haven’t been receiving it pop in to the Office and speak to Tracy – it is a good read thanks to Tracy and her hard work. While you are there enjoy a drink and a chat in the newly decorated bar.

If you haven’t yet renewed your Fleet Supporters’ Trust membership you will be receiving a reminder if you have email.  Please do so as soon as possible. Payment can be made by card or cash – Direct debit can also be set up so renewal is done automatically. Forms are available in the office. Don’t forget to bring your membership card so it can be stamped.

Bookings for away travel to Sutton on 26th October and Stockport on Saturday 23rd November are now being taken. If there is sufficient demand a coach will run to Chorley for the evening game on Tuesday 29th October so please let me or Tracy know as soon as possible if you want to go to that game. I understand that it is not possible to return after this game by public transport so if you want to go on the coach please book early.

Let’s hope for another good performance from the players today as they try once again to achieve that elusive win and three valuable points. So let’s all get behind them in a positive way by cheering them on. Enough from me so let’s hear it for the Fleet. Up the Fleet!

CHESTERFIELD NOTES

Hello everybody as we are back at The Kuflink Stadium today for the visit of Chesterfield.

I was pondering on a theme for these notes on the long journey home on Tuesday and was playing with a Sherlock Holmes theme – well we do have a great Watson in Kevin who is doing a magnificent job investigating ways to win and a Holmes; but then I realised we didn’t have a Professor Moriarty!

So I will just go with my old roller coaster line – it’s certainly on the up after three away wins in a row.

It seems the further The Fleet travel the more goals they score; those diehard supporters who made the long trek on Tuesday night – around a hundred -were rewarded with four goals and three invaluable points. The resolve of loyal supporters has remained strong and united in support of the players in their efforts and gained their reward at Chorley. Thank you to all those who supported the coach run by The Fleet Supporters’ Trust.

The actions of players and staff going along the line of all the Fleet supporters after the game and shaking their hand was something I have never witnessed before but it made very real the appreciation of the players for the unstinting support given to them. Long may it continue.

The FA Cup replay victory against Woking proved to be the start of the run of three wins – the laying to rest of the ‘bogey’ by winning at Sutton was tremendous with the four-goal victory on a first-time visit to Chorley proving to be the icing on the cake!  Let’s hope we witness a home win today to move up a bit further in the League and keep the roller coaster going upwards.

As I mentioned in my last notes there is demand for a weekend trip to the game at Hartlepool in March 2020. In order for the viability of this trip to be assessed if you are interested please let me know or give your name to Tracy in the Fleet Supporters’ Trust office as soon as possible. Hopefully, I shall be in a position to give an approximate cost in the next couple of weeks.

The time for The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Annual General Meeting is approaching and the date will be confirmed shortly. The Board are keen to recruit some new blood in order to help spread the workload. If you would like to know more of what is involved please speak to me or any Board Member.

Bookings for away travel to Stockport on Saturday 23rd November and Barnet on Tuesday 26th November are now being taken.

Let’s hope for another great performance from the players today as they try to build on the last three wins and gain another three valuable points. So let’s all get behind them roar on the Fleet. Up the Fleet!

HARTLEPOOL NOTES

Hello everybody as we are back at The Kuflink Stadium today for the visit of Hartlepool.

Firstly hearty congratulations to Kevin WATSON on his appointment as Manager of Ebbsfleet United. A very popular choice from comments I have heard around the ground. Based on the five games undefeated until the last minute defeat against Notts County the appointment is well deserved. Hopefully the improvement seen so far will be continued – the football being played is certainly more pleasing to the eye – but there is still room for improvement. Let us hope that our move up the League table continues.

The weekend trip to Hartlepool in March 2020, which Fleet Supporters’ Trust have arranged, has met with a great response – there are only seven rooms now available – so if you want to go on the trip please book as soon as possible. When they are gone they’re gone! A big thank you to all those who have booked and paid their deposits. It is gratifying to know that the efforts of the Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board members arranging the trip are appreciated by those making bookings. Full details are on our website or can be obtained at the office on match days.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust were sponsors of Garry HILL and, as Kevin was already sponsored, the Board agreed that sponsorship be transferred to Alfie EGAN.

I’m sure all Supporters will join with me in congratulating Jordan HOLMES on his selection for Australia – hopefully he will enjoy his trip to China and be back with us ready for more games in the effort to climb the League table.

The October/November newsletter has now been sent to Fleet Supporters’ Trust members thanks to the efforts of Tracy DOWN. She was disappointed to have to hold the October newsletter after Jamie BALL left the Club (he was the subject of the interview!) but thrilled to get the scoop of the first interview with Kevin on his appointment. Well done to Tracy. Hard copies are available from the office if you are not on email.

Away travel bookings are being taken for the trips to Stockport on 23rd November, Barnet on Tuesday 26th November and Eastleigh on 7th December so come to the office on match day to book and pay.

The date for The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Annual General Meeting is confirmed as Thursday 5th December; doors open at 7.30pm with the meeting starting at 8pm. Admission is on production of a current Membership card. If you have mislaid your card a replacement can be obtained from the office. The Board are keen to recruit some new blood in order to help spread the workload so please give some thought to joining us. If you would like to know more of what is involved please speak to me or any Board Member.

Let’s hope for another great performance from the players today as they try to gain another three valuable points. So let’s all get behind them roar on the Fleet. Up the Fleet!

 

 

 

 

To read Johns’ notes from last season

CLICK HERE JB1819

 CLICK HERE JB1718

 

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